2022-2023 USAP Field Season
Lower thermospheric science using new meteor radar at McMurdo Station
Dr. Scott Palo
Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station
This project observes the mesosphere and lower thermosphere (MLT) between 80 and 120 kilometers above the earth. This is a highly dynamic region that couples the lower terrestrial atmosphere with the upper atmosphere near-earth space environment. Of particular importance in this region are the upward propagating thermally-forced atmospheric tides, global-scale planetary waves, and small-scale gravity waves. All these phenomena transport heat and momentum from the lower atmosphere into the upper atmosphere. The primary goal of this research is to observe, quantify, model, and further understand the spatial-temporal structure and variability of the MLT circulation above Antarctica.
Field Season Overview
The radar field site is located between McMurdo Station and Scott Base. Three participants will deploy to McMurdo Station in late January to retrograde the radar array and control/data systems.
Deploying Team Members