Exploration of the Polar Upper Atmosphere

Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Study Institute held at Lillehammer, Norway, May 5–16, 1980

  • Charles S. Deehr
  • Jan A. Holtet

Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (ASIC, volume 64)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. The Neutral Polar Atmosphere Above the Tropopause

  3. The Polar Ionosphere

  4. Optical Remote Sensing of the Polar Atmosphere and Ionosphere

  5. Solar-Magnetosphere-Polar Atmosphere Interactions

  6. Electric Fields and Currents at High Latitudes

    1. T. Stockflet Jøgensen
      Pages 267-280
    2. P. M. Banks, J.-P. St. Maurice, R. A. Heelis, W. B. Hanson
      Pages 281-291
    3. Iver B. Iversen
      Pages 305-314
    4. E. Friis-Christensen
      Pages 315-328
  7. Waves and Particles in the Polar Regions

  8. Historical Exploration of the Polar Upper Atmosphere

    1. S. M. Silverman, J. Feynman
      Pages 407-420
    2. Asgeir Brekke, Alv Egeland
      Pages 431-442
  9. Applications of Polar Upper Atmosphere Research

  10. Back Matter
    Pages 495-498

About these proceedings


This book is an ordered collection of tutorial lectures on the physical processes in the polar upper atmosphere given at the NATO Advanced Study Institute (ASI) on "The Exploration of the Polar Upper Atmosphere" held at Lillehammer, Norway, May 5-16, 1980. The polar cap is an important part of the high latitude atmosphere not only because of circulation and horizontal trans­ port in the neutral atmosphere and convection in the ionosphere, but also because of its unique energy sources and sinks. In addition, solar wind plasma is led into-the upper atmosphere by the geomagnetic field at the poles, and the polar cap is, as stated by Tutorial Leader Roederer in this volume, "the place where outer space meets earth". The atmosphere at lower latitudes is well-known to the ground-based observer, and the advent of satellite observations was simply the beginning of a new perspective. The exploration of the atmosphere at polar latitudes, however, proceeded in quite the opposite manner, and satellite maps of the polar caps may be compared with a relatively meagre set of ground-based data. Recent efforts to extend the polar observations from the ground have resulted in the need for a review of the physical principles and processes occurring in the polar upper atmosphere. The interdisciplinary nature of these efforts led to the emphasis here on a tutorial program.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Charles S. Deehr
    • 1
  • Jan A. Holtet
    • 2
  1. 1.Geophysical InstituteUniversity of AlaskaFairbanksUSA
  2. 2.Institute of PhysicsUniversity of OsloOslo 3Norway

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-8419-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-8417-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1389-2185
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