12-15 July 2011
Saint George Hotel
Africa/Johannesburg timezone

Ionospheric response during the geomagnetic storm events on 24-27 July 2004: Long-duration positive storm effect

14 Jul 2011, 17:00


Poster Presentation Track D2 - Space Science Poster2


Mr Chigomezyo Ngwira (Rhodes University/SANSA Space Science)


Ionospheric storms represent large global disturbances in the ionospheric F2 region electron density in response to geomagnetic storms. The mechanisms for generation of negative storms are well understood and accepted. In contrast, positive storms show different characteristics and have not been fully understood. In this study, we investigate the ionospheric response during the geomagnetic storm events on 24-27 July 2004 using a multi-instrument approach. The period was characterised by strong geomagnetic activity that produced a positive ionospheric total electron content (TEC) effect over a four day period, but the most significant enhancements (with respect to the quiet day reference) were observed on 25 and 27 July and are presented here. It is noted that the enhancement on 25 July (40 TECU) was about twice as high as that observed on 27 July, even-though the later day was more geomagnetically disturbed. The positive storm enhancement on 25 July lasted over 9 hours and that on 27 July lasted about 7 hours, thus can both be classified as long-duration positive storm effects. Also, IMF Bz had a southward orientation for more than 15 hours on 25 July and could have been the mean by which energy was continuous fed into the magnetosphere. The DMSP F15 satellite which flew over the region of positive storm also observed the enhancement. In addition, the F-region critical frequency (foF2) values observed at two ionosonde stations showed marked positive responses and were associated with increase in ionospheric height.

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Primary author

Mr Chigomezyo Ngwira (Rhodes University/SANSA Space Science)


Dr Lee-Anne McKinnell (SANSA Space Sceince) Dr Pierre Cilliers (SANSA Space Sceince)

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