2016-2017 Science Planning Summaries
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2016-2017 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/P/S
NSF/OPP Award 1443730

Program Manager:
Dr. Vladimir Papitashvili

ASC POC/Implementer:
Neal Scheibe / Elizabeth Kauffman


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


Location

Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station, Palmer Station, South Pole Station
Research Locations: Arrival Heights


Description

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

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