TitleImpacts of SABER CO 2 -based eddy diffusion coefficients in the lower thermosphere on the ionosphere/thermosphere
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsSalinas, CCsar Jude, Chang, LC, Liang, M-C, Yue, J, Russell, J, Mlynczak, M
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics
Pagination12,080 - 12,092
Date Published11/2016

This work estimates global‐mean Kzz using Sounding of the Atmosphere using Broadband Emission Radiometry/Thermosphere‐Ionosphere‐Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics monthly global‐mean CO2 profiles and a one‐dimensional transport model. It is then specified as a lower boundary into the Thermosphere‐Ionosphere‐Electrodynamics General Circulation Model (TIE‐GCM). Results first show that global‐mean CO2 in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere region has annual and semiannual oscillations (AO and SAO) with maxima during solstice seasons along with a primary maximum in boreal summer. Our calculated AO and SAO in global‐mean CO2 are then modeled by AO and SAO in global‐mean Kzz. It is then shown that our estimated global‐mean Kzz is lower in magnitude than the suggested global‐mean Kzz from Qian et al. (2009) that can model the observed AO and SAO in the ionosphere/thermosphere (IT) region. However, our estimated global‐mean Kzz is similar in magnitude with recent suggestions of global‐mean Kzz in models with explicit gravity wave parameterization. Our work therefore concludes that global‐mean Kzz from global‐mean CO2 profiles cannot model the observed AO and SAO in the IT region because our estimated global‐mean Kzz may only be representing eddy diffusion due to gravity wave breaking. The difference between our estimated global‐mean Kzz and the global‐mean Kzz from Qian et al. (2009) thus represents diffusion and mixing from other nongravity wave sources not directly accounted for in the TIE‐GCM lower boundary conditions. These other sources may well be the more dominant lower atmospheric forcing behind the AO and SAO in the IT region.

Short TitleJ. Geophys. Res. Space Physics

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