The Dynamic Loss of Earth's Radiation Belts - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128133712

The Dynamic Loss of Earth's Radiation Belts

1st Edition

From Loss in the Magnetosphere to Particle Precipitation in the Atmosphere

Editors: Allison Jaynes Maria Usanova
Paperback ISBN: 9780128133712
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st June 2019
Page Count: 400
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The Dynamic Loss of Earth's Radiation Belts: From Loss in the Magnetosphere to Particle Precipitation in the Atmosphere presents a very timely review of the last four years of data from various explorative missions, including the Van Allen Probes, the Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (which aims to determine magnetopause losses), the completion of four BARREL balloon campaigns, and several CubeSat missions focusing on precipitation losses. This is the first book in the area to include a focus on loss, and not just acceleration and radial transport. Bringing together two communities, the book includes expertise on both precipitation mechanisms and the effects on the atmosphere.

Users will find a synthesized compendium of the knowledge of scientists from the space and atmospheric science communities who examine and compare innovations and datasets.

Key Features

  • Examines both the causes and effects of particle loss in the magnetosphere from multiple perspectives
  • Presents interdisciplinary content that bridges the gap, through communication and collaboration, between the magnetospheric and atmospheric communities
  • Fills a gap in the literature by focusing on loss in the radiation belt, which is especially timely based on data from the Van Allen Probes, the Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission, and other projects
  • Includes contributions from various experts in the field that is organized and collated by a clear-and-consistent editorial team


Magnetospheric and atmospheric science communities. These individuals are considered to be from two disciplines: Space Science and Earth Science

Table of Contents

I. Radiation belt losses: outward transport and magnetopause shadowing
II. Radiation belt losses: wave-particle interactions
III. Radiation belt losses: high- and low-frequency wave-particle interactions
IV. Ionospheric effects of particle precipitation
V. Energetic Particle Precipitation (EPP) and chemistry
VI. Effects of EPP on terrestrial atmosphere and weather systems


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About the Editor

Allison Jaynes

Dr. Allison N. Jaynes is a research scientist in space physics, currently at the University of Colorado Boulder, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP). The bulk of her research is focused on two recent NASA heliospheric satellite missions: the Van Allen Probes and MMS. She works on data analysis and research concerning the radiation belt environment around Earth and space weather. Prior to this position, she obtained her PhD from the University of New Hampshire and worked on the topics of aurora (northern lights) and particle precipitation from space using sounding rocket investigations. Dr. Jaynes has participated in many regional and international conferences ranging on topics from the Scientific Foundations of Space Weather to Magnetosphere–Atmosphere Coupling. She has presented 7 invited talks in the past 2 years, with another scheduled for the prestigious Fall AGU meeting in December. Additionally, she was primary convener for three recent conference sessions directly related to the proposed topic of this book: “Understanding the dynamic loss of Earth’s radiation belts” (Fall AGU 2015); “Understanding the dynamics of Earth’s radiation belts in the fundamental context of the Sun--‐Earth system” (AOGS 2015, Singapore); and “Energetic particle precipitation mechanisms and effects in the Magnetosphere--‐Ionosphere system” (AGU Joint Assembly 2015, Montreal). Since obtaining her degree, she has been a Primary Investigator, or Co-Investigator on over 15 proposals to NASA. Additionally, Dr. Jaynes has served on NASA and NSF review panels, as well as an AGU Advisory Board for On-Demand programming.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA

Maria Usanova

Dr. Maria Usanova is a research scientist at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado at Boulder. She is working in the area of magnetospheric and radiation belt physics, analyzing data from multiple satellite missions, including NOAA POES and GOES, Cluster, THEMIS, Van Allen Probes, and MMS. Maria graduated with honors from the Department of Physics, Moscow State University (Russia) and received her PhD in space physics from the University of Alberta (Canada). Her research interests include the dynamics of energetic particles in the Earth’s radiation belts and ring current, mechanisms for particle acceleration and loss in the magnetosphere, inner magnetosphere coupling, and wave-particle interactions. Maria has co-authored 20+ publications on these topics, including papers in Nature Physics, Geophysical Research Letters, and three invited monograph/book chapters, and she has presented 20+ invited talks. She has convened multiple sessions at AGU meetings and was awarded the EGU Young Scientist Award in 2015.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Associate, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), University of Colorado Boulder, CO, USA

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