Department of Physics

Space Physics Images 2008-2009

Images from the Otago Space Physics Group, at Home and Overseas (2008-2009)

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Space Physics student Rory Gamble (Otago) and Dr James Brundell (UltraMSK) standing in front of the antenna of the "Scott Base" AARDDVARK receiver located at Arrival Heights, Ross Island, Antarctica. The receiver was first installed in late 2008, and James and Rory travelled south to get the data and undertake maintenance, with the support of Antarctica New Zealand [10 December 2009]. 

Dr Craig Rodger in the grounds of the Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory (located 120 km north of the Arctic Circle in Finland). It was late August, and about 10-20cm of snow on the ground. Craig was visiting SGO as part of an EU-funded science visit, and also to take part in a CHAMOS group planning workshop [18 October 2009].

Prof. Steve Cummer of Duke University (North Carolina, USA) at Milford Sound. Steve was visiting the Otago Space Physics group with his family as part of his sabbatical. During the weekends he sometimes travelled to see the sights, in this case Milford Sound, a fjord within Fiordland National Park. [October 2009].

Dr Craig Rodger on the edge of the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, USA. Craig was driving along the egde of the RMNP the day before the 2nd International High Energy Particle Precipitation in the Atmosphere (HEPPA) Workshop which was held in Boulder, Colorado in early October. [5 October 2009].

Space Physics Honours student Bonar Carson. As part of his 2009 project, Bonar analysed particle observations from the DEMETER spacecraft, looking for evidence of interactions between the radiation belt particles with ground-based VLF communications transmitters. An example of one of these interaction events is shown on the PC screen behind him [October 2009].

Dr Craig Rodger stands near the summit of Helvellyn, the 3rd highest mountain in England (950m above sea level). Craig walked to the top of this peak as part of a trip during the High Speed Solar Wind Streams - Geospace Interactions workshop at Ambleside, United Kingdom [12 September 2009].

Mr Rory Gamble, Dr Craig Rodger, Dr Mark Clilverd, and Assoc. Prof. Neil Thomson outside the central conference venue of the IAGA 11th Scientific Assembly in Sopron (Hungary) in late August 2009.Rory, Craig and Neil are all members of the Otago Space Physics group, while Mark is a close collaborator from the UK.

Dr Craig Rodger stands otside the Esterházy palace with Jessica and Ben Clilverd. Craig was visiting Hungary to attend the IAGA 11th Scientific Assembly in Sopron (Hungary) in late August 2009. [Fertod, Hungary, 29 August 2009]. (Photo courtesy of Mark Clilverd, British Antarctic Survey).

Dr Craig Rodger outside the Seattle Space Needle, in the US state of Washington. Craig was visiting the University of Washington as part of the first World Wide Lightning Location Network management meeting [Seattle, 19 July 2009].

Space Physics students Rory Gamble and Sarah Dietrich with Dr Craig Rodger at the conference dinner of the 2009 Annual Antarctic Conference of Antarctica New Zealand. The conference dinner took place inside Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World, one of the conference sponsors [Auckland, 2 July 2009].

Dr Craig Rodger standing in front of the entrance (Daichii Torii) of the Yasukuni Shrine, Tokyo, Japan. Craig Was visiting Tokyo as an invited speaker at an international session of the Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2009 [19 May 2009].

Mark Clilverd (British Antarctic Survey) working in a Dunedin garden during a brief summer visit to the University of Otago. Mark passed through New Zealand while heading to the Australian Antarctic Division base, Casey, to upgrade our AARDDVARK receiver located there [30 January 2009].

Dr Craig Rodger (Otago) and Dr James Brundell (UltraMSK) standing amongst the pressure ridges in the sea ice just beyond Scott Base, Ross Island, Antarctica. Scott Base and Crater Hill can be seen in the background. Craig and James were in Antarctica to install a new AARDDVARK receiver, with the support of Antarctica New Zealand [16 December 2008].

