2017-2018 Science Planning Summaries
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2017-2018 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

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


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

Summary

Event Number:
A-106-S
NSF/OPP Award 1543364

Program Manager:
Dr. Vladimir Papitashvili

ASC POC/Implementer:
Neal Scheibe / Jennifer Blum / Paul Sullivan


Principal Investigator

Dr. Robert Clauer
rclauer@vt.edu

Virginia Tech
Hampton, Virginia

Project Web Site:
http://mist.nianet.org/


Location

Supporting Stations: South Pole Station
Research Locations: East Antarctic Plateau


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

One team member will fly by LC-130 aircraft to South Pole Station and will then make a day trip by Twin Otter aircraft to the site of a malfunctioning Autonomous Adaptive Low-Power Instrument Platform (AAL-PIP) that was previously installed along the 40 degree magnetic meridian (site PG4). While there, they will swap the malfunctioning box with a tested replacement.