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Current Research Activities

Research at the Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory includes the following on-going projects and international activities.

KAIRA The Kilpisjärvi Atmospheric Imaging Receiver Array will be deployed in summer 2011. It is a broad-band VHF radio receiver, which can be used for atmospheric studies using transmissions from a range of radars in the vicinity as well as for radio astronomy within the LOFAR project.
SLICE The Sodankylä-Leicester Ionospheric Coupling Experiment (SLICE) is essentially a meteor radar deployed by the University of Leicester, UK, at Sodankylä and operated by the Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory.
NICE Negative Ion Chemistry Effects in mesospheric active heating experiments (NICE) is a project to quantify the role of the negative ion chemistry in the high-latitude mesosphere by combining optimised RF heating experiments in the ionospheric D region with detailed, coupled modelling of the ion-neutral chemistry.
CHAMOS Chemical Aeronomy in the Mesosphere and Ozone in the Stratosphere (CHAMOS) originated from the development of the Sodankylä ion-neutral chemistry model (SIC) at SGO, aims to study the effect of energetic particle precipitation (e.g. aurora) on the ozone budget of the mesosphere and stratosphere.
SIC Sodankylä Ion-neutral Chemistry model (SIC); detailed computer model of the chemistry of the ionospheric D and E regions (50-120 km) developed at SGO.
THERMES Thermosphere and Mesosphere affecting the Stratosphere (THERMES) is a project for estimating cosequences of solar forcing on the mesosphere/lower thermosphere and their impacts on the stratosphere.

Besides the on-going projects listed above, the main research areas of SGO are:

General aeronomy and atmospheric chemistry
Incoherent scatter radar measurements and analysis
Development of radar and measurement theory
Applications of tomographic methods in ionospheric research
VLF measurements and analysis
Artificial effects in near-Earth space
Ionospheric heating experiments using the EISCAT Heating facility

SGO is part of the Center of Excellence in Inverse Problems.

We invite interested students to do their Master's Thesis at the Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory. Get in touch for more information!

Last modified: 06 April 2011, 08:29:40.