2017-2018 Science Planning Summaries
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2017-2018 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

This is the final season of this project. An ASC research associate will assist in taking down, packing and shipping the equipment and instruments back to the PI’s home institution. ASC science construction personnel will remove the three HF antennas in the Palmer backyard.