Statistical Birkeland current distributions from magnetic field observations by the Iridium constellation

@inproceedings{Anderson2008StatisticalBC,
  title={Statistical Birkeland current distributions from magnetic field observations by the Iridium constellation},
  author={Brian J Anderson and Haje Korth and Christopher L. Waters and David L. Green and P. Stauning},
  year={2008}
}
We present a statistical analysis of Birkeland currents derived from Iridium magnetometer data acquired in the Northern Hemisphere to determine the dependence of large-scale currents on the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) direction. Because the Iridium data span nearly seven years, we can restrict analysis to only those intervals with stable currents. We used image comparison to quantify the consistency between successive one-hour current distributions and selected 1550 two-hour intervals… CONTINUE READING

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