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

Project Title

High-Latitude Conjugate Area Array Experiment to Investigate Solar Wind - Magnetosphere - Ionosphere Coupling

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A-129-E Research Location(s): Taishan and Kunlun stations (China)


Event Number:
NSF/OPP Award 1744828

Program Manager:
Dr. Robert Moore

ASC POC/Implementer:
John Rand / Curt Labombard

Principal Investigator(s)

Dr. Michael David Hartinger
Space Science Institute
Encino, California

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Supporting Stations: Special Project
Research Locations: Taishan and Kunlun stations (China)


Using several magnetometers deployed in the Antarctic, Greenland, and Svalbard, this project is directed toward investigating the coupling phenomena between the solar wind and the Earth's magnetosphere and ionosphere, particularly on the dayside of the Earth and observed simultaneously at high latitudes in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. In addition to the meridional array of already deployed autonomous, low-powered (AALPIP) magnetometers in the East Antarctic, two more stations will be deployed across Dome A and eastward toward the Chinese station Zhongshan. This deployment will establish two conjugate latitudinal chains of four stations in each polar cap that would be capable of addressing outstanding questions pertaining to the generation and propagation of natural, ultra-low frequency (ULF) waves.

Field Season Overview

One USAP team member will travel to Australia, where he will board the Chinese research vessel Snow Dragon for a cruise to Zhongshan station in Antarctica. Once there, he will join an inland traverse team and assist with deploying the project's instruments. The instruments will remain the property of the USAP, but the Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC) will accept custody and support responsibility for them, including their removal from the field at the end of the project. Once the equipment has been installed, the USAP participant will return to Zhongshan station and return to Australia via the Snow Dragon.

Deploying Team Members

  • Shane Coyle