2019-2020 USAP Field Season
High-Latitude Conjugate Area Array Experiment to Investigate Solar Wind - Magnetosphere - Ionosphere Coupling
Dr. Michael David Hartinger
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Supporting Stations: Special Project
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