Space & Upper Atmospheric Physics



    Welcome! We are a research group within the Institute for Physical Science and Technology at the University of Maryland. The projects that our group is involved with examine natural phenomena occurring in the Earth's atmosphere, ionosphere, and magnetosphere. The broad focus of this research is directed toward improved understanding of the mechanisms which couple solar processes into the terrestrial environment. These include investigations of phenomena associated with short term environmental effects (auroras, induced electrical currents, radiowave communications interference, space weather), as well as those associated with longer term effects (changes in the ozone layer, atmospheric composition studies, stratospheric winds, weather, climate). The Upper Atmospheric Physics group operates or co-operates both imaging and broadbeam riometers at many locations worldwide. We also operate the data acquisition system at both South Pole Station and McMurdo Station, Antarctica, that collects VLF, magnetometer, search coil, photometer and riometer data.

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For further information please contact: Al Weatherwax
Institute for Physical Science and Technology
University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-2431
Voice: (301) 405-4895 - Fax: (301) 314-9363