2017-2018 Science Planning Summaries
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2017-2018 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:
Neal Scheibe / Elizabeth Kauffman / Paul Sullivan

Principal Investigator

Dr. Mark Conde

University of Alaska Fairbanks
Physics Department
Fairbanks, Alaska

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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

This season, two team members will perform minor repairs and upgrades to the two Fabry-Perot instruments located at McMurdo and South Pole. Work will include routine mechanical maintenance, optical alignment, and data archiving. They will spend approximately one week working at each station.

Deploying Team Members

  • Kylee Branning
  • John Elliott