Measuring And Tracking Atmospheric Disturbances Using Observations and Ray-Tracing (MATADOR)

Project: Research council

Project Details


Gravity waves (GWs) are atmospheric waves generated by wind flow over mountains and by meteorological sources ncluding weather systems and convection. They transport energy and momentum globally. They can also couple nto the electrically-charged ionosphere, where they generate travelling ionospheric disturbances (TIDs) which disrupt radio communication and navigation systems1. Understanding how GWs travel through the neutral atmosphere and couple into the ionosphere is thus vital for numerical weather prediction, climate modelling, and space weather forecasting. Designed as a 4-year project, MATADOR will use my new GW observational techniques to investigate two key research questions:

A Where are the sources and sinks of atmospheric waves?
B How do waves couple the neutral and ionised atmosphere?
Effective start/end date1/12/1730/09/25


  • The Royal Society

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


Explore the research topics touched on by this project. These labels are generated based on the underlying awards/grants. Together they form a unique fingerprint.