2015-2016 Science Planning Summaries
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2015-2016 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

High-resolution mapping of thermospheric wind and temperature fields near the equatorward edge of the Antarctic polar cap

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Event Number:
NSF/OPP Award 1341545

Program Manager:
Dr. Vladimir Papitashvili

ASC POC/Implementer:
Judy Shiple / Elizabeth Kauffman / Paul Sullivan

Principal Investigator

Dr. Mark Conde

University of Alaska Fairbanks
Physics Department
Fairbanks, Alaska

Project Web Site:
http://sdi_server.gi.alaska.edu/sdiweb/index.asp External Web Site


Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station, South Pole Station
Research Locations: Arrival Heights / Atmospheric Research Observatory (ARO)


The project operates and maintains all-sky imaging Fabry-Perot spectrometers at McMurdo Station and South Pole Stations to map the wind and temperature fields that occur in the thermosphere above Antarctica. Data collected from these instruments will be used to test the hypothesis that the thermosphere’s most dynamic weather occurs in latitudes just poleward of the boundary between the auroral oval and the polar cap.

Field Season Overview

During the 2015-16 season, the instruments will be deployed for installation at the Arrival Heights and the Atmospheric Research Observatory (ARO) buildings. Installations at each location will utilize spaces in the respective buildings with existing roof penetrations. Three project participants will deploy for approximately two weeks at each location for installation activities.

Deploying Team Members

  • Theo Davies
  • Michael Kosch
  • Dale Pomraning