BAS UASD WAVE Programme, main features
WAVE Programme, Main features

  • Exploits the advantages of Antarctica as an experimental platform for wave studies:

    • It spans a wide range of geophysical regions (inner magnetosphere - polar cap).
    • The very levels of low artificial electromagnetic noise permit sensitive measurements.
    • There are also low natural noise levels (no local thunderstorms).
    • A high whistler activity in British Antarctic Territory, due to conjugate thunderstorm activity and preferential amplification/ precipitation (because of the proximity in longitude of the South Atlantic Geomagnetic Anomaly).
    • There is a large offset between geographic and geomagnetic latitude: giving extreme conditions for comparison with models.
    • The conjugacy with north east USA (high electrical power use) is advantageous for PLHR studies).

  • Uses ground data (from manned observatories and from AGOs) and satellite data; BAS has long and continuous data sets.
  • Relevant staff research expertise and good experimental and theoretical facilities.
  • Network of international and national collaborations
  • Participation in international research programmes (e.g. ISTP , GGS , Ørsted)

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