Wave-induced Atmospheric Variability Enterprise

NASA DRIVE Science Center

Next generation space weather prediction

The Wave-induced Atmospheric Variability Enterprise, a NASA DRIVE Science Center, researches wave-induced spatial and temporal variability of the mesosphere, thermosphere and ionosphere (MTI) which can dramatically affect the world’s communication, navigation and surveillance systems. Yet MTI variability is poorly represented in current space weather and climate models.

WAVE is developing powerful new paradigms for modeling how waves from below impact the MTI. WAVE innovations will usher in the next generation of MTI weather and climate prediction capabilities. Our current research is focused on better understanding the distribution and propagation of waves in the atmosphere and their effects on the thermosphere and ionosphere.

WAVE is a collaborative, interdisciplinary program led out of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado Boulder. Learn more about our WAVE team.

DRIVE Science Centers are part of an integrated multi-agency initiative from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and are a high-priority recommendation of the 2013 Committee on a Decadal Strategy for Solar and Space Physics.

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