Starting from previous results of vertical propagating 6.5-day oscillations observed in the F region of the ionosphere during 1998, we investigated their possible forcing from both the planetary wave activity of the neutral winds in the mesosphere/lower thermosphere and the geomagnetic activity. For this purpose we used the electron density profiles and geomagnetic field components obtained at Observatori de l'Ebre station (40.8°N, 0.5°E), the mesopause region neutral wind data obtained at Collm Observatory (52°N, 15°E) and the 3-hourly geomagnetic index Ap. From the four events of 6.5-day oscillations observed in the ionosphere, we found that two of them are contemporary with two events of 6.5-day period in the neutral winds and the coherency between the neutral winds and ionosphere variations at 6.5-day periods is very large. The other ionosphere events are contemporary with the existence of two geomagnetic storms and the coherency between the ionospheric and geomagnetic activity variations is very large at periods of 6.5 days. The potential mechanisms linking the geomagnetic activity variations and the planetary wave activity of the neutral winds in the mesosphere/lower thermosphere with the wave events observed in the ionosphere are discussed in order to explain the possible origin of the ionospheric waves.
|Nombre de pàgines||7|
|Revista||Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Part C: Solar, Terrestrial and Planetary Science|
|Estat de la publicació||Publicada - 2001|