Information - ST5.2 Systems coupling in ST science: From the Sun to the atmosphere
The flow of energy from the Sun to the solar wind and consequently to the Earth's magnetosphere, ionosphere and thermosphere is an ongoing field of interest in the solar-terrestrial sciences. An all-encompassing model of this energy flow is the holy grail of Sun-Earth connection science. The key to understanding and categorising this energy flow is in the understanding of the coupling between the different elements of the system. What is the origin of the solar wind? How does it relate to coronal mass ejections, flares, solar energetic particle events, and their heliospheric evolution? How is energy transferred across the magnetopause and what factors affect where, how and when it occurs? What is the coupling between the solar wind and internal magnetospheric energy release (i.e. substorms and other nightside processes)? What are the important energy transfer and feedback mechanisms between the magnetosphere and the ionosphere? By what mechanisms is energy eventually transferred to the theremosphere? In answering these questions aspects of coupling on all scales must be considered, for example the large scale topology of magnetic reconnection is important as is the microphysics of the same process. This session welcomes contributions which consider aspects of coupling across the whole solar terrestrial system from the Sun to the thermosphere. Contributions that consider coupling across many regions are particularly encouraged.
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