2018-2019 Science Planning Summaries
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2018-2019 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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A-382-P Research Location(s): King George Island


Event Number:
NSF/OPP Award 1744801

Program Manager:
Dr. Vladimir Papitashvili

ASC POC/Implementer:
David Rivera / Cara Ferrier

Principal Investigator(s)

Dr. David Fritts
GATS, Inc.
Boulder, Colorado

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Supporting Stations: Palmer Station
Research Locations: King George Island


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

USAP support for this project will consist of purchasing tickets for the science party to meet with international collaborators in Brazil. From there, one participant will travel, under the auspices of the Brazilian Antarctic Program, to Ferraz Base on King George Island to install and repair instrumentation on the DrAAMER.

Deploying Team Members

  • Wayne Hocking