2017-2018 Science Planning Summaries
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2017-2018 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

The PMC-turbo balloon mission to study gravity waves and turbulence through high-resolution imaging of polar mesospheric clouds

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Program Manager:
Dr. Vladimir Papitashvili

ASC POC/Implementer:
Samina Ouda / Scott Battaion / Chad Naughton

Principal Investigator

Dr. David Fritts

GATS, Inc.
Boulder, Colorado

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Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
Research Locations: Williams Field


The project will reinstate the Drake Antarctic Agile MEteor Radar (DrAAMER) that was deployed at the Brazilian Antarctic Station Comandante Ferraz in 2010. Upon reinstatement, the radar will be employed in diverse observations along with the Southern Argentina Agile MEteor Radar (SAAMER), deployed in Southern Argentina. These observations will be used for studies of the coupling and dynamics of atmospheric waves generated at lower altitudes over the Drake Passage and then propagating into the mesosphere, lower thermosphere, and ionosphere regions. This research addresses topics that are of high interest and relevance to diverse scientific communities, especially for defining more accurate parameterizations of the mesosphere, lower thermosphere, and ionosphere (MLTI) dynamics for weather prediction and climate modeling.

Field Season Overview

The instruments will be attached to the SuperTIGER 2 payload gondola frame. No team members will deploy to Antarctica.