2013 Workshop:Summary

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Summary of the CEDAR 2013 Workshop

Millennium Hotel, Boulder, Colorado, June 22-28, 2013

by Barbara Emery, HAO/NCAR, (emery@ucar.edu)

The 28th CEDAR (Coupling, Energetics and Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions) Workshop was held in 2013 at the Millennium Hotel, Boulder, Colorado from Saturday June 22 through Friday June 28. The students were lodged in double rooms at hotel instead of in dorm rooms at the University of Colorado. Only the Monday banquet was held at the Stadium at the university, while the rest of the events were at the Millennium Hotel. The Workshop URL is located at http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu/wiki/index.php/2013_Workshop:Main where participants are encouraged to add content, especially to individual workshop pages.

The workshop started with a 2-day CEDAR-GEM (Geospace Environment Modeling) workshop for 244 attendees on the Saturday and Sunday between GEM at Snowmass, Colorado and CEDAR in Boulder. 51 came only for the weekend, while 193 CEDAR participants also attended the weekend. This special joint workshop was organized by Larry Lyons of the University of California at Los Angeles, who is a long-time attendee of both GEM and CEDAR. There was a separate agenda and separate participant list for this joint event, both of which are available on-line under 'Workshop Materials' at http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu/wiki/index.php/2013_Workshop:Main . Some of the .pdfs of the talks are linked to the agenda at http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu/wiki/index.php/2013_Workshop:CEDAR-GEM_Agenda . One of the outcomes of this joint workshop was the decision to revise "Bishop's Acronym Guide" of space science acronyms to be a wiki page at http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu/wiki/index.php/Community:Bishops_Acronym_Guide for anyone to edit who has a CEDAR webname. This invitation includes the GEM and SHINE (Solar, Heliospheric, and INterplanetary Environment) NSF communities. We hope to meet jointly with GEM on a regular basis, probably on the June weekend in-between the meetings when we are co-located. Another outcome is to invite GEM and CEDAR steering committee members to attend each others meetings, and to make a joint task force to improve communication between our two groups.

A total of 386 came to the regular CEDAR Workshop, including 160 students (129 supported plus 8 supported CEDAR Postdocs and others). The CEDAR participants came from 85 institutions, 26 outside the United States and Puerto Rico. There were 55 universities, 24 laboratories, and 6 small businesses. Of the 160 CEDAR students, 30 were undergraduate students, and 27 students came from 10 foreign universities and 3 foreign labs. A total of 101, including 75 students (47%), were first-time workshop participants.

The Sunday Student Workshop on Sunday on Modeling was run by Timothy Duly (University of Illinois), the most recent CEDAR student representative, with help from the second year student representative, Katelynn Greer (University of Colorado). Unlike GEM Student Workshops, the CEDAR Student workshops are also open to non-students. Thus, 18 GEM participants also signed up to attend, including the GEM representative from NSF, Raymond Walker, as well as most of the GEM students who came for the CEDAR-GEM weekend. Several others of the 245 GEM-CEDAR participants also went back and forth between the two meetings. Lunch was served to the students in the outdoor Pavilion at the Millennium Hotel, and the annual soccer game followed. The new CEDAR student representative joining Tim is Leda Sox from Utah State University.

The 24th CEDAR Prize Lecture was given in the Monday plenary session by Jorge (Koki) Chau, head of the Jicamarca Radio Observatory who left to work at the Leibniz Institute for Atmospheric Physics in Germany. His title was “150-km echoes and their relevance to Aeronomy”. Our third Distinguished Lecture was given on Thursday morning by Sunanda Basu from Boston College on "A Couple's Journey through Fifty Years of Ionospheric Space Weather Research", which was also a tribute to Santi Basu, her husband and colleague who died in April.

We also heard three tutorial talks on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. The Tuesday tutorial was mini-lectures by Phil Richards (George Mason University), Rodney Viereck (SWPC/NOAA), and Frank Eparvier (University of Colorado) on "EUV effects on the thermosphere and ionosphere: EUV-vs-F10.7 proxy models", followed by a panel discussion moderated by Tomoko Matsuo (CIRES/NOAA) who organized this special tutorial, which was well-received. The other two tutorials were "Ionospheric Imaging: From two-dimensional tomography to data assimilation" by Gary Bust of the Applied Physics Laboratory at the Johns Hopkins University, and "Atmospheric tides and their roles in vertical coupling" by Ruth Liebermann of GATS Inc. These and three Science Highlights by Delores Knipp (University of Colorado), Chuck Rino (BC), and Mark Conde (University of Alaska), were videotaped. The special 2-hour workshop on Tuesday morning entitled "50 years of Gravity Wave Research - a Tribute to Colin Hines", where Colin at age 85 joined us via audio and video from Toronto, Canada, was also videotaped. These 8 hours of plenary talks and the workshop are all available on 3 DVDs from Brian Day of Daylight Productions and Rentals (brian@daylightav.com) for $80, but are also at http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu/wiki/index.php/Workshop:CEDAR_Videos on-line as .mp4 files for the fourth year. The .pdf files (but not the .mp4 files) of the talks are also linked on the 2013 Agenda.

