Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station, South Pole Station
Research Locations: Antarctic Plateau
The solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere system and the space weather it controls is a complex and dynamic environment that affect critical infrastructure such as satellite communications and power grids. To forecast, and thus adapt to, the effects of weather events researchers must develop accurate geomagnetic models of the Sun-Earth environment. The northern hemisphere is relatively well instrumented, however the southern hemisphere is not. Over the course of four years, this project will establish a chain of Autonomous Adaptive Low-Power Instrument Platforms (AAL-PIP) along the 40-degree magnetic meridian to obtain measurements conjugate to the west coast of Greenland for the investigation of interhemispheric electrodynamic coupling.
Field Season Overview:
Four stations have been installed and are being tested at South Pole. This field season, five participants will disassemble the three correctly-performing test stations and redeploy them to remote locations on the Antarctic Plateau. They will attempt the repair the magnetometer that has failed and then test this system for another year at South Pole. If the test is successful, this station will be deployed to the east Antarctic Plateau next year. If not, it will be returned to be diagnosed and repaired in our laboratory at the University of Michigan.
Deploying Team Members:
Hyomin Kim (Team Leader)