Alan Burns

Physical Processes Driving the Response of the F2-region Ionosphere to the 21 August 2017 Solar Eclipse at Millstone Hill

UT and altitude variations of electron densities
Friday, May 4, 2018

The high-resolution thermosphere-ionosphere-electrodynamics general circulation model (TIEGCM) was used to investigate the cause of F2-region electron density (Ne) responses to the Great American Solar Eclipse on 21 August 2017 at Millstone Hill (42.610N, 71.480W).

Faster Traveling Atmosphere Disturbances Caused by Polar Ionosphere Turbulence Heating

Meridional wind variability
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

For the first time, a new module enables Jing Liu and others to investigate the intimate coupling between polar turbulence electron heating and thermosphere disturbances in the context of a first principle, self-consistent model.

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

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. There were anxious moments following lift-off when mission control lost contact with the satellite.

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.

The Global-Scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) Mission

Simulation of GOLD atomic oxygen emissions
Monday, August 14, 2017

The NASA Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission is a dual-channel imaging spectrograph that will be carried on a commercial communications satellite in geostationary orbit. Launch is scheduled for January, 2018.

Impact of high-speed streams and co-rotating interaction regions on the thermosphere-ionosphere

Comparison of thermospheric neutral density at 400 km image
Friday, November 2, 2012

Changes in the thermosphere-ionosphere system caused by high-speed streams in the solar wind, and the co-rotating interaction regions they engender, were studied using a combination of CMIT and TIEGCM simulations and data analysis. 

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