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Energetic electron precipitation and their atmospheric effect

Mironova, Irina; Sinnhuber, Miriam ORCID iD icon 1; Rozanov, Eugene
1 Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung (IMK), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


Energetic particle precipitation induces ionization of the atmosphere which initiates a chain of reaction cycles affecting atmospheric composition and dynamics potentially down to surface weather systems. Ionization rates are retrieved based on yield functions or pre-calculated monoenergetic electron flux and energy spectra of precipitated energetic particles. Usually, information about energy spectra is obtained from satellites, balloons, and various ground-based observations. In all cases, some assumptions about spectral distribution for the entire energy range have to be made. As ionization rates are widely used in chemistry-climate models to estimate the atmospheric response to particle forcing, evaluation of the energy spectra is a key task in the solar-terrestrial studies. In this paper, it is shown that possible uncertainties of the ionization rates retrieval based on different spectral functions can lead to large disagreements in the ionization rates, with implications for the modelled response of atmospheric composition and dynamics to electron precipitation.

Verlagsausgabe §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000127840
Veröffentlicht am 18.12.2020
DOI: 10.1051/e3sconf/202019601005
Zitationen: 2
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Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung – Atmosphärische Spurenstoffe und Fernerkundung (IMK-ASF)
KIT-Zentrum Klima und Umwelt (ZKU)
Publikationstyp Proceedingsbeitrag
Publikationsjahr 2020
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2555-0403
KITopen-ID: 1000127840
Erschienen in XI International Conference “Solar-Terrestrial Relations and Physics of Earthquake Precursors”: Paratunka, Kamchatka region, Russia, September 22-25, 2020. Ed.: A. Dmitriev
Veranstaltung 11th International Conference "Solar-Terrestrial Relations and Physics of Earthquake Precursors" (2020), Paratunka, Russland, 22.09.2020 – 25.09.2020
Verlag EDP Sciences
Seiten Art.-Nr.: 01005
Serie E3S Web of Conferences ; 196
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