2013-2014 Science Planning Summaries
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Investigating wave-driven Mesospheric dynamics over South Pole using an advanced Mesospheric temperature mapper

Program Manager:
Dr. Vladimir Papitashvili

Event Number: A-119-M

ASC POC/Implementer:
Samina Ouda / Cara Sucher

Dr. Michael Taylor (Principal Investigator)
http://ail.usu.edu/Data/Data.htmlExternal Non U.S. Government Site

Utah State University
Center for Atmospheric and Space Sciences
Logan, Utah

Supporting Stations:  McMurdo Station
Research Locations:  Arrival Heights (ASPA 122)

Project 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:
Field team members will visit the Arrival Heights facility in January 2014 to service their equipment. After that, they will travel to South Pole station to service equipment for their companion project (A-119-S). The collected data will be made available on the research team's website along with existing South Pole data.

Deploying Team Members:

  • Pierre-Dominique Pautet
  • Michael Taylor (PI)

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