What is it about?

This paper is an example of using numerical models to understand the driving mechanisms of various thermospheric trends and features. This paper provides a detailed numerical demonstration of the relationship between solar and geomagnetic activities, and mass density-temperature synchrony in the thermosphere across multiple seasons.

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Why is it important?

The physical relationship between mass density and temperature is critical for thermospheric forecasting with numerical models that are designed under the assumption of hydrostatic and diffusive equilibrium. The paper provides results from a detailed investigation of the mech​anism for density-temperature synchrony in the thermosphere. Multiple numerical experiments with a physics-based general circulation model were performed to isolate the dependency of the density-temperature synchrony features on the season, altitude, space weather conditions, high latitude electrodynamics and lower atmospheric tides. The present work focuses on different seasons in 2014.


I was curious about some descriptions about thermospheric trends in the literature. The resulting investigations led to this paper! Writing this paper with this group of phenomenal co-authors was a great pleasure.​

Dr Timothy Kodikara

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This page is a summary of: Density‐Temperature Synchrony in the Hydrostatic Thermosphere, Journal of Geophysical Research Space Physics, December 2018, American Geophysical Union (AGU),
DOI: 10.1029/2018ja025973.
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