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Welcome to Magnetodisc

The service MDISC-PSWS provides the user with model outputs for magnetic field and plasma parameters, based on the UCL-AGA Magnetodisc Model (appropriate for modelling the Jovian and Kronian inner and middle magnetosphere). MDISC-PSWS allows the user to request model outputs for the magnetic field and plasma parameters as a function of two parameters:

  1. The magnetodisc radius (RMP) -equivalent to subsolar magnetopause location for many applications;
  2. The hot plasma index Kh, which defines global content of the energetic (>3 keV ions) particle population.

More information can be found in Achilleos, Guio and Arridge A model of force balance in Saturn’s magnetodisc, 2010 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2966.2009.15865.x). Useful information, in the context of space weather at the giant planets, may be found in Sorba et al., Modeling the compressibility of Saturn's magnetosphere in response to internal and external influences, 2017 (DOI:10.1002/2016JA023544).

Model outputs for field components and plasma pressure are arranged within appropriately named fields in the data structures contained in the files that are returned to the user, upon successful completion of their requested model calculation.

Examples of such files are also accessible via the Europlanet VESPA interface (service MDISC).