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Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Geophysical Monograph Series, Volume 201. Modeling the Ionosphere-Thermosphere System brings together for the first time a detailed description of the physics of the IT system in conjunction with numerical techniques to solve the complex system of equations that describe the system, as well as issues of current interest. Volume highlights include discussions of: * Physics of the ionosphere and thermosphere IT system, and the numerical methods to solve the basic equations of the IT system * The physics and numerical methods to determine the global electrodynamics of the IT system * The response of the IT system to forcings from below (i.e., the lower atmosphere) and from above (i.e., the magnetosphere) * The physics and numerical methods to model ionospheric irregularities * Data assimilation techniques, comparison of model results to data, climate variability studies, and applications to space weather Providing a clear description of the physics of this system in several tutorial-like articles, Modeling the Ionosphere-Thermosphere System is of value to the upper atmosphere science community in general. Chapters describing details of the numerical methods used to solve the equations that describe the IT system make the volume useful to both active researchers in the field and students.
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Preface Joseph D. Huba, Robert W. Schunk, and George V. Khanzanov vii Introduction Joseph D. Huba, Robert W. Schunk, and George V. Khanzanov 1 Section I: Physical Processes Ionosphere-Thermosphere Physics: Current Status and Problems R. W. Schunk 3 Physical Characteristics and Modeling of Earth's Thermosphere Tim Fuller-Rowell 13 Solar Cycle Changes in the Photochemistry of the Ionosphere and Thermosphere P. G. Richards 29 Energetics and Composition in the Thermosphere A. G. Burns, W. Wang, S. C. Solomon, and L. Qian 39 Section II: Numerical Methods Numerical Methods in Modeling the Ionosphere J. D. Huba and G. Joyce 49 Ionospheric Electrodynamics Modeling A. D. Richmond and A. Maute 57 Section III: IT Models The NCAR TIE-GCM: A Community Model of the Coupled Thermosphere/Ionosphere System Liying Qian, Alan G. Burns, Barbara A. Emery, Benjamin Foster, Gang Lu, Astrid Maute, Arthur D. Richmond, Raymond G. Roble, Stanley C. Solomon, and Wenbin Wang 73 The Global Ionosphere-Thermosphere Model and the Nonhydrostatics Processes Yue Deng and Aaron J. Ridley 85 Traveling Atmospheric Disturbance and Gravity Wave Coupling in the Thermosphere L. C. Gardner and R. W. Schunk 101 Air Force Low-Latitude Ionospheric Model in Support of the C/NOFS Mission Yi-Jiun Su, John M. Retterer, Ronald G. Caton, Russell A. Stoneback, Robert F. Pfaff, Patrick A. Roddy, and Keith M. Groves 107 Long-Term Simulations of the Ionosphere Using SAMI3 S. E. Mcdonald, J. L. Lean, J. D. Huba, G. Joyce, J. T. Emmert, and D. P. Drob 119 Section IV: Validation of IT Models Comparative Studies of Theoretical Models in the Equatorial Ionosphere Tzu-Wei Fang, David Anderson, Tim Fuller-Rowell, Rashid Akmaev, Mihail Codrescu, George Millward, Jan Sojka, Ludger Scherliess, Vince Eccles, John Retterer, Joe Huba, Glenn Joyce, Art Richmond, Astrid Maute, Geoff Crowley, Aaron Ridley, and Geeta Vichare 133 Systematic Evaluation of Ionosphere/Thermosphere (IT) Models: CEDAR Electrodynamics Thermosphere Ionosphere (ETI) Challenge (2009 2010) J. S. Shim, M. Kuznetsova, L. Rastatter, D. Bilitza, M. Butala, M. Codrescu, B. A. Emery, B. Foster, T. J. Fuller-Rowell, J. Huba, A. J. Mannucci, X. Pi, A. Ridley, L. Scherliess, R. W. Schunk, J. J. Sojka, P. Stephens, D. C. Thompson, D. Weimer, L. Zhu, D. Anderson, J. L. Chau, and E. Sutton 145 Section V: IT Coupling: Above and Below Aspect of Coupling Processes in the Ionosphere and Thermosphere R. A. Heelis 161 Use of NOGAPS-ALPHA as a Bottom Boundary for the NCAR/TIEGCM David E. Siskind and Douglas P. Drob 171 WACCM-X Simulation of Tidal and Planetary Wave Variability in the Upper Atmosphere H.-L. Liu 181 Inductive-Dynamic Coupling of the Ionosphere With the Thermosphere and the Magnetosphere P. Song and V. M. Vasyliunas 201 Section VI: Equatorial Ionospheric Processes Ionospheric Irregularities: Frontiers D. L. Hysell, H. C. Aveiro, and J. L. Chau 217 Three-Dimensional Numerical Simulations of Equatorial Spread F: Results and Diagnostics in the Peruvian Sector H. C. Aveiro and D. L. Hysell 241 Density and Temperature Structure of Equatorial Spread F Plumes J. Krall and J. D. Huba 251 Low-Latitude Ionosphere and Thermosphere: Decadal Observations From the CHAMP Mission Claudia Stolle and Huixin Liu 259 Section VII: Data Assimilation Upper Atmosphere Data Assimilation With an Ensemble Kalman Filter Tomoko Matsuo 273 Scientific Investigation Using IDA4D and EMPIRE G. S. Bust and S. Datta-Barua 283 Section VIII: Applications Customers and Requirements for Ionosphere Products and Services Rodney Viereck, Joseph Kunches, Mihail Codrescu, and Robert Steenburgh 299 Model-Based Inversion of Auroral Processes Joshua Semeter and Matthew Zettergren 309 AGU Category Index 323 Index 325

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