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Royal Observatory of Belgium - Meridian Room

RESOURCE: An international initiative for atmospheric research at the poles


  • Dr. Lucilla ALFONSI

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While the users of radio devices often consider the atmospheric contribution to their radio measurements to be a source of error that needs to be corrected, deleted, or mitigated, atmospheric scientists who rely on radio techniques have a common interest: to isolate the atmospheric contribution and use it in the study of the near-earth space environment. Currently, several instruments working on radio frequencies are extensively used to probe the atmosphere. These instruments include VLF, VHF, UHF, and HF radars, GNSS receivers, radio beacons, and microwave humidity sounders on satellites. Used independently and in combination, these devices have contributed significantly to the advancement of the knowledge of the atmosphere physics. However, several questions remain open and need to be addressed with a synergistic approach requiring the involvement of various research groups in the field. To move in this direction, a task force of radio scientists, formed within the Scientific Committee of Antarctic Research (SCAR) Expert Group GRAPE (GNSS Research and Application for Polar Environment), has proposed a new international initiative: RESOURCE (Radio Sciences Research on AntarctiC AtmospherE).