Things we don't yet understand about solar driving of the radiation belts.

TitleThings we don't yet understand about solar driving of the radiation belts.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsKessel, M
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics
Date Published05/2016
KeywordsRadiation belt; Van Allen Probes
AbstractThis commentary explores how close we are to predicting the behavior of the radiations belts - the primary science objective of NASA's Van Allen Probes mission. Starting with what we know or think we know about competing sources, enhancement, transport, and loss, I walk through recent papers that have improved our understanding and then focus on flux dropouts as one particular yardstick of success. I mention a new paradigm for electrons and the importance of reliably matching models and observations for different solar inputs. Although the case for prediction remains a work in progress, there are encouraging signs of progress.
URLhttp://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/2016JA022472
DOI10.1002/2016JA022472
Short TitleJ. Geophys. Res. Space Physics


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