Whitepaper #177 in the Decadal Survey for Solar and Space Physics (Heliophysics) 2024-2033. Main topics: basic research; infrastructure/workforce/other programmatic. Additional topics: ground-based missions/projects; system science; research tools and infrastructure.
The heating caused by ionospheric E-region plasma turbulence has documented global implications for the energy transfer from space into the terrestrial atmosphere. It is proposed to enhance and expand existing ionospheric radar capabilities and fund research into investigating the effects of E-region plasma turbulence on the terrestrial magnetosphere, ionosphere, and neutral atmosphere.