A new design of utilizing radar measurements to study flow channels

Katie Herlingshaw is a PhD candidate in upper-atmospheric physics at UNIS, Svalbard, that study the flows of charged particles and plasma in the upper atmosphere.

To examine how plasma moves in the atmosphere, Katie combines measurements from the EISCAT Svalbard radar with data from the newly built SuperDARN radar. This yields a small scale, local picture on how flow channels of fast plasma move in the atmosphere, which is usually not accounted for in global models.

By running the radars in synchronized patterns and having them study the flow channels simultaneously, Katie is able to study the flow structures in more details than ever seen before.

Click here to see a short video of Katie describing her research.