Aurora seen from the Kjell Henriksen Observatory

Multi-Instrument Studies of High Latitude Atmospheric Turbulence and Wave Processes

Multi-Instrument Studies of High Latitude Atmospheric Turbulence and Wave Processes

The project aims to initiate a new collaboration between the two research groups through a joint study into how energy is dissipated into the upper atmosphere through interaction between the Sun’s magnetic field (IMF) and the Earth’s magnetic field. Ultra Low Frequency (ULF) waves and turbulence manifest themselves as periodic fluctuations in the atmospheric signatures of this energy deposition (such as temperature and density changes) and in the Earth’s magnetic field. By monitoring the frequency, magnitude and location of the waves on the ground it is possible to investigate the complex plasma processes and interactions happening in the Earth’s ionosphere/magnetosphere system.

Contact person: Associate Professor Lisa Baddeley