Global-scale observations of the limb and disk (GOLD)

NASA Features Research by HAO Scientist Xuguang Cai

Satellite with spectrograph instrumentation hovering over the earth

Since 2017, HAO has provided scientific support and analysis for NASA's Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD).

Variations in thermosphere composition and ionosphere total electron content under ‘geomagnetically quiet’ conditions at solar-minimum

Tie-GCM Graphic
Friday, May 28, 2021

We conducted observational and modeling studies of thermospheric composition and ionospheric total electron content (TEC) variations during two geomagnetically quiet periods (maximum Kp=1.7) at solar minimum.

Investigation of a neutral ‘tongue’ observed by GOLD during the geomagnetic storm on May 11,2019

Latitude-longitude distribution of percentage difference
Tuesday, May 4, 2021

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Global-scale observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission observed a unique structure of thermospheric column density ratio of O to N2 (∑O/N2) during a geomagnetic storm on day of year (DOY) 130 (May 10) to DOY 132 in 2019.

Impact of GOLD Retrieved Thermospheric Temperatures on a Whole Atmosphere Data Assimilation Model

Graphic depicting the whole atmosphere temperature profiles
Tuesday, November 10, 2020

The present investigation evaluates the assimilation of synthetic data which has properties similar to actual Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) level-2 (L2) and other conventional lower atmospheric observations.

The 2‐D Evolution of Thermospheric ∑O/N2 Response to Weak Geomagnetic Activity During Solar‐Minimum Observed by GOLD

Graphic image 2D evolution of thermospheric ∑O/N2 response
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

We conduct observational and modeling studies of thermospheric composition responses to weak geomagnetic activity (non-geomagnetic storms). We found that the thermospheric O and N 2 column density ratio (∑O/N 2 ) in part of the Northern Hemisphere measured by

Comparison of GOLD nighttime measurements with total electron content: preliminary results

Graphic image depicting the comparison between the GOLD map and TEC2 map
Friday, August 28, 2020

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Global‐scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) has been imaging the thermosphere and ionosphere since October 2018. It provides continuous measurements over a large area from its geostationary orbit.

Global-scale Measurements of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) Mission Implementation: Instrument Design and Early Flight Performance

Schematic of the sectional view of a GOLD spectroscopic imaging channel
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) is a NASA mission of opportunity designed to study how the Earth’s ionosphere-thermosphere system responds to geomagnetic storms, solar radiation and upward propagating tides on time scales as short as 30 minutes.

Thermospheric composition O/N2 response to an altered meridional mean circulation during Sudden Stratospheric Warmings observed by GOLD

Graphic image of GOLD O/N2 ratios
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

GOLD measurements provide the first observational proof of model predictions that the break up of the stratospheric polar vortex changes the composition of the thermosphere.

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