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The Dynamic Loss of Earth's Radiation Belts - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128133712, 9780128133996

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
eBook ISBN: 9780128133996
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 6th September 2019
Page Count: 344
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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 timely review 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 contributions from experts with knowledge in both precipitation mechanisms and the effects on the atmosphere. There is a direct link between what gets lost in the magnetospheric radiation environment and the energy deposited in the layers of our atmosphere. Very recently, NASA’s Living With a Star program identified a new, targeted research topic that addresses this question, highlighting the timeliness of this precise science. The Dynamic Loss of Earth's Radiation Belts brings together scientists from the space and atmospheric science communities to examine both the causes and effects of particle loss in the magnetosphere.

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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6th September 2019
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About the Editors

Allison Jaynes

Dr. Allison N. Jaynes is a professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Iowa. Her research involves spacecraft data and instrumentation used to investigate the near-Earth space environment. She obtained her PhD from the University of New Hampshire in 2013 after studying the Northern Lights in the specific form of pulsating aurora. She is serving as Co-Investigator on NASA’s MMS and Van Allen Probes spaceflight missions.

Affiliations and Expertise

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

Maria Usanova

Dr. Maria E. Usanova is a research scientist at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado at Boulder. She 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.

Affiliations and Expertise

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


"In summary, the uncertainties about Earth’s magnetosphere continue to be enormous, challenging and open to discussion. They are to the point that nowadays we can not state if the presence of a magnetosphere is necessary to make a planet habitable or not. Indeed, recent research hypothesizes that it could have been an indispensable ingredient to support the formation of biological molecules in our planet, by interaction with coronal mass ejections from the Sun [24]. The book edited by Jaynes and Usanova provides insight on some of the topics related to the study of the magnetosphere. Through its nine chapters and with the contribution of twenty-six leading researchers in the field, it covers from theoretical issues to observations. Probably, the biggest downside of this book is that it does not provide an introduction to the topic discussed. To be fair, the text is a collection of highly technical papers, presented as chapters. The chapter that is closer to an introduction, and that could work as the first one to be shown is chapter three. However, this chapter sometimes becomes hard to read, as it contains twenty pages of references, almost the same number as the main text. In this way, the book is aimed at specialists in the field. And anyone that is looking for introductory material should avoid it. The book is presented in three different formats, with similar prices for the paperback and ebook editions. We reviewed the paperback edition, and it looks fine. All the figures are in colour, something not common in many books and highly appreciated. However, the price seems excessive. This feeling comes above all from the little effort that appears to have been done to put a finest edited book together beyond simply collecting papers. In this way, unless you are a specialist very interested in the topic, it could be hard to invest over one-hundred dollars for a paperback edition or ebook. Not to say the bundle edition that comes at a price of three hundred dollars." --Contemporary Physics

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