We provide here an overview of, and a summary of results arising from, an extensive experimental campaign (the Spread F Experiment, or SpreadFEx) performed from September to November 2005, with primary measurements in Brazil. The motivation was to define the potential role of neutral atmosphere dynamics, specifically gravity wave motions propagating upward from the lower atmosphere, in seeding Rayleigh-Taylor instability (RTI) and plasma bubbles extending to higher altitudes. Campaign measurements focused on the Brazilian sector and included ground-based optical, radar, digisonde, and GPS measurements at a number of fixed and temporary sites. Related data on convection and plasma bubble structures were also collected by GOES 12, and the GUVI instrument aboard the TIMED satellite.
Overview and Summary of the Spread F Experiment (SpreadFex)Annales Geophysicae
PublisherEuropean Geosciences Union
Citation InformationFritts, D. C., M. A. Abdu, B. R. Batista, I. S. Batista, P. P. Batista, R. Buriti, B. R. Clemesha, J. Comberiate, T. Dautermann, E. de Paula, B. J. Fechine, B. G. Fejer, D. Gobbi, J. Haase, F. Kalamabadi, B. Laughman, P. P. Lima, H.-L. Liu, A. Medeiros, D. Pautet, F. Saõ Sabbas, J. H. A. Sobral, P. Stamus, H. Takahashi, M. J. Taylor, S. L. Vadas, and C. Wrasse, Overview and summary of the spread F experiment (SpreadFex), Ann. Geophys., 27, 2141-2155, 2009.