Thermosphere

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.

Deepak Karan

Deepak Karan is a visiting postdoc at HAO/NCAR. He pursued his Ph.D. work at Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, India and received a degree in Physics from Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, India.

Medium-scale thermosphere perturbations in the bottomside F region in tropical regions

Graphic image of global distribution of gravity wave activity
Saturday, July 1, 2017

Thermospheric gravity waves in the bottomside F region have been proposed to play a key role in the generation of equatorial plasma bubbles (EPB). However, direct observations of such waves have been lacking.

Medium-scale thermosphere perturbations in the bottomside F region in tropical regions

Graphic image of global distribution of gravity wave activity
Saturday, July 1, 2017

Thermospheric gravity waves in the bottomside F region have been proposed to play a key role in the generation of equatorial plasma bubbles (EPB). However, direct observations of such waves have been lacking.

Preliminary Evidence of Madden-Julian Oscillation Effects on Ultra-Fast Tropical Waves in the Thermosphere

Graphic image of altitude (50-260 km) versus MJO phase depiction
Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Over the past two decades mounting evidence demonstrated that terrestrial weather significantly influences the dynamics and mean state of the thermosphere.

Xuguang Cai

Xugang Cai is a postdoctoral fellow II in the High Altitude Observatory at NCAR. He is working on the investigation of the thermosphere and ionosphere by GOLD satellite and numerical models (TIEGCM).

Kevin Pham

Dr. Kevin Pham is a Project Scientist in the High Altitude Observatory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research specializing in the magnetosphere and radiation belt precipitation.

Storm-time Thermosphere Over Cooling: Impacts of Nitric Oxide, Solar EUV and Particle Precipitation

GOCE neutral density on dusk side
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Some recent studies have revealed that the post-storm thermospheric mass density sometime drops below its pre-storm value. This phenomenon has been attributed to the over-cooling effect caused by enhanced infrared emissions from nitric oxide.

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