Atmospheric & Geospace Sciences


Solar-Terrestrial Research in Polar Regions: Past, Present, and Future (2014)

Polar Report Final 

Research in the polar regions supports the high-latitude observations needed to understand fundamental aspects of coupling between the solar wind and Earth’s atmosphere, ionosphere, and magnetosphere (AIM). The vast geographical regions in both hemispheres provide access to a broad range of geophysical phenomena, spanning magnetic and geographic latitudes from the sub-auroral zone to the polar caps, and altitudes from the troposphere to near-Earth space. This report aims to bring together diverse, but ultimately related, scientific c communities to map out goals for the direction of AIM polar research in the next 5 to 10 years. Comprehensive reviews of current polar research frame prioritize in future science topics to be addressed, taking logistical concerns into consideration. This study is timely as recent National Academy reports identify key questions driving scientific c research in Antarctica, and underscore the need for development of a large-scale observing and modeling networks to expand scientific c understanding and ensure continued success of research in Antarctica. All figures in this report are in the public domain or undergoing copyright clearance.


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