Articles | Volume 35, issue 3
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-35-613-2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-35-613-2017
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09 May 2017
Regular paper |  | 09 May 2017

Estimating a planetary magnetic field with time-dependent global MHD simulations using an adjoint approach

Christian Nabert, Carsten Othmer, and Karl-Heinz Glassmeier

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Short summary
The interaction of the solar wind with a planetary magnetic field causes electrical currents that modify the magnetic field distribution around the planet. We present an approach to estimating the planetary magnetic field contribution by minimizing the misfit between simulation results and in situ spacecraft data. The approach is developed with respect to the upcoming BepiColombo mission to Mercury aimed at determining the planet's magnetic field.