Gupta, , Sumedha and Upadhayaya, A. K. (2017) Morphology of ionospheric F2 region variability associated with sudden stratospheric warmings. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 122 (7). pp. 7798-7826. ISSN 2169-9402

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The effect of sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) on the F-2 region ionosphere has been extensively analyzed for the major event of year 2009, apart from a few reports on other major and minor events. Morphology of ionospheric responses during SSW can be better comprehended by analyzing such warming events under different solar, geomagnetic, and meteorological conditions. We investigate the features of F2 region variability following the SSW events of 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, using ionosonde data from the Asian region covering a broad latitudinal range from 26.6 degrees N to 45.1 degrees N. We find perceptible ionospheric variations in electron densities during these warming events which is accompanied by a large variation of similar to 117% within enhancements, as compared to a meagre variation of similar to 11% within depressions, during these events. We also examine 6 months data at these latitudes and longitudes and find that the maximum and minimum variations in F2 layer critical frequency are observed during each SSW period. The influence of quasi-stationary 16 day planetary waves is seen during these SSW events. Further, a recently proposed parameter "SSW integrated strength" by Vieira et al. (2017) to characterize SSW event with respect to ionosphere is also examined. It is seen that it does not fit well for these seven SSW events at these latitudes and longitudes.

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Subjects: Astronomy & Astrophysics
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Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2018 07:40
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