This paper reviews some aspects of solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere interaction. It is shown that in addition to the interplanetary electric field, the solar wind dynamic pressure also has a significant role in determining the state, dynamics, and energetics of the system. It is demonstrated how the state of the magnetosphere and the prior driving affect the amount of energy input to the system, which highlights the capability of the magnetosphere to control the energy flow. The active role of the magnetosphere in determining the dynamics is illustrated by statistical results of the flux balance in the magnetotail and the various dynamic cycles the system can enter. The inner magnetosphere processes during storms are shown to be a result of a complex interplay of processes at the magnetopause and in the magnetotail in response to the solar wind driving. The conclusions are drawn from statistical observational results, empirical models, and global MHD simulations. (c) 2006 Published by Elsevier Ltd.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||JOURNAL OF ATMOSPHERIC AND SOLAR-TERRESTRIAL PHYSICS|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2007|
|MoE publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|
|Event||Yosemite Workshop on Global Aspects of Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Coupling - Yosemite, Canada|
Duration: 7 Feb 2006 → 10 Feb 2006
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