Global Ultra-Low-Frequency Geomagnetic Pulsations Associated with the March 24, 1991 Geomagnetic Storm

  • Author(s): Nan-Wei Chen and Jann-Yenq Liu
  • DOI: 10.3319/TAO.2008.19.3.291(AA)
  • Keywords: ULF pulsations, Solar wind-magnetosphere interactions, MHD waves and instabilities
  • Citation: Chen, N. W. and J. Y. Liu, 2008: Global ultra-low-frequency geomagnetic pulsations associated with the March 24, 1991 geomagnetic storm. Terr. Atmos. Ocean. Sci., 19, 291-308, doi: 10.3319/TAO.2008.19.3.291(AA)

On 24 March 1991, global ultra-low-frequency (ULF) pulsations (1.1 - 3.3 mHz) observed in the magnetosphere as well as on the ground were studied via analyzing magnetic field data obtained from a global network, comprising ground-based observatories and geosynchronous satellites. In the magnetosphere, the compressional and transverse components of the magnetic fields recorded at two satellites, GOES 6 and GOES 7, showed dominant fluctuations when they were in the vicinity of the noon sector, whereas the transverse fluctuations became dominant when they were at the dawn side. Similarly, on the ground, the H and D components had major fluctuations along with an increase in amplitude from low to high geomagnetic latitudes. In addition, the amplitude of the ULF pulsation was enhanced at the dawn and dusk sides. The geomagnetic pulsations propagated anti-sunward and were of counterclockwise and clockwise elliptical polarizations at the dawn and dusk sides respectively. The counterclockwise elliptical polarization reversed to a clockwise elliptical polarization at geomagnetic local noon and linear polarization was observed during the reversal. It appears that the analysis of the global network data not only provided us with a study of the characteristics of the waves in the magnetosphere and on the ground but also provided us with correlations between the geosynchronous and ground observations, which should be essential to the determination of possible mechanisms of this storm-related wave event.

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