2013-2014 Science Planning Summaries
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Polar Experiment Network for Geospace Upper-atmosphere Investigations (PENGUIn): Interhemispheric investigations along the 40-degree magnetic meridian
 

Program Manager:
Dr. Vladimir Papitashvili

Event Number: A-106-M/S
NSF/PLR Award 1243398

ASC POC/Implementer:
Judy Shiple / Paul Sullivan

Dr. C. Robert Clauer (Principal Investigator)
rclauer@vt.edu
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Virginia Tech
Hampton, Virginia

Supporting Stations:  McMurdo Station, South Pole Station
Research Locations:  Antarctic Plateau

Project Description:
The solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere system and the space weather it controls is a complex and dynamic environment that affects 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. This project is establishing a chain of Autonomous Adaptive Low-Power Instrument Platforms (AAL-PIP) along the 40-degree magnetic meridian. This chain of instruments will obtain measurements conjugate to the west coast of Greenland for the investigation of interhemispheric electrodynamic coupling.

Field Season Overview:
Currently at South Pole Station, two AAL-PIP systems (Sys2 and Sys4) are installed and one system (Sys6) is packed for remote field deployment. The two installed systems will be updated with a new fluxgate sensor and repaired electronics, and will remain on site for another year. In addition, a new sensor and electronics will be shipped to Pole and will be installed by the field members.

Deploying Team Members:

  • Karthik Venkataramani
  • Zhonghua Xu (Team Leader)

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