The impact on global magnetohydrodynamic simulations from varying initialisation methods: Results from GUMICS-4

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  • Finnish Meteorological Institute
  • University of Helsinki

Abstract

We investigate the effects of different initialisation methods of the GUMICS-4 global magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) simulation to the dynamics in different parts of the Earth's magnetosphere and hence compare five 12 h simulation runs that were initiated by 3 h of synthetic data and followed by 9 h of solar wind measurements using the OMNI data as input. As a reference, we use a simulation run that includes nearly 60 h of OMNI data as input prior to the 9 h interval examined with different initialisations. The selected interval is a high-speed stream event during a 10-day interval (12-22 June 2007). The synthetic initialisations include stepwise, linear and sinusoidal functions of the interplanetary magnetic field with constant density and velocity values. The results show that the solutions converge within 1 h to give a good agreement in both the bow shock and the magnetopause position. However, the different initialisation methods lead to local differences which should be taken into consideration when comparing model results to satellite measurements.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)907-922
Number of pages16
JournalAnnales Geophysicae
Volume35
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • magnetospheric configuration and dynamics) - space plasma physics (numerical simulation studies), Magnetospheric physics (magnetosphere-ionosphere interactions

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