Impact of stratospheric sudden warmings on the low-latitude ionosphere

  • 佳廷 林

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


In this thesis, modifications of the ionospheric tidal signatures during the 2008-2010 stratospheric sudden warming (SSW) events are studied by applying atmospheric tidal analysis to ionospheric electron densities observed using radio occultation soundings of FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC. The tidal analysis indicates that the zonal mean and major migrating tidal components (DW1, SW2 and TW3) decrease around the time of the SSW, with 1.5-4 hour time shifts in the daily time of maximum. The typical ionospheric SSW signature: a semi-diurnal variation of the ionospheric electron density, featuring an earlier commencement and subsidence of EIA, can be reproduced by differencing the migrating tides before and during the SSW period. Our results also indicate that the migrating tides represent ~80% of the ionospheric tidal components at specific longitudes, suggesting that modifications of the migrating tides may be the major driver for producing ionospheric changes observed during SSW events, accounting for greater variability than the nonmigrating tides that have been the focus of previous studies.
Date of Award2012
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorBing-Chih Chen (Supervisor)


  • stratospheric sudden warming
  • ionosphere
  • tides

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