Multimoment Fluid Simulations of Transport Processes in the Auroral Zones

  1. T. E. Moore,
  2. J. H. Waite Jr.,
  3. T. W. Moorehead and
  4. W. B. Hanson
  1. P. J. Palmadesso1,
  2. S. B. Ganguli2 and
  3. H. G. Mitchell Jr.2

Published Online: 18 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GM044p0133

Modeling Magnetospheric Plasma

Modeling Magnetospheric Plasma

How to Cite

Palmadesso, P. J., Ganguli, S. B. and Mitchell, H. G. (1988) Multimoment Fluid Simulations of Transport Processes in the Auroral Zones, 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/GM044p0133

Author Information

  1. 1

    Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C. 20375

  2. 2

    Science Applications International Corporation, McLean, Virginia 22102

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


We have performed multimoment, time-dependent, and steady state multifluid plasma simulations to study the equilibria and dynamics of the auroral field line plasma in the presence of upward and downward field-aligned currents and anomalous transport processes. This work is intended to provide experience in the use of generalized fluid models developed for use in the study of large-scale magnetospheric-ionospheric dynamics. The results of the auroral field line studies and practical issues arising from the use of the multimoment models are reviewed and discussed.