Astrid Maute

Ultra-Fast Kelvin Wave (UFKW) Variations in the Surface Magnetic Field

Graphic image of magnetic perturbation
Thursday, March 25, 2021

Kelvin waves are large scale wave that is important for Earth’s atmosphere. The Ultra-Fast Kelvin waves (UFKW) are a subset of the Kelvin waves that can propagate to the mesosphere and lower thermosphere (MLT) ~100km and above due to their high zonal phase speeds.

Modeling Diurnal Variation Magnetic Fields for Mantle Induction Studies

Graphic image of the magnetic Bx component
Thursday, January 28, 2021

Accurate models of the spatial structure of ionospheric magnetic fields in the daily variation (DV) band (periods of approximately a few hours to a day) would enable use of magneto-variational methods for three-dimensional imaging of upper mantle and transition zone electrical conductivity.

Dipolar elementary current systems for ionospheric current reconstruction at low and middle latitudes

Graphic image showing the maps of the E-region horizontal and radial currents
Friday, October 2, 2020

The flow of ionospheric current can be probed by examining magnetic field measurements at the ground and at Low-Earth-Orbit (LEO) altitude.

Equatorial Ionospheric Electrodynamics

Graphic image depicting vertical drifts over Jicamarca
Thursday, July 23, 2020

The low latitude ionosphere is one of the dynamic regions of the Earth’s upper atmosphere. The morphology of this region is controlled by radiative and coupled chemical, neutral and plasma transport processes.

Planetary wave (PW) generation in the thermosphere driven by the PW-modulated tidal spectrum

Graphic image of Q6DW zonal wind amplitudes
Thursday, July 16, 2020

The National Center for Atmospheric Research thermosphere-ionosphere-electrodynamics general circulation model (TIE-GCM) is used to conduct numerical experiments that isolate and elucidate a substantial modication of the quasi-6-day wave (Q6DW) above 110 km due to presence of the planetary wave (

Simulated trends in ionosphere-thermosphere climate due to predicted main magnetic field changes from 2015 to 2065

Photograph of TEC in 2015
Friday, May 15, 2020

Summary or Abstract: The strength and structure of the Earth's magnetic field is gradually changing. These changes do not only affect the difference between the geographic and magnetic pole, which we have to consider when we hike in higher latitude regions.

HAO Outreach: 2020 Little Shop of Physics

Child participant at 2020 Little Shop of Physics doing hands-on activities

High Altitude Observatory (HAO) staff was invited by UCAR Science Education to present “Space Weather” to the public at the Little Shop of Physics 29th Annual Open House at the Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

Zonally-Symmetric Oscillations of the Thermosphere at Planetary-Wave Periods

responses at 120 km due to different lower boundary forcing of the TIEGCM
Friday, May 11, 2018

New mechanisms for imposing planetary-wave (PW) variability on the ionosphere thermosphere system are discovered in numerical experiments conducted with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Thermosphere-Ionosphere- Electrodynamics General circulation Model (TIE-GCM).


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