Arctic Field Projects

Project Title: The Sondrestrom Facility - Enabling Fundamental Research of the Coupled Atmosphere-Ionosphere-Magnetosphere System (Award# 1445376)

PI: Kendall, Elizabeth Anna (
Institute/Department: SRI International, Ionospheric and Space Physics Group 
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Funding Agency: US\Federal\NSF\GEO\AGS
Program Manager: Dr. Carrie Black ( )
Discipline(s): | Education and Outreach | Space Physics |

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Science 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.

Logistics Summary:
This grant is a continuation of 0836152 (Stromme) for the operation of instruments and scientific studies at the Sondrestrom Radar Facility in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland with researcher visits on a yearly basis. In 2018 the insturments were pulled and retroed from Sondestrom.

CPS support is limited to arranging personnel/cargo travel on board the Air National Guard. All other logistics are arranged by the investigators through the grant.
SeasonField SiteDate InDate Out#People
2015Greenland - Kangerlussuaq04 / 27 / 2015 12 / 18 / 201512
2016Greenland - Kangerlussuaq01 / 01 / 2016 12 / 31 / 20167
2017Greenland - Kangerlussuaq01 / 01 / 2017 12 / 31 / 20174
2018Greenland - Kangerlussuaq0

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