Theoretical and experimental aspects of ionospheric structure: A global perspective on dynamics and irregularities
Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
Copyright 1986 by the American Geophysical Union.
Volume 21, Issue 3, pages 351–362, May-June 1986
How to Cite
1986), Theoretical and experimental aspects of ionospheric structure: A global perspective on dynamics and irregularities, Radio Sci., 21(3), 351–362, doi:10.1029/RS021i003p00351.(
- Issue published online: 7 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 13 DEC 1985
- Manuscript Received: 6 AUG 1985
Perspectives on ionospheric plasma processes have expanded from narrow views on local phenomenology to more global approaches that recognize the importance of a multitude of coupling mechanisms. This includes attempts to develop truly predictive capabilities for such diverse phenomena as equatorial spread-F and high latitude ionospheric responses to substorm activity. The approach now recognizes and perhaps even emphasizes that the ionospheric domains are not isolated subsystems but are active and interactive elements in the much larger solar-terrestrial network. In fact, it is an accepted principle that the ionosphere can exert important feedback on magnetospheric events. A number of these aspects will be considered in this review, with a focus on a developing understanding of dynamic and irregular ionospheric structures and associated relationships to local and remote geophysical plasma controls.