Correction to "Energy transport in the thermosphere during the solar storms of April 2002"

Martin G. Mlynczak, F. Javier Martin-Torres, James M. Russell

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We present corrected computations of the infrared power and energy radiated by nitric oxide (NO) and carbon dioxide (CO2) during the solar storm event of April 2002. The computations in our previous paper underestimated the radiated power due to improper weighting of the radiated power and energy with respect to area as a function of latitude. We now find that the radiation by NO during the April 2002 storm period accounts for 50% of the estimated energy input to the atmosphere from the solar storm. The prior estimate was 28.5%. Emission computed for CO2 is also correspondingly increased, but the relative roles of CO2 and NO remain unchanged. NO emission enhancement is still, far and away, the dominant infrared response to the solar storms of April 2002.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • Atmospheric Composition and Structure: Thermosphere: composition and chemistry
  • Atmospheric Composition and Structure: Radiation: transmission and scattering
  • Atmospheric Composition and Structure: Middle atmosphere: energy deposition (3334)
  • Atmospheric Processes: Thermospheric dynamics (0358)
  • Corrections


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