Polar Aeronomy and Radio Science (PARS) Summer School 2003

Project: Research project

Project Details


For the next three years, the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska Fairbanks will host a summer school program in polar aeronomy and radio science. It will be held during a two-week period, usually in late July and early August. The school will follow the format that has been established over the last three years. The two weeks will be spent in a series of lectures, field trips, and experiments, at the space physics research facilities located around interior Alaska. The school has started out each year with a week in the Fairbanks area with lectures at the Geophysical Institute, and tours of the Geophysical Institute, the Poker Flat Research Range, and a nearby ionospheric heating facility. Student experiments scheduled for the facilities in the Fairbanks area have been carried out during the first week of the school. For the second week of the school, the group has relocated to the High-Frequency Active Auroral Radar Project (HAARP) Ionospheric Observatory at Gakona, Alaska, for additional tours and experiments. The motivation for this summer school is to provide an opportunity for students to study the upper atmosphere and ionosphere at polar latitudes with practical experience built into the learning process. There is a need for more trained scientists and engineers with knowledge of the special effects that occur in the ionosphere at high latitudes. The summer school is provided to attract students with exceptional talent to become more familiar with this exciting area of study.

Effective start/end date8/15/037/31/06


  • National Science Foundation: $95,620.00


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