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

Project Title

Continental-scale studies of Mesospheric dynamics using the Antarctic Gravity Wave Instrument Network (ANGWIN)

 Continental-scale studies of Mesospheric dynamics using the Antarctic Gravity Wave Instrument Network (ANGWIN)
A-119-M/S Research Location(s): Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station - B2 Laboratory


Event Number:
NSF/OPP Award 2029318

Program Manager:
Dr. Robert Moore

ASC POC/Implementer:
John Rand / Paul Sullivan / Sheryl Seagraves

Principal Investigator(s)

Dr. Michael J Taylor
Utah State University
Center for Atmospheric and Space Sciences
Logan, Utah

Project Web Site:


Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station, South Pole Station
Research Locations: Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station - B2 Laboratory


The Antarctic Gravity Wave Imaging Network (ANGWIN) is a cooperative effort between six international Antarctic programs to collect continent-wide gravity wave measurements. This network capitalizes on existing optical and radar measurement capabilities at McMurdo, South Pole, and six other research stations: Halley (UK), Syowa (Japan), Davis (Australia), Rothera (UK), and Ferraz (Brazil). Infrared, all-sky, mesospheric hydroxyl imagers are installed at Davis, McMurdo, and Halley stations. The network quantifies the properties, variability, and momentum fluxes of short-period mesospheric gravity waves and their dominant sources and effects over the Antarctic continent. Measurements at South Pole focus on quantifying the temperature signatures of gravity waves deep within the polar vortex and on complementing the ANGWIN sites around the continent.

Field Season Overview

The instruments for this project, an all-sky airglow imager and an advanced mesospheric temperature mapper (AMTM), are located on the B2 mezzanine at South Pole Station. They run continuously during the dark periods of winter, essentially autonomously, with only limited intervention required by an onsite research associate and by the science party via the internet. One participant will deploy from mid-January until early February to service instruments at both South Pole and McMurdo stations.

Deploying Team Members

  • Pierre-Dominique Pautet (Co-PI)