Team shot during a moonlit night hike in the hills around the village of Luosto in Lappish Finland. The team was meeting there for a CHAMOS group planning workshop. This image includes (left to right), Annika Seppälä (BAS), Erkki Kyrölä(FMI), Craig Rodger (Otago), Mark Clilverd (BAS), Sanna-Mari Salmi (FMI), and Pekka Verronen (FMI) [12 November 2008].

Dr. Craig Rodger visiting Hadrian's Wall, the Roman boarder marking the edge of Empire in the UK. Built around AD100, and originally consisting of a 2m high stone wall, plus milecastles, towers and about 15 major forts. Craig was in the north to give a seminar in Edinburgh and Lancaster, while in the UK during his sabbatical [8 October 2008].

Dr.'s Mark Clilverd, Annika Seppälä (both at the British Antarctic Survey), Craig Rodger (University of Otago), and Otago PhD student Rory Gamble during an excursion and reception on Hungary's Lake Balaton. They were visit Hungary for the 3rd VERSIM Workshop which took place in September 2008 in Tihany on the shores of the lake. The reception took place onboard the Steamboat Kelén, built in 1891 and the oldest vessel on the lake. [17 September 2008]. More photos from the workshop are online.

Dr. Craig Rodger (left) and Otago Space Physics PhD student Rory Gamble (right) flanking a statue of Isaac Newton in the chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge. Newton was a student and later a fellow of Trinity College. His entire life was spent at Trinity in the mid-late 1600's. Rory was in the UK to work with Craig for a few weeks, as Craig was on sabbatical there at the time [31 August 2008].

Dr. Craig Rodger standing in front of the Gemini 12 capsule which carried Jim Lovell and Buzz Aldrin into space in November 1966. The capsule was on display at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago (USA). Craig was visiting Chicago for the XXIX General Assembly of the International Union of Radio Science held in that city in August 2008 [15 August 2008].

Reflection of Otago Space Physics PhD student Rory Gamble in the "Cloud Gate" a very very shiny piece of public sculpture in in Millennium Park, Chicago. The curved reflective surface makes for some great images. Rory received an URSI Young Scientists Award to attend the XXIX General Assembly of the International Union of Radio Science held in Chicago [August 2008].

Associate Professor Neil Thomson standing by a termite mound in Western Australia near the town of Onslow. Neil was visiting this part of Australia to make measurements of the near-by powerful US Navy VLF transmitter with call sign NWC. These measurements were part of a set of observation campaigns Neil is conducting to better understand the lower ionosphere [June 2008].

Dr. Craig Rodger and ex-Otago PhD student Dr. Katharine Challis in Cambridge (UK). Craig was based in Cambridge for ~6 months as part of his sabbatical, visiting the British Antarctic Survey. Katharine was visiting Cambridge for the weekend, travelling from Denmark where she is a PostDoctoral researcher. Kings College Chapel is visible in the background [8 June 2008].

Dr. Craig Rodger giving a presentation at the 1st International HEPPA workshop, hosted by the Finnish Meteorological Institute in Helsinki, Finland. Craig was visiting FMI for a month as part of his sabbatical [late May 2008].

Dr. Andrew Kavanagh (Lancaster University) and Dr. Craig Rodger enjoying a cup of coffee midway through a skidoo trip to hills not far from Sodankylä. Andrew and Craig were visiting the Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory as part of the LAPBIAT2 programme of the European Union. This was a weekend away from work [27 April 2008].

Dr. Craig Rodger standing in front of the Space Shuttle Enterprise at the US National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, which is at Dulles International Airport, outside Washington DC [29 March 2008].

Dr. Annika Seppälä (Finnish Meteorological Institute) above Tunnel Beach along the Dunedin to Brighton coastal road. Annika was visiting the Space Physics Group in late December 2007 - early January 2008 through the support of the New Zealand International Science and Technology (ISAT) Linkages Fund.

Sally and Mark Clilverd (British Antarctic Survey) sitting on a boulder at Moeraki Beach during a visit to New Zealand in January 2008. Mark was visiting the Space Physics Group through the support of the New Zealand International Science and Technology (ISAT) Linkages Fund.


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