MEME08: A global magnetic field model with satellite data weighting

Thomson, Alan; Hamilton, Brian; Macmillan, Susan; Reay, Sarah. 2008 MEME08: A global magnetic field model with satellite data weighting. [Poster] In: Geospace Consortium Meeting, Edinburgh, 5-6 January 2009. (Unpublished)

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A new data weighting scheme is introduced for satellite geomagnetic survey data. This scheme allows vector samples of the field to be used at all magnetic latitudes and results in an improved lithospheric model, particularly in the auroral regions. Data weights for 20-second spaced satellite samples are derived from two noise estimators for the sample. Firstly the standard deviation along the 20 seconds of satellite track, centred on each sample, is computed as a measure of local magnetic activity. Secondly a larger-scale noise estimator is defined in terms of a ‘local area vector activity’ (LAVA) index for the sample. This is derived from activity estimated from the geographically nearest magnetic observatories to the sample point. Weighting of satellite data by the inverse-sum-of-squares of these noise estimators leads to a robust model of the field (called ‘Model of Earth’s Magnetic Environment 2008, or ‘MEME08’ - to rhyme with ‘beam’) to about spherical harmonic degree 60. In particular we find that vector data may be used at all latitudes and that there is no need to use particularly complex model parameterizations, regularisation, or prior data correction to remove estimates of un-modelled source fields.

Item Type: Publication - Conference Item (Poster)
Programmes: BGS Programmes > Seismology and Geomagnetism
BGS Programmes 2008 > Earth hazards and systems
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 26 Oct 2012 08:11 +0 (UTC)

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