Effects of Meridional Flow Variations on Solar Cycles 23 and 24

@article{Upton2014EffectsOM,
  title={Effects of Meridional Flow Variations on Solar Cycles 23 and 24},
  author={Lisa A. Upton and David H. Hathaway},
  journal={arXiv: Solar and Stellar Astrophysics},
  year={2014}
}
  • L. Upton, D. Hathaway
  • Published 31 July 2014
  • Physics, Environmental Science
  • arXiv: Solar and Stellar Astrophysics
The faster meridional flow that preceded the solar cycle 23/24 minimum is thought to have led to weaker polar field strengths, producing the extended solar minimum and the unusually weak cycle 24. To determine the impact of meridional flow variations on the sunspot cycle, we have simulated the Sun's surface magnetic field evolution with our newly developed surface flux transport model. We investigate three different cases: a constant average meridional flow, the observed time-varying meridional… 

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