Wp index: A new substorm index derived from high-resolution geomagnetic field data at low latitude

M. Nosé, T. Iyemori, L. Wang, A. Hitchman, J. Matzka, M. Feller, S. Egdorf, S. Gilder, N. Kumasaka, K. Koga, H. Matsumoto, H. Koshiishi, G. Cifuentes-Nava, J. J. Curto, A. Segarra, C. Elik

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Geomagnetic field data with high time resolution (typically 1s) have recently become more commonly acquired by ground stations. Such high time resolution data enable identifying Pi2 pulsations which have periods of 40-150s and irregular (damped) waveforms. It is well-known that pulsations of this type are clearly observed at mid-and low-latitude ground stations on the nightside at substorm onset. Therefore, with 1-s data from multiple stations distributed in longitude around the Earth's circumference, substorm onset can be regularly monitored. In the present study we propose a new substorm index, the Wp index (Wave and planetary), which reflects Pi2 wave power at low-latitude, using geomagnetic field data from 11 ground stations. We compare the Wp index with the AE and ASY indices as well as the electron flux and magnetic field data at geosynchronous altitudes for 11 March 2010. We find that significant enhancements of the Wp index mostly coincide with those of the other data. Thus the Wp index can be considered a good indicator of substorm onset. The Wp index, other geomagnetic indices, and geosynchronous satellite data are plotted in a stack for quick and easy search of substorm onset. The stack plots and digital data of the Wp index are available at the Web site (http://s-cubed.info) for public use. These products would be useful to investigate and understand space weather events, because substorms cause injection of intense fluxes of energetic electrons into the inner magnetosphere and potentially have deleterious impacts on satellites by inducing surface charging.

Idioma originalAnglès
Número d’articleS08002
RevistaSpace Weather
Estat de la publicacióPublicada - 2012


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