Global modelling and remote sensing of planetary magnetospheric dynamics (co-organized)
|Convener: Graziella Branduardi-Raymont | Co-conveners: Caitriona Jackman , Norbert Krupp|
The impact of the solar wind onto solar system bodies is characterised by the formation of plasma structures which are regulated and evolve as a consequence of a range of magnetic processes. A variety of simulations, e.g. based on MHD codes, are employed to model the complex behaviour of the plasma under varying solar wind conditions.
Such models require validation through comparison with observations.
While many space missions have flown dedicated to probing the microscale in great detail with in situ measurements, imaging provides a global perspective, e.g. IR, visible, FUV and X-ray images of aurorae, EUV images of the plasmasphere, ENA images of the ring current and soon soft X-ray images of the Earth's magnetosheath and cusps. The aim of this session is to review the models that have been developed to describe solar wind-planetary magnetosphere interactions and the global remote sensing data which provide the means to corroborate them. We also welcome abstracts that consider planets whose magnetospheric dynamics are influenced by factors other than the solar wind, including planetary rotation and internal plasma loading.