UARS Lab


The Upper Atmosphere Remote Sensing Lab is part of the William B. Hanson Center for Space Sciences (CSS) of the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas). The laboratory is a new research initiative lead by Dr. Fabiano Rodrigues, who joined the CSS and the Dept of Physics at UTD as an Assistant Professor during the summer of 2012. Current research topics of interest to the lab:
  • Ionospheric variability and electrodynamics
  • Ionospheric irregularities
  • Development and improvement of techniques for remote sensing of the upper atmosphere
  • Effects of the upper atmosphere on technological systems such as GPS
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Members of the lab are involved with the design of experiments, processing/analysis of measurements, and interpretation of different types of observations made by ground-based and space-based instrumentation for remote sensing of the upper atmosphere. Our observations and analyses are used for a better understanding and specification of the dynamics of the upper atmosphere, particularly, the ionosphere. We are also interested in numerical simulations of the thermosphere/ionosphere. These simulations can help us better understand some of our observations and physical processes taking place in the upper atmosphere.


The research conducted in the lab is collaborative, and uses instrumentation and observations made at major national and international research facilities such as the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, the Jicamarca Radio Observatory in Peru, and the Sao Luis Observatory in Brazil. The lab is also involved in the deployment and operation of instrumentation and new observational facilities.