On the radiation belt location during the 23rd and 24th solar cycles

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Abstract

Within the last two solar cycles (from 2001 to 2018), the location of the outer radiation belt (ORB) was determined using NOAA/Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite (POES) observations of energetic electrons with energies above 30 keV. It was found that the ORB was shifted a little (∼ 1°) in the European and North American sectors, while in the Siberian sector the ORB was displaced equatorward by more than 3°. The displacements corresponded qualitatively to the change in the geomagnetic field predicted by the IGRF-12 model. However, in the Siberian sector, the model has a tendency to underestimate the equatorward shift of the ORB. The shift became prominent after 2012, which might have been related to a geomagnetic "jerk" that occurred in 2012-2013. The displacement of the ORB to lower latitudes in the Siberian sector can contribute to an increase in the occurrence rate of midlatitude auroras observed in the Eastern Hemisphere.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)719-732
Number of pages14
JournalAnnales Geophysicae
Volume37
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 13 Aug 2019

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