Deputy Science Leader, Atmospheric Scientist: VC
I am deputy science leader of the Atmosphere, Ice and Climate team and an atmospheric physicist. I work within the Climate Processes group (part of AIC). I have worked at BAS since 2006 and my main area of research is the study of atmospheric gravity waves as a dynamical vertical coupling mechanism in the polar regions. I am also interested in space weather effects on middle atmosphere circulation.
I am a Co-I on the NERC funded DRAGON-WEX grant (led by colleagues at Bath University) which will investigate the role of gravity waves around 60S in driving atmospheric circulation in this region (https://www.bas.ac.uk/project/dragon-wex/)
I am on the science committee for the ANtarctic Gravity Wave Instrument Network (ANGWIN) which is a SCAR action group looking to study gravity waves across Antarctica using international collaborations (https://www.bas.ac.uk/project/angwin/)
I am joint PI (with Prof. Taylor of Utah State University) of two all-sky airglow imagers currently located at Rothera.
I am PI for 2 airglow spectrometers and a ship-borne airglow imager system.
These instruments all observe airglow perturbations caused by gravity waves at around 90km altitude. I also use radiosonde data, gathered routinely by our meteorologists, to study gravity wave activity in the lower stratosphere.
I am also a joint PI for a meteor radar located at King Edward Point, South Georgia. This radar measures wind speeds in the middle atmosphere and can be used to study atmospheric tides and gravity waves.
2018 – current: Deputy Science Leader of AIC
2014 – current: Senior scientist (gravity wave physicist)
2006-2014: Higher scientist (gravity wave physicist)
2001-2005: PhD at University College London: Development and validation of the UCL Martian thermosphere-ionosphere general circulation model
1997-2001: MPhys Physics degree at Warwick University
Dynamical coupling in the middle atmosphere with a focus on gravity waves.
Space weather effects on the dynamics of the middle atmosphere.
Moffat-Griffin, T., A. D. Aylward, W. Nicholson (2007), Thermal structure and dynamics of the Martian upper atmosphere at solar minimum from global circulation model simulations, Annales Geophys., 25, 2147-2158
M. Lopez-Valverde, F. Gonzalez-Galindo, F. Lefevre, S. Lebonnois, T. Moffat, A. D Aylward, and S. Bougher, Inter-comparison of UV radiation models in the Upper Atmosphere of Mars, Conference proceedings, International Mars Atmosphere Workshop, Granada, January 2003
T. Moffat, Developing and Validating the UCL Martian Thermosphere/Ionosphere Global Circulation Model, PhD Thesis, University of London, March 2005
Martinis, C., Baumbardner, J., Mendillo, M., Taylor, M., Moffat-Griffin, T., Wroten, J., Sullivan, C., Macinnis, R., Alford, B., Nishimura, Y.. (2019) First ground-based conjugate observations of Stable Auroral Red (SAR) Arcs. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 124. 10.1029/2018JA026017
Moffat-Griffin, Tracy. (2019) An introduction to atmospheric gravity wave science in the polar regions and first results from ANGWIN.. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 124. 1198-1199. 10.1029/2019JD030247
Macotela, Edith L, Clilverd, Mark, Manninen, Jyrki, Moffat-Griffin, Tracy, Newnham, David A., Raita, Tero, Rodger, Craig J. (2019) D-region high latitude forcing factors. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 124. 765-781. 10.1029/2018JA026049
Jackson, D.R., Gadian, A., Hindley, N.P., Hoffmann, L., Hughes, J., King, J., Moffat-Griffin, T., Moss, A.C., Ross, A.N., Vosper, S.B., Wright, C.J., Mitchell, N.J.. (2018) The South Georgia Wave Experiment (SG-WEX) – a means for improved analysis of gravity waves and low-level wind impacts generated from mountainous islands. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 99. 1027-1040. 10.1175/BAMS-D-16-0151.1
Moffat-Griffin, Tracy, Wright, Corwin, Moss, Andrew, King, John, Colwell, Steve, Hughes, John, Mitchell, Nicholas. (2017) The South Georgia Wave Experiment (SG-WEX): Radiosonde observations of gravity waves in the lower stratosphere. Part 1: Energy density, momentum flux and wave propagation direction. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 143. 3279-3290. 10.1002/qj.3181
