2016-2017 Science Planning Summaries
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2016-2017 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

Troposphere-ionosphere coupling via atmospheric gravity waves

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Program Manager:
Dr. Peter Milne

ASC POC/Implementer:
Samina Ouda / Jamee Johnson

Principal Investigator

Dr. Vadym V Paznukhov

Boston College
Institute for Scientific Research
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts


Supporting Stations: Palmer Station
Research Locations: On station


In the Earth's layered atmosphere, gravity (or internal) waves are quasi-periodic disturbances most familiar as the wave-like cloud patterns observed in the lee of mountain ranges. This project investigates the role of atmospheric gravity waves in the ionosphere-troposphere coupling. Researchers will investigate the dynamics of plasma density irregularities in the ionospheric F-region, and the connection of these irregularities with atmospheric gravity waves. Antarctica is ideally suited to this study as large numbers of gravity waves are observable there and the electromagnetic background is quiet, which is important for detection of the radio signals to be observed in this study.

Field Season Overview

No team members will deploy this season. The system installed at Palmer station in the 2015-16 season has been operating in automatic mode and requires only minor maintenance by an ASC Research Associate to visually inspect the outside installation for possible physical damage from the environment or wildlife, and occasionally troubleshooting the operating system.