Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics

Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics





Editors-in-Chief::Robert Strangeway





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The Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics (JASTP) is an international journal concerned with the inter-disciplinary science of the Earth's atmospheric and space environment, especially the highly varied and highly variable physical phenomena that occur in this natural laboratory and the processes that couple them.

The journal covers the physical processes operating in the troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere, ionosphere, magnetosphere, the Sun, interplanetary medium, and heliosphere. Phenomena occurring in other "spheres", solar influences on climate, and supporting laboratory measurements are also considered. The journal deals especially with the coupling between the different regions.

Solar flares, coronal mass ejections, and other energetic events on the Sun create interesting and important perturbations in the near-Earth space environment. The physics of such "space weather" is central to the Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics and the journal welcomes papers that lead in the direction of a predictive understanding of the coupled system. Regarding the upper atmosphere, the subjects of aeronomy, geomagnetism and geoelectricity, auroral phenomena, radio wave propagation, and plasma instabilities, are examples within the broad field of solar-terrestrial physics which emphasise the energy exchange between the solar wind, the magnetospheric and ionospheric plasmas, and the neutral gas. In the lower atmosphere, topics covered range from mesoscale to global scale dynamics, to atmospheric electricity, lightning and its effects, and to anthropogenic changes.

Submissions on these topics may include:

  • The results of experiments and their interpretations, and results of theoretical or modelling studies;
  • Papers dealing with remote sensing carried out from the ground or space and with in situ studies made from rockets or from satellites orbiting the Earth;


  • Plans for future research, often carried out within programs of international scope.

The Journal also encourages papers involving:

  • Large scale collaborations, especially those with an international perspective;
  • Rapid communications;
  • Papers dealing with novel techniques or methodologies;
  • Commissioned review papers on topical subjects and tutorial reviews;


  • Special issues arising from chosen scientific symposia or workshops.

JASTP aims to publish innovative research and as such, papers representing incremental improvements to previous studies will, in general, not be considered for publication. Case studies should be of broad interest to the diverse international readership of JASTP and so papers of limited or local significance are not appropriate for this journal.


Atmospheric physicists, geophysicists and astrophysicists.

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Articles First (OCLC Database), Astrophysics Data System, CAS, Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, Compendex, Current Contents/Physics, Chemical, & Earth Sciences, Current Contents/SciSearch Database, Current Contents/Social & Behavioral Sciences, EBSCOhost, GeoRef, INSPEC, Meteorological and Geoastrophysical Abstracts, ProQuest, Research Alert, Science Citation Index, Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
Editors-in-Chief: M. Rapp Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt - DLR, Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, R.J. Strangeway Inst. of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, Earth and Space Sciences Dept., University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), 405 Hilgard Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90095-1567, USA, Associate Editor: P. Yiou Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environment, Gif-sur-Yvette, France, Editorial Board: D.N. Baker University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA, G. Beig Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune, India, B.R. Clemesha Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais, Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, J. Forbes University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA, T.J. Fuller-Rowell University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO, USA, L. Gimeno Universidad de Vigo, Ourense, Spain, R.G. Harrison University of Reading, Reading, UK, D. Janches NASA/GSFC, Greenbelt, MD, USA, F.-J. Luebken Universität Rostock, Kühlungsborn, Germany, A.H. Manson University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, V.O. Papitashvili National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA, USA, R.W. Schunk Utah State University, Logan, UT, USA, G.L. Siscoe Boston University, Sudbury, MA, USA, R. Sridharan Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Trivandrum, India, R.A. Vincent University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA, Australia
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