Ring Current Investigations - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128155714

Ring Current Investigations

1st Edition

The Quest for Space Weather Prediction

Editors: Vania Jordanova Raluca Ilie Margaret Chen
Paperback ISBN: 9780128155714
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st June 2020
Page Count: 380
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Ring Current Investigations offers a comprehensive description of ring current dynamics in the Earth’s magnetosphere as part of the coupled magnetosphere-ionosphere system. In order to help researchers develop a deeper understanding of the fundamental physics of geomagnetic storms, it includes a detailed description of energetic charged particles injection, trapping, and loss. It reviews historical and recent advances in observations, measurements, theory and simulations of the inner magnetosphere and its coupling to the ionosphere and other surrounding plasma populations. In addition, it compares the physics of ring currents at other strongly magnetized planets in the solar system, specifically Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, with the ring current system at Earth.

Providing a description of the most important space weather effects driven by inner magnetospheric energetic particles during geomagnetic storms and present capabilities for their nowcast and forecast, Ring Current Investigations is an important reference for researchers in geophysics and space science, especially related to plasma physics, the ionosphere and magnetosphere, solar-terrestrial relations, and spacecraft anomalies.

Key Features

  • Includes an appendix with links to downloadable video clips, illustrating features of ring current and geomagnetic storm dynamics
  • Provides overview of existing state-of-the-art numerical models and links for open-source code downloads
  • Offers guidance on how to develop numerical models within the context of the present-day understanding


Geophysicists and space scientists. Senior undergraduate students, graduate students, professors, researchers, meteorologists, and engineers interested in space science, plasma physics, solar-terrestrial relations, and spacecraft anomalies

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction and Historical Content
    Vania Jordanova, Raluca Ilie, and Margaret Chen
    2. Observations and Measurement Techniques 
    Lynn Kistler
    3. Theoretical Description 
    Raluca Ilie
    4. Ring Current Development 
    Margaret Chen
    5. Ring Current Decay 
    Vania Jordanova
    6. Cross-Regional Coupling
    Mei-Ching Fok
    7. Modeling Techniques 
    Frank Toffoletto
    8. Space Weather Effects and Prediction
    James L. Roeder
    9. Comparative Planetary Ring Currents 
    Barry H. Mauk
    Appendix: Videos and Code Links
    Vania Jordanova, Raluca Ilie, and Margaret Chen


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About the Editor

Vania Jordanova

Vania Jordanova’s area of expertise includes geomagnetic storm dynamics and processes that couple the ionospheric and magnetospheric regions. Her technical work bridges theoretical plasma physics, data analysis, and computational modeling. She has authored or co-authored more than 100 scientific publications in refereed journals and 13 book chapters. She was the managing guest editor of two special issues of the Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics (JASTP), one published in February 2008, and one published in July 2013.

Affiliations and Expertise

Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, USA

Raluca Ilie

Prof. Illie’s primary research is the development and application of high-performance, first-principles computational models to describe and predict the conditions in the near-Earth space leading to geomagnetic storms. Her focus is on developing new approaches to study the dynamics of plasmas and electromagnetic fields in the geospace environment and to advance the predictive capabilities of the complex dynamics occurring in the solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere system.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA

Margaret Chen

Margaret Chen performs research on charged-particle transport, acceleration, and loss, and wave-particle interactions in the Earth’s magnetosphere and ionosphere. Her expertise is on developing and using computer simulation models to understand better the physical processes of such phenomena and has tested simulation results against both theory and observational data. Her work also includes applying space environmental knowledge towards analysis of satellite anomalies. Chen has authored and co-authored over 50 papers in refereed journals. She has served as a Space Science Editor for Geophysics Research Letters (2007-2010) and Editor for the 1996 COSPAR Symposium D0.5: The Subauroral Ionosphere, Plasmasphere, Ring Current and Inner Magnetosphere (Adv. Space Res., 20(3), 1997).

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Director, Space Sciences Department, The Aerospace Corporation, Los Angeles, CA, USA

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