In order to understand the processes of formation and motion of sun-aligned polar cap arcs as well as patches, we have analyzed simultaneous observations from the Akebono (EXOS-D) satellite and ground based instruments at Qaanoaq. Results demonstrated the correspondence between the localized electron precipitation signatures observed from Akebono and multiple sun-aligned arcs observed using an all sky camera (ASC) at Qaanaaq and have confirmed that sun-aligned arcs correspond to div.E < 0. We also confirmed the time delay of appearance and disappearance of sun-aligned arcsinresponse to IMF change. As for patches, most of the patches drifted anti-sunward, but some ceased to drift within field of view of the all sky camera. Results of comparison between patch movement and the convection demonstrated a general consistency between them.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Environmental Science(all)
- Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)