NCAR High Altitude Observatory

Discovery of New Coronal Lines at 2.843 & 2.853 Microns

Summary of AIR-Spec observations during totality
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Jenna Samra and Philip Judge identify two new emission features observed during the 21st August 2017 total solar eclipse by a novel spectrometer, AIR-Spec, flown at 14.3 km altitude aboard the NCAR Gulfstream V aircraft.

Development and Validation of the Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model with Thermosphere and Ionosphere Extension (WACCM-X)

 WACCM-X simulations image
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

H.Liu et al.—A comprehensive numerical model, the Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model with thermosphere and ionosphere extension (WACCM-X), has been improved, in order to simulate the entire atmosphere and ionosphere, from the Earth’s surface to ~700 km altitude.

WACCM-X Recent Publications

Liu, H.-L., C. G. Bardeen, B. T. Foster, P. Lauritzen, J. Liu, G. Lu, D. R. Marsh, A. Maute, J. M. McInerney, N. M. Pedatella, L. Qian, A. D. Richmond, R. G. Roble, S. C. Solomon, F. M. Vitt, and W.

First Results from the Ionospheric Extension of WACCM-X during the Deep Solar Minimum Year of 2008

Comparisons of hmF2
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model with thermosphere and ionosphere extension (WACCM-X) is a numerical model of the

Simulation of the August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse using the Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model—eXtended

Temperature differences between the eclipse and baseline simulations
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Joseph McInerney and others, use a computer model called the Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model - eXtended (WACCM-X v. 2.0) to investigate what happens to the atmosphere from the surface of Earth up to space during the “Great American Eclipse” of 21 August 2017.

Whole Atmosphere Simulation of Anthropogenic Climate Change Publication Name: Geophysical Research Letters

Model calculations
Friday, February 2, 2018

Stan Solomon and others have performed the first whole-atmosphere simulations of global change that include the lower atmosphere (0-15 km), middle atmosphere (15-90 km), thermosphere-ionosphere (90-500 km), and all relevant physics and chemistry.

GOLD Mission Launched into Orbit

SES-14 communications satellite

The NASA Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission was launched into orbit on January 25, 2018 as a commercially hosted payload on the SES-14 communications satellite. The satellite was launched on an Ariane 5 rocket from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana.

Temporal Variability of Atomic Hydrogen From the Mesopause to the Upper Thermosphere

Zonal-mean vertical profiles of hydrogen
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Liying Qian et al investigate atomic hydrogen (H) variability from the mesopause to the upper thermosphere, on time scales of solar cycle, seasonal, and diurnal.

Role of Interaction Between Magnetic Rossby Waves and Tachocline Differential Rotation in Producing Solar Seasons

Synoptic maps
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Mausumi Dikpati presents a nonlinear magnetohydrodynamic shallow-water model for the solar tachocline (MHD-SWT) that generates quasi-periodic tachocline nonlinear oscillations (TNOs) that can be identified with the recently discovered solar 'seasons'.


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