2016-2017 USAP Field Season
Investigating wave-driven Mesospheric dynamics over South Pole using an advanced Mesospheric temperature mapper
Dr. Michael Taylor
Utah State University
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Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station, Palmer Station, South Pole Station
Gravity waves are key drivers of the general circulation and temperature distributions throughout the middle and upper atmosphere. 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). 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. An all-sky near-infrared (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.
Field Season Overview
Two science team members will deploy to McMurdo Station to install an Advance Mesospheric Temperature Mapper (AMTM) at Arrival Heights. The team members will also travel to South Pole to service the ANGWIN instruments. The research team will receive ASC construction support to help secure the AMTM, and throughout the year an ASC research associate will perform system maintenance, troubleshooting, and data downloads.
Deploying Team Members