Moffat-Griffin, T., Colwell, S.R.. (2017) The characteristics of the lower stratospheric gravity wave field above Halley (75°S, 26°W), Antarctica, from radiosonde observations. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 122. 8998-9010. 10.1002/2017JD027079
Matsuda, Takashi S., Nakamura, Takuji, Ejiri, Mitsumu K, Tsutsumi, Masaki, Tomikawa, Yoshihiro, Taylor, Michael J., Zhao, Yucheng, Pautet, P.-Dominique, Murphy, Damian J., Moffat-Griffin, Tracy. (2017) Characteristics of mesospheric gravity waves over Antarctica observed by Antarctic Gravity Wave Instrument Network imagers using 3-D spectral analyses. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 122. 8969-8981. 10.1002/2016JD026217
Moffat-Griffin, Tracy, Taylor, Mike J., Nakamura, Takuji, Kavanagh, Andrew J., Hosking, J. Scott, Orr, Andrew. (2017) 3rd ANtarctic Gravity Wave Instrument Network (ANGWIN) science workshop. Advances in Atmospheric Sciences, 34. 1-3. doi:10.1007/s00376-016-6197-5
Newnham, D.A., Ford, G.P., Moffat-Griffin, T.A., Pumphrey, H.C.. (2016) Simulation study for measurement of horizontal wind profiles in the polar stratosphere and mesosphere using ground-based observations of ozone and carbon monoxide lines in the 230–250 GHz region. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 9. 3309-3323. 10.5194/amt-9-3309-2016
Moffat-Griffin, T., Jarvis, M.J., Colwell, S.R., Kavanagh, A.J., Manney, G.L., Daffer, W.H.. (2013) Seasonal variations in lower stratospheric gravity wave energy above the Falkland Islands. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 118. 10861-10869. 10.1002/jgrd.50859
Snively, J. B., Nielsen, K., Hickey, M. P., Heale, C. J., Taylor, M. J., Moffat-Griffin, T.. (2013) Numerical and statistical evidence for long-range ducted gravity wave propagation over Halley, Antarctica. Geophysical Research Letters, 40. 4813-4817. doi:10.1002/grl.50926
Moffat-Griffin, Tracy, Lester, Mark, Freeman, Mervyn. (2013) From atmosphere to space: a new scientific frontier. Astronomy & Geophysics, 54. 21-22. doi:10.1093/astrogeo/att079
Moffat-Griffin, Tracy, Hibbins, Robert E., Jarvis, Martin J., Colwell, Steve R.. (2011) Seasonal variations of gravity wave activity in the lower stratosphere over an Antarctic Peninsula station. Journal of Geophysical Research, 116. 10 pp. 10.1029/2010JD015349
Lam, Mai Mai, Horne, Richard B., Meredith, Nigel P., Glauert, Sarah A., Moffat-Griffin, Tracy, Green, Janet C.. (2010) Origin of energetic electron precipitation >30 keV into the atmosphere. Journal of Geophysical Research, 115. 15 pp. 10.1029/2009JA014619
Clilverd, Mark A., Rodger, Craig J., Moffat-Griffin, Tracy, Spanswick, Emma, Breen, Paul, Menk, Frederick W., Grew, Russell S., Hayashi, Kanji, Mann, Ian R.. (2010) Energetic outer radiation belt electron precipitation during recurrent solar activity. Journal of Geophysical Research, 115. 14 pp. 10.1029/2009JA015204
Moffat-Griffin, Tracy, Hibbins, Robert E., Jarvis, Martin. (2010) Calibrating an imaging riometer: determination of the true beam azimuth angle position. Radio Science, 45. 10 pp. 10.1029/2009RS004340
Moffat-Griffin, T., Hibbins, R.E., Nielsen, K., Jarvis, M.J., Taylor, M.J.. (2008) Observing mesospheric gravity waves with an imaging riometer.. Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, 70. 1327-1335. doi:10.1016/j.jastp.2008.04.009
Clilverd, M.A., Rodger, C.J., Brundell, J.B., Bahr, J., Cobbett, N., Moffat-griffin, T., Kavanagh, A.J., Seppala, A., Thomson, N.R., Friedel, R.H.W., Menk, F.W.. (2008) Energetic electron precipitation during substorm injection events: high-latitude fluxes and an unexpected midlatitude signature. Journal of Geophysical Research, 113. 12 pp. 10.1029/2008JA013220
Clilverd, Mark, Rodger, Craig, Moffat-Griffin, Tracy, Verronen, Pekka. (2007) Improved dynamic geomagnetic rigidity cutoff modeling: testing predictive accuracy. Journal of Geophysical Research, 112. 13 pp. doi:10.1029/2007JA012410