2018-2019 Science Planning Summaries
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2018-2019 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

Polar Experiment Network for Geospace Upper-atmosphere Investigation – PENGUIn: Interhemispheric investigations along the 40-degree magnetic meridian


Polar Experiment Network for Geospace Upper-atmosphere Investigation – PENGUIn: Interhemispheric investigations along the 40-degree magnetic meridian
A-106-M/S Research Location(s): East Antarctic Plateau (PG4 site)

Summary

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

Program Manager:
Dr. Vladimir Papitashvili

ASC POC/Implementer:
John Rand / Jennifer Blum / Timothy Ager / Neal Scheibe


Principal Investigator(s)

Dr. Robert Clauer
rclauer@vt.edu
Virginia Tech
Hampton, Virginia

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


Location

Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station, South Pole Station
Research Locations: East Antarctic Plateau (PG4 site)


Description

The solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling system is a complex and dynamic environment that affects critical infrastructure such as satellite communications and power grids, thus driving so-called "space weather." To forecast, and thus adapt to, the effects of space weather events, researchers must develop accurate geomagnetic models of the Sun-Earth environment. The Northern Hemisphere is relatively well instrumented, but the Southern Hemisphere is not. This project established a chain of Autonomous Adaptive Low-Power Instrument Platforms (AAL-PIP) along the 40-degree magnetic meridian in Antarctica. The deployed chain of instruments will measure variations in the geomagnetic field that are conjugate to the West Coast of Greenland(also equipped with magnetometers) for investigation of the interhemispheric electrodynamic coupling.


Field Season Overview

A two-person team 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 PG4 station that was previously installed. While at the site, the team will swap the malfunctioning box with a tested replacement.


Deploying Team Members

  • Thomas Edwards
  • Zhonghua Xu