Astrid Maute

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).

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. have improved a comprehensive numerical model, the Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model with thermosphere and ionosphere extension (WACCM-X).

Examining the magnetic signal due to gravity and plasma pressure gradient current with the TIE-GCM

magnetic effect of gravity and plasma pressure gradient
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Astrid Maute states that accurate magnetic field measurements at ground and Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) are crucial to describe Earth's magnetic field. LEO data is also used to study the ionosphere.

Joan Burkepile Mentors Middle-School Girls for Over a Decade

Joan Burkepile leading STEM hands-on workshop

For over a decade, Joan Burkepile has participated in the STEM conference for middle school girls called “Expanding Your Horizons,” at CU Boulder. These one-day hands-on workshops are led by women professionals and are designed to be fun and exploratory.


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