2018-2019 USAP Field Season
Lower thermospheric science using new meteor radars at McMurdo Station
Dr. Scott Palo
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Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
This project will observe the mesosphere and lower thermosphere (MLT) at an altitude between 80 and 120 km above the earth. This is a highly dynamic region that couples the lower terrestrial atmosphere with the upper atmosphere near- earth space environment. Of particular importance in this region are both the upward propagating thermally forced atmospheric tides, global-scale planetary waves, and small-scale gravity waves. All these phenomena transport heat and momentum from the lower atmosphere into the upper atmosphere. The primary goal of this research is to observe, quantify, model, and further understand the spatial-temporal structure and variability of the MLT circulation above Antarctica.
Field Season Overview
Three science team members will arrive on station early in the season and will stay for about two weeks. They will make upgrades to the existing system, including the installation of the new receiver hardware and upgrading the transmit antenna system increasing the transmitting power to 32 kW. The experiment runs year around. A support contractor research associate will provide weekly support throughout the year.
Deploying Team Members