2019-2020 Science Planning Summaries
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2019-2020 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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A-343-M/S Research Location(s): Arrival Heights, ARO Bldg


Event Number:
NSF/OPP Award 1341545

Program Manager:
Dr. Robert Moore

ASC POC/Implementer:
John Rand / Elizabeth Kauffman / Paul Sullivan

Principal Investigator(s)

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, ARO Bldg


This project operates and maintains all-sky imaging Fabry-Perot spectrometers at McMurdo Station and South Pole Station 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 Stations. Work will include routine mechanical maintenance, optical alignment, and data archiving. They will spend about one week at each station and prepare the instruments for retrograde during the 2020-2021 season.

Deploying Team Members

  • John Elliott
  • Rajan Itani