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

Project Title

Low Power Magnetometer (LPM) network - British Antarctic Survey (BAS)

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Event Number:
NSF/BAS Agreement

Program Manager:
Ms. Jessie Crain

ASC POC/Implementer:
Judy Shiple / Paul Sullivan

Principal Investigator

Mr. Michael Dinn

British Antarctic Survey
Cambridge, Undefined

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Supporting Stations: South Pole Station
Research Locations: South Pole Station / Union Glacier


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has deployed a dozen low power magnetometers (LPM) in Antarctica, most of which are in the deep field. The BAS instruments are part of an international array that forms a network across Antarctica. The instruments operate unmanned all year around, powered only by a solar panel. The LPM network measures magnetic fluctuations caused by currents flowing in the ionosphere. These data can be used to produce maps of space weather in the region around the Earth where satellites orbit. The ability to predict space weather is a significant advantage to the telecommunications and aerospace industries, helping them to better protect spacecraft.

Field Season Overview

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) will provide Twin Otter aircraft to conduct the science for X-599 (Dinn). An electronics engineer, one pilot, and possibly one other person will be deployed to South Pole for a period of up to five days to undertake the servicing and data download of the instruments. It will take place sometime within the period of early December to the end of the first week in January. The work is done in conjunction with other BAS support work and will likely continue to be based out of Union Glacier.