NCAR High Altitude Observatory

Global Modeling of Thermospheric Airglow in the Far-Ultraviolet

 Synthetic ultraviolet global images
Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Global Airglow (GLOW) model has been updated and extended to calculate ultraviolet light emitted by the upper atmosphere, including during the day, the night, and in the aurora.

The NASA Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) Mission

Variation of NmF2 log 10 [1/cm3] for different seasons
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The NASA Ionospheric Connection explorer (ICON) will study the coupling between the thermosphere and ionosphere at low- and mid-latitudes by measuring the key parameters.

A Study of Large Wind Shears Near the Mesopause and the Tropopause

Vertical profiles of maximum wind shear
Thursday, April 13, 2017

The NCAR Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model (WACCM), with a quasi-uniform horizontal resolution of $\sim$25km and a vertical resolution of 0.1 scale height, produces large horizontal winds and vertical shears maximizing in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere (MLT), similar to those found

Solar Cycle Variability Induced by Title Angle Scatter in a Babcockl-Leighton Solar Dynamo Model

Variability in sunspot number (SSN) in STABLE dynamo simulations of the solar cycle using the observed random scatter in sunspot pair tilt angle of 15 degrees. (a) 19 magnetic cycles are highlighted with red and blue representing the northern and southern hemispheres respectively. Red shaded areas indicate periods when the SSN in the north exceeds that in the south and blue shaded areas indicate the opposite. (b) Long-term SSN variability in the same simulation, exhibiting extended periods of low and high a
Saturday, April 15, 2017

We present results from a three-dimensional Babcock–Leighton dynamo model that is sustained by the explicit emergence and dispersal of bipolar magnetic regions (BMRs). On average, each BMR has a systematic tilt given by Joy’s law.

NOVA Highlights Sunrise Missions and Observations

Sunrise Balloon Launching

The March issue of NOVA features Sunrise, the scientific collaboration that twice launched the largest balloon-borne solar telescope to ever leave the Earth's surface. Launched from the Esrange Space Center in Kiruna, Sweden, it was carried aboard the HAO-developed gondola.

Rossby Waves On The Sun

Rossby waves on the Sun
Friday, April 14, 2017

Space weather forecasting capability is six decades behind terrestrial weather forecasting," you will often hear at gatherings of scientists determined to understand the connections between our star and our home on Earth. It is an accurate statement in terms of capability.

Energetic Particle Data for New Research

Delta II rocket launching the fifth GPS IIR(M) satellite

As part of the US National Space Weather Strategy and Action Plan, and following the 2016 Executive Order 13744, the Department of Defense (DoD) is now opening a more than 15-year record of GPS particle data to scientific scrutiny.

Variability and predictability of the space environment as related to lower atmosphere forcing

Monthly mean, globally integrated total gravity wave flux of energy
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Most of the large events affecting the thermosphere and ionosphere part of the space environment come from the Sun, the solar wind, and Earth’s magnetosphere, but even in “quiet time” periods lacking those sources of variability, conditions in the thermosphere and ionosphere continue to fluctuate

Gravity wave variation from the troposphere to the lower thermosphere during a stratospheric sudden warming event: A case study

Vertical energy flux
Monday, April 3, 2017

High resolution Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model (WACCM) simulations are used to study how gravity waves vary during a stratospheric sudden warming (SSW) event from the source region to the lower thermosphere.


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