Scott Base MF Radar
Description of Instrument/Model
These are the analyzed data on the neutral winds in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere during or including the LTCS-2 period, 5-10 December 1988. This condensed format is consistent with the analyzed data from other sites as well, and is prepared in order to facilitate research work. However, users need to inform the data suppliers that they are using the data in case of updates or changes, and to insure that the data are being used and interpreted properly.
The Scott Base MF radar (78 S, 167 E) in Antarctica is operated by the Physics Department of the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. It uses the partial-reflection, spaced antenna method (Fraser, 1984b) and has contributed to mean wind and tidal studies (Avery et al, 1989; Fraser 1984a, 1989; Fraser et al 1989; Manson et al., 1989, 1990, 1991). The mean solar local time (SLT) is about 11 hours and 8 minutes ahead of Universal Time (UT) (i.e., 167 E / 15 deg/hr = 11.13 hours = 11 hrs 8 min). The phases are in SLT.
S. K. Avery, R. A. Vincent, A. Phillips, A. H. Manson and G. J. Fraser, High latitude tidal behavior in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere, J. Atmos. Terr. Phys., 51, pp 595-608, 1989.
G. J. Fraser, Summer circulation in the Antarctic middle atmosphere, J.Atmos.Terr.Phys., 46, pp 143-146, 1984a.
G. J. Fraser, Partial-reflection spaced antenna wind measurements, Chapter 15 of Ground-based techniques, Handbook for middle atmosphere program, Vol 13, (Ed.) R. A. Vincent, ICSU Committee on Solar- Terrestrial Physics, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1984.
G. J. Fraser, Monthly mean winds in the mesosphere at 44S and 78S, Pure and Appl. Geophys, 130, pp 291-301, 1989.
G. J. Fraser and Usman Khan, Semi-diurnal variations in the time scale of irregularities near the Antarctic summer mesopause, Radio Science, 25, pp 997-1003, 1990.
G. J. Fraser, R. A. Vincent, A. H. Manson, C. E. Meek and R. R. Clark, Inter-annual variability of tides in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere, J. Atmos. Terr. Phys., 51, pp 555-568, 1989.
A. H. Manson, C. E. Meek, H. Teitelbaum, F. Vial, R. Schminder, D. Kurschner, M. J. Smith, G. J. Fraser, and R. R. Clark, Climatologies of semi-diurnal and diurnal tides in the middle atmosphere (70-110 km) at middle latitudes (40-50), J. Atmos. Terr. Phys., 51, pp 579-593, 1989.
A. H. Manson, C. E. Meek, R. Schminder, D. Kurschner, R. R. Clark, H. G. Muller, R. A. Vincent, A. Phillips, G. J. Fraser, W. Singer, and E. S. Kazimirovsky, Tidal winds from the MLT global radar network during the first LTCS campaign -- September 1987, J. Atmos. Terr. Phys., 52, pp 175-183, 1990.
A. H. Manson, C. E. Meek, S. K. Avery, G. J. Fraser, R. A. Vincent, A. Phillips, R. R. Clark, R. Schminder, D. Kurschner, and E. S. Kazimirovsky, Tidal winds from the mesosphere, lower thermosphere global radar network during the second LTCS campaign: December 1988, J. Geophys. Res., 96, pp 1117-1127, 1991.
Summary Plots for Scott Base MF Radar
-Revised 19 May 2000 by Barbara Emery