Theory and Modeling
How does magnetic reconnection work?
What controls large-scale magnetospheric dynamics?
The BCSS will explore these questions using a multitude of ground-based optical and radar facilities (e.g., KHO,
SPEAR, SuperDARN and EISCAT) as well as space borne observations at ionospheric altitudes (ST 5, Dynamics Explorer and Iridium). We can separate spatial and temporal variations by monitoring the same volume of space using the ground-based instruments mentioned above, all of which will be running in special modes, to determine the line of sight flows, temperatures, plasma instabilities and small scale auroral features. The team has extensive experience with these instruments and techniques, thus ensuring the successful completion of the objective.