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Space- and ground-based investigations of solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling

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Journal publication date2006
JournalAdvances in Space Research
Journal number8
Volume38
Number of pages7
Pages1671-1677
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This paper provides a brief review of the understanding of the coupled solar wind–magnetosphere–ionosphere system that can be attained from observations of the size of the ionospheric polar caps from space and the ground. These measurements allow the occurrence and rate of dayside and nightside reconnection to be deduced. The former can be correlated with upstream interplanetary magnetic field observations to give an estimate of the effective length of the dayside reconnection X-line. The latter allows a preli- minary statistical study of flux closure during substorms and other, smaller nightside reconnection events.

Bibliographic note

The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Advances in Space Research 38 (8), 2006, © ELSEVIER.