Event Title

3-D Modeling of the Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Interaction in the Outer Solar System

Location

Yosemite National Park

Start Date

2-14-2014 9:35 AM

End Date

2-14-2014 10:05 AM

Description

We present the first results from a newly developed 3-D Jupiter Global Ionosphere-Thermosphere Model (JGITM), emphasizing the coupling between the magnetosphere and the upper atmosphere. In particular, we examine the global impacts of the magnetosphere on the thermal structure. We compare these initial results from the J-GITM predecessor model, the Jupiter Thermosphere General Circulation Model (the JTGCM) of Bougher et al. [2005]. We also examine the results from a prototype Saturn Global Ionosphere Thermosphere Model (S-GITM), using inputs and conditions similar to those of Mueller-Wodarg [2006, 2012]. Finally, Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, which is immersed in Saturn’s magnetospheric plasma, represents another interesting example of magnetospheric interaction with a substantial atmosphere. Current modeling results from an on-going effort at simulating the atmospheremagnetosphere interaction will be presented.

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Feb 14th, 9:35 AM Feb 14th, 10:05 AM

3-D Modeling of the Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Interaction in the Outer Solar System

Yosemite National Park

We present the first results from a newly developed 3-D Jupiter Global Ionosphere-Thermosphere Model (JGITM), emphasizing the coupling between the magnetosphere and the upper atmosphere. In particular, we examine the global impacts of the magnetosphere on the thermal structure. We compare these initial results from the J-GITM predecessor model, the Jupiter Thermosphere General Circulation Model (the JTGCM) of Bougher et al. [2005]. We also examine the results from a prototype Saturn Global Ionosphere Thermosphere Model (S-GITM), using inputs and conditions similar to those of Mueller-Wodarg [2006, 2012]. Finally, Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, which is immersed in Saturn’s magnetospheric plasma, represents another interesting example of magnetospheric interaction with a substantial atmosphere. Current modeling results from an on-going effort at simulating the atmospheremagnetosphere interaction will be presented.