Behaviour of HILAT scintillation over spitsbergen

M. Gola, A. W. Wernik, S. J. Franke, C. H. Liu, K. C. Yeh

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Results of the amplitude scintillation morphology of the HILAT satellite 137 MHz beacon transmission as measured at the Polish Polar Station at Hornsund, Spitsbergen (Δ = 73.4°) are presented. Seasonal, diurnal and latitudinal dependencies of scintillation intensity on magnetic activity were analyzed from over 2250 satellite passes recorded at solar minimum between April 1985 and March 1986. Regions with strong scintillation intensity appear to follow the auroral oval expansion and to move sunward with increasing level of magnetic activity. Maximum amplitude scintillation region coincides with the dayside cusp/cleft position during high magnetic activity. The dawn-dusk asymmetry in scintillation intensity is more distinct in winter than other months. The estimated summer/winter ratio of scintillation intensity is 1.4: 1. Numerical simulations compared with the observational results indicate that high latitude irregularities < 1 km are field-aligned and rod-like rather than sheet-like.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1207-1213
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Atmospheric and Terrestrial Physics
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Geophysics
  • Engineering(all)
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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