2019-2020 USAP Field Season
Polar Experiment Network for Geospace Upper-atmosphere Investigation – PENGUIn: Interhemispheric investigations along the 40-degree magnetic meridian
Dr. Robert Clauer
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Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station, South Pole Station
The solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling system is a complex and dynamic environment that affects critical infrastructure, such as satellite communications and power grids, thus driving so-called "space weather." To forecast, and thus adapt to, the effects of space weather events, researchers must develop accurate geomagnetic models of the Sun-Earth environment. The Northern Hemisphere is relatively well instrumented, but the Southern Hemisphere is not. This project established a chain of Autonomous Adaptive Low-Power Instrument Platforms (AAL-PIP) along the 40-degree magnetic meridian in Antarctica. This deployed chain of instruments will measure variations in the geomagnetic field that are conjugate to the West Coast of Greenland (which is also equipped with magnetometers) for investigating the interhemispheric electrodynamic coupling.
Field Season Overview
This project consists of Autonomous Adaptive Low-Power Instrument Platforms (AAL-PIPs) previously installed along the 40-degree magnetic meridian. This chain of instruments will continue to operate unattended. No science personnel are scheduled to deploy.