Thermosphere

The NASA Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) Mission

Variation of NmF2 log 10 [1/cm3] for different seasons
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The NASA Ionospheric Connection explorer (ICON) will study the coupling between the thermosphere and ionosphere at low- and mid-latitudes by measuring the key parameters.

Effects of Magnetospheric Lobe Cell Convection on Dayside Upper Thermospheric Winds at High Latitudes

Average ionospheric potential and DMSP F-16 ion drift observations
Tuesday, October 4, 2016

This paper investigates a possible physical mechanism of the observed dayside high-latitude upper thermospheric wind using numerical simulations from the coupled magnetosphere-ionosphere-thermosphere (CMIT) model.

Nicholas Pedatella, Distinguished Young Scientist

Nicholas Pedatella of the High Altitude Observatory is the recipient of the SCOSTEP Distinguished Young Scientist Award for 2016.

Joseph McInerney

Joe McInerney is an Associate Scientist in the High Altitude Observatory of NCAR specializing in the development of, and validation of simulations from, upper atmosphere and ionosphere physics and chemistry models.

Qian Wu

Dr. Qian Wu is a Project Scientist IV at the High Altitude Observatory at NCAR. He specializes in observations of mesospheric and thermospheric winds from balloon-borne, space-borne, and ground based Fabry-Perot interferometer (FPI) to study gravity waves and tides.

Michael Wiltberger

Dr. Wiltberger works as research Senior Scientist within the High Altitude Observatory whose main area of research is the modeling of the magnetosphere and its interaction with the solar wind and coupled thermosphere-ionosphere system.

Liying Qian

Dr. Liying Qian is a Project Scientist in the High Altitude Observatory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research. She studies space weather impact on the thermosphere and ionosphere.

Alan Burns

Dr. Alan Burns is a Project Scientist in the High Altitude Observatory at NCAR. He does research into the physics of the thermosphere and ionosphere with particular emphasis on neutral composition and geomagnetic storm effects. Dr.

Dependence of solar-wind/magnetosphere/ionosphere coupling on the geomagnetic dipole strength

The stand-off distance Rs image
Friday, November 2, 2012

The possible effects of geomagnetic-field changes over periods of millennia on solar wind/magnetosphere/ionosphere/thermosphere coupling was examined, by altering the strength of the geomagnetic dipole in the Coupled Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere (CMIT) model.

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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