Space and Upper Atmosphere Physics, Institute for Physical Science and Technology, University of Maryland
Data Center Description
The Space and Upper Atmosphere Physics Group (UAP) within the Institute for Physical Science and Technology at the University of Maryland conduct projects in a group to 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, radio wave 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 broad beam Rio meters at many locations worldwide. We also operate the data acquisition system at South Pole Station and McMurdo Station, Antarctica that collects VLF, magnetometer, search coil, photometer and Rio meter data.