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

Project Title

Multi-Scale Dynamics Studies Using the Drake Antarctic Agile Meteor Radar

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A-382-E Research Location(s): King George Island


Event Number:
NSF/OPP Award 1744801

Program Manager:
Dr. Robert Moore

ASC POC/Implementer:
David Rivera / Cara Ferrier

Principal Investigator(s)

Dr. David Fritts
Boulder, Colorado


Supporting Stations: Special Project
Research Locations: King George Island


This 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 to study 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. This research addresses topics that are of high interest and relevance to diverse scientific communities, especially for defining more accurate parameterizations of mesosphere, lower thermosphere, and ionosphere (MLTI) dynamics for weather prediction and climate modeling.

Field Season Overview

Team members will travel to Brazil to meet with international collaborators and from there will travel to King George Island to install and repair instrumentation on the Drake Passage Agile Meteor Radar (DrAAMER). The Brazilian Institute of Space Research (INPE) will provide all travel and cargo support between Brazil and Ferraz Base, King George Island.

Deploying Team Members

  • Wayne Hocking