Hydrodynamic Models of the Plasmasphere

  1. T. E. Moore,
  2. J. H. Waite Jr.,
  3. T. W. Moorehead and
  4. W. B. Hanson
  1. R. G. Richards and
  2. D. G. Torr

Published Online: 18 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GM044p0067

Modeling Magnetospheric Plasma

Modeling Magnetospheric Plasma

How to Cite

Richards, R. G. and Torr, D. G. (1988) Hydrodynamic Models of the Plasmasphere, in Modeling Magnetospheric Plasma (eds T. E. Moore, J. H. Waite, T. W. Moorehead and W. B. Hanson), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GM044p0067

Author Information

  1. The University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, Alabama 35899

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1988

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875900704

Online ISBN: 9781118664414



  • Space plasmas—Mathematical models;
  • Magnetosphere—Mathematical models;
  • Ionosphere—Mathematical models


A brief history of the application of hydrodynamic models to the understanding of the plasmaspheric density distribution is presented. Then results from recent modeling are discussed in more detail and areas of agreement between theory and measurement are established. Finally, some calculations are presented which indicate important discrepancies between theory and measurement.