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Boston College is an active partner in the construction and operation of the Low-Latitude Ionospheric Sensor Network (LISN), an international project to monitor the low, middle and high atmosphere in the equatorial region of South America. LISN is a permanent Distributed Observatory of new geophysical instruments in South America near the Magnetic Equator and 70 degrees West Longitude.

LISN will acquire and process data through an assimilative physics-based model that will produce accurate estimates of ionospheric electron density distributions, conductivities, ExB plasma drifts, and neutral winds in near real time.

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An observatory model capable of estimating plasma densities, ion drifts and neutral winds over a large geographic area present a logistical challenge. However, realizing anticipated advances in equatorial Aeronomy, development and testing of forecasting capability of ESF regionally, and prototyping distributed low-latitude observatories create opportunities to establish sites around the globe.

Point of Contact for this project is Cesar Valladares.