Surfing Atmospheric Waves and Assessing Their Impact on Space Weather

This presentation introduces the audience to the Earth’s outer atmosphere and the major drivers of space weather therein. These drivers include processes that originate on the Sun along with global-scale waves that originate in the Earth’s lower atmosphere.

Our January event will be moving from The Little America Hotel to the Radisson Hotel in Downtown Salt Lake City.


See the presentation live at the Radisson Hotel in Downtown Salt Lake City on Thursday, January 23 from 7:30-9 a.m.

About the Presenter

Maura Hagan is the Dean of the College of Science and Professor of Physics at Utah State University (USU), and Senior Scientist Emerita at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Her research interests are focused on the physics of the atmosphere and ionosphere, particularly dynamical coupling between atmospheric regions, including the downward penetration of space weather events, and the effects of upward propagating meteorological disturbances on the near geospace environment.

Hagan earned her doctoral degree in physics at Boston College in 1987, and worked as a research staff member at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Haystack Observatory prior to joining NCAR in 1992. Hagan was promoted to NCAR Senior Scientist in 2003 and served in several NCAR leadership roles before assuming her current position at USU in 2015. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of both the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society.

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