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Reporting observations of sporadic-E layer (Es) and visual meteor count data simultaneously observed during night-time over the Arabian Peninsula. A constant and well-established presence of Es has been reported with a consistent count of meteors also present throughout the 1-year observation period. Data show that the Es observations are not dependent on the presence of meteor flux i.e. presence of meteors is not the main cause for the presence of Es over Arabian Peninsula.
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https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-2020-74
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-2020-74

  24 Nov 2020

24 Nov 2020

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Contribution of Meteor Flux in the Occurrence of Sporadic-E over Arabian Peninsula

Muhammad Mubasshir Shaikh1, Govardan Gopakumar1, Aisha Abdulla Alowais2, Maryam Essa Sharif2, and Ilias Fernini2 Muhammad Mubasshir Shaikh et al.
  • 1Space Weather and Ionosphere Laboratory, Sharjah Academy for Astronomy, Space Sciences and Technology
  • 2UAE Meteor Monitoring Network, Sharjah Academy for Astronomy, Space Sciences and Technology

Abstract. Sporadic-E (Es) is generally associated with a thin-layered structure present in the lower ionosphere mostly consisted of metallic ions. This metallic ion layer is formed when meteors burn in the upper atmosphere resulting in the deposition of free metal atoms and ions. Many studies have attributed to the presence of Es due to metallic ion layer, specifically during the nighttime. Using data from a network of meteor monitoring towers and a collocated digital ionosonde radar near Arabian Peninsula, in this paper, we are reporting our observations of Es together with the meteor count. It has been observed that the presence of Es and the meteor count data have no correlation in time, both diurnally and seasonally, leading us to conclude that presence of meteors is not the main cause for the presence of Es over Arabian Peninsula.

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Reporting observations of sporadic-E layer (Es) and visual meteor count data simultaneously observed during night-time over the Arabian Peninsula. A constant and well-established presence of Es has been reported with a consistent count of meteors also present throughout the 1-year observation period. Data show that the Es observations are not dependent on the presence of meteor flux i.e. presence of meteors is not the main cause for the presence of Es over Arabian Peninsula.
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