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2015-2016 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

Investigating wave-driven Mesospheric dynamics over South Pole using an advanced Mesospheric temperature mapper


Investigating wave-driven Mesospheric dynamics over South Pole using an advanced Mesospheric temperature mapper

Summary

Event Number:
A-119-M/S
NSF/OPP Award 1443730

Program Manager:
Dr. Vladimir Papitashvili

ASC POC/Implementer:
Samina Ouda / Paul Sullivan


Principal Investigator

Dr. Michael Taylor
mike.taylor@usu.edu

Utah State University
Center for Atmospheric and Space Sciences
Logan, Utah

Project Web Site:
http://ail.usu.edu/Data/Data.html External Web Site


Location

Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station, South Pole Station
Research Locations: B2 Science Building


Description

The Antarctic Gravity Wave Imaging Network (ANGWIN) is a cooperative effort of six international Antarctic programs to collect continent-wide gravity wave measurements. This network capitalizes on existing optical and radar measurement capabilities at McMurdo, Palmer, South Pole, and six other research stations: Halley (UK), Syowa (Japan), Davis (Australia), Rothera (UK), and Ferraz (Brazil). Infrared (IR) all-sky mesospheric OH (hydroxyl) imagers are installed at Davis, McMurdo, and Halley stations. An all-sky near-IR imager is also installed at Palmer Station to augment the existing instrumentation and create a capability for studying gravity wave properties at each site. The network quantifies the properties, variability, and momentum fluxes of short-period (less than one hour) mesospheric gravity waves and their dominant sources and effects over the Antarctic continent. Measurements at South Pole focus on quantifying the temperature signatures of gravity waves deep within the polar vortex and complementing the ANGWIN sites around the continent.


Field Season Overview

Deploying field team members will spend five days at South Pole Station where they will service the camera, optics, filter wheel and computer, and will update the acquisition software. They will also provide training to a contract research associate on running and troubleshooting the instrument.


Deploying Team Members

  • Pierre-Dominique Pautet (Co-PI)
  • Michael Taylor (PI)