NCAR High Altitude Observatory

Caitlyn Quinn Erdesz

Caitlyn is an Administrator II in the High Altitude Observatory (HAO) at NCAR. She is the proposal process leader for HAO.

Constraining nonlinear dynamo models using quasi-biennial oscillations from sunspot area data

Graphic depicting continuous wavelet spectra of the sunspot area (SSA)
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Solar magnetic activity exhibits variations with periods between 1.5–4 years, the so-called quasi-biennial oscillations (QBOs), in addition to the well-known 11-year Schwabe cycles. The solar dynamo is thought to be the responsible mechanism for the generation of the QBOs.

Global-scale Observations of the Equatorial Ionization Anomaly

GOLD image of the daytime airglow and the equatorial ionization anomaly (EIA)
Monday, August 5, 2019

The NASA Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) ultraviolet spectrograph began imaging the Equatorial Ionization Anomaly (EIA), regions of the ionosphere with enhanced electron density north and south of the magnetic equator, in October 2018.

MinXSS CubeSat Mission Overview: Improvements from the Successful MinXSS-1 Mission

Photograph of the MinXSS-2 spacecraft
Monday, July 15, 2019

The second Miniature X-ray Solar Spectrometer (MinXSS-2) CubeSat builds on the success of MinXSS-1. The science instrument is more advanced – now capable of greater dynamic range with higher energy resolution.

Predictability of the mesosphere and lower thermosphere based on initialized hindcast experiments

Graph depicting global normalized root mean square error for wavenumbers 0-6
Monday, July 15, 2019

The ability to predict conditions in Earth’s ionosphere and thermosphere is of increasing societal relevance due to the growing dependence on, for example, satellite based communications and navigation (e.g., GPS) systems.

What the Sudden Death of Solar Cycles Can Tell us About the Nature of the Solar Interior

140 year record of solar filaments
Monday, July 1, 2019

We observe the abrupt end of solar activity cycles at the Sun’s Equator by combining almost 140 years of observations from ground and space.

HAO Eclipse Expedition to Cerro Tololo, Chile

MHD models to predict the magnetic structure of the corona at the time of the eclipse

Following its long history of solar eclipse field expeditions, the High Altitude Observatory currently has a team deployed in Cerro Tololo, Chile to conduct solar physics research.

Quantifying Gravity Wave Forcing Using Scale Invariance

Graph depicting Gravity Wave Forcing
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Despite the increasing resolution, forcing on the mean circulation by resolved waves in general circulation models is not yet converging. Parameterization of the forcing remains a major source of model uncertainty.

New 2018 HIWIND Thermospheric Wind Observations

Graphs depicting 2018 HIWIND Thermospheric Wind Observations
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Daytime thermospheric winds observed by the balloon-borne instrument HIWIND (High altitude Interferometer WIND experiment) during two flights in June 2011 and 2018 from Kiruna (68°N, 20°E), along with simultaneous EISCAT (European Incoherent SCATter radar) ion drift data, are analyzed.


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