2015-2016 USAP Field Season
High-resolution mapping of thermospheric wind and temperature fields near the equatorward edge of the Antarctic polar cap
Dr. Mark Conde
University of Alaska Fairbanks
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Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station, South Pole Station
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