Whitepaper #259 in the Decadal Survey for Solar and Space Physics (Heliophysics) 2024-2033. Main topics: basic research; infrastructure/workforce/other programmatic. Additional topics: research tools and infrastructure; planetary ionospheres / upper atmospheres; […]
A notional deployment of a heterogeneous network of ground-based instrumentation is proposed. The scientific rationale for the deployment is to gain a comprehensive suite of measurements pertinent to improving our understanding of the longitudinal variability in the equatorial and low-latitude ionosphere/thermosphere system and the irregularities that can exist, therein.