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The Sondrestrom Facility - Enabling Fundamental Research of the Coupled Atmosphere-Ionosphere-Magnetosphere System

General

Organisation
Project start
01.01.2015
Project end
31.12.2018
Type of project
ARMAP/NSF
Project theme
Space physics
Project topic
Education & Outreach
Space physics

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 0, 0

Fieldwork start
13.08.2015
Fieldwork end
18.12.2015

SAR information

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 0, 0

Fieldwork start
11.08.2016
Fieldwork end
31.12.2016

SAR information

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 0, 0

Fieldwork start
17.08.2017
Fieldwork end
31.12.2017

SAR information

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 0, 0

Fieldwork start
01.01.2018
Fieldwork end
31.12.2018

SAR information

Project details

02.12.2019
Science / project plan

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Science / project summary
This award continues support for management, operations, and scientific activities at the Sondrestrom Geospace research facility located near Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. The activities include technical support of the incoherent scatter radar (ISR), Rayleigh lidar system, and two all-sky imagers, as well as provide observational service and data to the national and international geospace science communities, including education and outreach efforts relevant to facility operations and science. Facility staff will advance instrumentation to promote scientific discovery, ensure data are of high research quality, and maintain expertise in the related sciences conducted at the facility to help foster new ideas in geospace research. Over the years, the number of complementary instruments at the site has risen dramatically and the capabilities of the radar itself have been considerably enhanced. As a result, the research supported by the facility has diversified and evolved to meet the changing needs of the community of scientific users. Non-geospace activities, such as solid earth research, stratospheric research, and environmental research are supported as part of broader community outreach. The IS radar will be operated for 1800 hours per year in response to the evolving needs of the research community, providing flexibility in radar operations to capture space weather events, and make data available for retrospective analysis. To take advantage of these extensive observations, facility staff will focus on collaborative studies with other existing and planned high-latitude radars. The facility's data handling and processing tools are readily available in a timely manner. The facility staff will also maintain relationships with the Greenland Home Rule Government and Danish Polar center to ensure effective management and operation of the Sondrestrom Geospace facility.
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