The turbulent magnetosheath: the impact on magnetospheric and radiation belt plasma properties

  • Dimmock, Andrew (Project Member)
  • Pulkkinen, Tuija (Principal investigator)

Project Details


Research has produced two key space weather questions: 1) What is the impact of the magnetosheath turbulence on space weather phenomena and how does it depend on solar wind properties; 2) how do magnetosphere currents affect the Van Allen radiation belts and space weather during/outside storms. Combining NASA THEMIS and Van Allen satellites which measure the magnetosphere and the radiation belts, as well as a new statistical method of analysis and numerical simulation models, we can get a full picture of the impact of small-scale phenomena throughout the system. Space weather forecasting models are needed to improve the accuracy of the global system management which requires understanding of small-scale phenomena. Answering the fundamental questions are required for space weather monitoring and forecasting services of the European Space Agency and the European space programs, as well as national infrastructures, in particular the high-voltage grid and natural gas pipeline activities.
Effective start/end date01/09/201514/01/2018

Collaborative partners

  • Aalto University (lead)
  • SA: Research funding (other) (Project partner)
  • Suomen Akatemia (Project partner)


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