2021-2022 Science Planning Summaries
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2021-2022 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

NSFGEO-NERC: Conjugate experiment to investigate sources of high-latitude magnetic perturbations in coupled solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere-ground system

Camping at the PG5 site during deployment. Photo by Michael Hartinger
A-110-M/S Research Location(s): PG0, PG2


Event Number:
NSF/OPP Award 2027210

Program Manager:
Dr. Robert Moore

ASC POC/Implementer:
Judy Shiple / Jenny Cunningham / Paul Sullivan

Principal Investigator(s)

Dr. Michael David Hartinger
Space Science Institute
Encino, California

Project Web Site:


Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station, South Pole Station
Research Locations: PG0, PG2


This collaborative research project is jointly funded by NSF and the National Environment Research Council of the United Kingdom. Researchers will conduct focused scientific investigations to develop an understanding of the sources of high-latitude magnetic perturbations in the multi-scale, global, solar wind - magnetosphere – ionosphere – ground (SWMIG) system, including during the 2021 solar eclipse. These objectives will be achieved through a network of magnetometers in Antarctica and the Northern Hemisphere near the 40-degree magnetic meridian. The work will include education and outreach efforts.

Field Season Overview

Two participants will deploy to McMurdo and South Pole stations in mid-November, 2021. The team will make day trips from South Pole Station to the PG2 site to service and repair instruments. The overarching goals are to (1) diagnose and repair the magnetometer at site PG2 to enable scientific investigations related to the eclipse on December 4, and (2) if possible, to repair the partially functioning magnetometer at site PG0 by replacing a severed GPS cable and outdated antenna. The team will likely be able to accomplish the repairs at PG2 and PG0 with two to three day-trips.

Deploying Team Members

  • Shane Coyle
  • Michael Hartinger (PI)