28 May 2017 to 2 June 2017
Queen's University
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Predicting lognormal distributions of geomagnetic field time derivatives

31 May 2017, 09:30
BioSci 1103 (Queen's University)

BioSci 1103

Queen's University

CLOSED - Oral (Non-Student) / orale (non-étudiant) Atmospheric and Space Physics / Physique atmosphérique et de l'espace (DASP-DPAE) W1-2 DASP General Contributions II (DASP) | DPAE: contributions générales II (DPAE)


Brian Jackel (University of Calgary)


Nearly two decades of auroral zone magnetometer observations are used to develop statistical predictions of geomagnetic field time derivatives.
Distributions of differences between successive 5-second vector field measurements are approximately lognormal, motivating a parametrization in terms of the first and second log-moments which are nearly uncorrelated and exhibit very different properties. Log-mean ranges over several orders of magnitude, with typicall autocorrelation time scales longer than 30 minutes. Log-variance correlation time is usually less than 5 minutes, with small amplitude noise-like fluctuations. Both log-moments depend on local time and magnetic latitude, but these factors predict less than 10% of observed variance. Simple combinations of solar wind parameters can be used to predict nearly 50% of log-mean but almost none of log-variance.
Including information about recent local activity significantly improves log-mean predictability to 70% but only accounts for 10% of log-variance.

Empirical models for these two parameters provide lognormal distribution forecasts which can be used to obtain point and range estimates of upcoming geomagnetic activity.
Prediction accuracy is highest during the day and lowest before midnight.
Hourly predictions of typical (median) and disturbed (90th percentile) events are unbiased, with roughly 90\% of cases falling between half and twice the predicted value.
Extreme (99th percentile) event magnitudes are consistently lower than predicted, by about 20%, possibly due to deviations from lognormality in the tail of the distribution.

Primary authors

Brian Jackel (University of Calgary) Braden Heffernan (University of Calgary) Kyle Reiter (Athabasca University) Martin Connors (Athabasca University)

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