2019-2020 Science Planning Summaries
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2019-2020 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

Polar Experiment Network for Geospace Upper-atmosphere Investigation – PENGUIn: Interhemispheric investigations along the 40-degree magnetic meridian


Polar Experiment Network for Geospace Upper-atmosphere Investigation – PENGUIn: Interhemispheric investigations along the 40-degree magnetic meridian
A-106-M/S Research Location(s): East Antarctic Palteau PG0 - PG5 Sites

Summary

Event Number:
A-106-M/S
NSF/OPP Award 1543364

Program Manager:
Dr. Vladimir Papitashvili

ASC POC/Implementer:
John Rand / Jennifer Blum / Paul Sullivan


Principal Investigator(s)

Dr. Robert Clauer
rclauer@vt.edu
Virginia Tech
National Institute of Aerospace
Hampton, Virginia

Project Web Site:
http://mist.nianet.org/


Location

Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station, South Pole Station
Research Locations: East Antarctic Palteau PG0 - PG5 Sites


Description

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.