International Journal of Geophysics

Structure and Dynamics of Ionospheric Plasma

Publishing date
15 Aug 2011
Submission deadline
15 Feb 2011

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1Upper Atmosphere Physics, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Rome, Italy

2Institute of Geology and Geophysics, CAS, Beijing, China

Structure and Dynamics of Ionospheric Plasma


he study of the influence of solar and interplanetary phenomena on near Earth space is the most important problem of solar-terrestrial physics. Ionospheric plasma consists of electrons, atomic and molecular ions, and neutral particles whose concentration and temperature depend on the geophysical conditions: latitude, longitude, season, local time, and solar and magnetic activities. The transfer of energy from the solar wind and magnetosphere to the ionosphere and upper atmosphere occurs primarily along auroral field lines and results in the aurora and disturbance neutral wind. Following electric field penetrating down to the ionosphere and particle precipitation, the aurora brightens, ring current intensifies, geomagnetic storms occur, disturbance neutral winds intensifies, and electron density and total electron content change dramatically. This coupling of ionosphere to the magnetosphere on a global scale can induce severe ionospheric perturbations to produce the so-called ionospheric storm. Changes in the neutral composition and system of the neutral wind circulation are the most important factors defining ionospheric variations. The penetration of magnetospheric electric fields, which are controlled or modulated by oscillations in the solar wind, can cause quasiperiodic ionospheric disturbances. Knowledge and understanding of these processes have led to the development of ionospheric model.

We invite authors to submit original research and review articles that will describe the interaction between the magnetosphere and ionosphere. We are also interested in papers that investigate the morphology of quiet and perturbed ionosphere and wave and particle processes over a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Regular variability of ionosphere
  • Transport processes in the coupled magnetosphere-ionosphere system
  • Long-term changes of the upper atmosphere
  • Ionospheric irregularities causing scintillations and their impact on GNSS signal corruption
  • Perturbed ionosphere at global and regional scale
  • Ionospheric models

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at according to the following timetable:

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