There were four special MREFC (Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction) plenary talks given by Jonathan Makela (University of Illinois), Chet Gardner (University of Illinois), Aaron Ridley (University of Michigan) and Eric Donovan (University of Calgary, Canada, and GEM chair) to present four instrument array construction ideas on Monday. On Friday, we had two special talks by Tom Immel (University of California at Berkeley) on ICON (Ionospheric CONnection explorer) and Richard Eastes (University of Central Florida) on GOLD (Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk), which are two recently accepted NASA missions relevant to our community. The reduced funding situation in the Heliophysics division at NASA is also relevant, so we had a special long-distance update from Elsayed Talaat on Monday, along with our usual updates from NSF on Monday and Wednesday. The NASA situation called forth several letters from the GEM and CEDAR communities to make our voices heard. There were three final CEDAR post-doc reports given by Marco Milla (the new head of Jicamarca Radio Observatory), Kim Nielsen (Utah Valley University), and Robert Marshall (Stanford University). Most plenary talks are available as .pdf files linked to the agenda.

Some workshop talks are linked to individual workshop pages, where workshop conveners and speakers are encouraged to add .pdf files their talks to the wiki to make the meeting archive more complete and useful. Apart from the weekend CEDAR-GEM joint workshop and the Sunday Student Workshop, there were 24 (8 less than 2012) individual workshops in 34 2-h time slots (3 less than 2012).

This is the first year we will archive .pdf files of posters also. There were 180 CEDAR posters (21 more than 2012) at two poster sessions from 4-7 PM on Tuesday and Wednesday, where the CEDAR posters were separated into 70 Mesosphere-Lower-Thermosphere (MLT) on Wednesday and 110 Ionosphere-Thermosphere (IT) posters on Tuesday. There were 127 CEDAR student presenters (20 more than last year), including 18 undergraduate first authors (7 more than 2012), where 110 posters were in the student poster competition, 21 more than last year. Prizes were a certificate, and text books for the first and second place winners. The judges picked first place winners Bharat Kunduri of Virginia Tech with IT-MDIT-10 and Zhibin Yu of the University of Colorado with MLT-MLTL-11. Bharat chose the book "Ionospheres: Physics, Plasma Physics, and Chemistry" courtesy of co-authors Bob Schunk and Andy Nagy, while Zhibin took an old copy of "Physics of the Aurora and Airglow" by Joseph W. Chamberlain (1961) courtesy of Kim Nielsen of Utah Valley University. Zhibin is the third student of Xinzhao Chu to win first place MLT poster prize. Chihoko Yamashita won first in 2011, while Cao Cai won first in 2012. http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu/wiki/index.php/2013_Workshop:Pictures links to a picture of Professor Chu and her three first place winner students.

Second place winners were Enrique Rojas of the Jicamarca Radio Observatory, Peru with IT-LTVI-04, and Burcu Kosar of Florida Institute of Technology with MLT-SPRT-03, who won second place in 2011. Enrique chose "Spectral Imaging of the Atmosphere" by Gordon Shepherd, courtesy of John Noto of Scientific Solutions. Burcu got a second-hand copy of the 1995 conference papers on "The Upper Mesosphere and Lower Thermosphere: A Review of Experiment and Theory" courtesy of Kim Nielsen of Utah Valley University. IT Honorable Mentions were Kshitija Deshpande (IRRI-05, VT) and Nithin Sivadas (MITC-02, Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India). MLT Honorable Mentions were Thomas Stephen Ehrmann (MLTT-01, ERAU) and Vu Nguyen (MLTT-07, U CO), who was an honorable mention last year also. Thanks to the chief judges, Tom Immel (UCB) and Qian Wu (HAO/NCAR), thanks to all their judges who spent so much of their time judging the posters, and thanks to all the students who participated in the student poster competition. These results are also located at http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu/wiki/images/b/be/Cedar_2013_Poster_Prize_Winners.pdf and pictures of the winners are at http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu/wiki/index.php/2013_Workshop:Pictures

For 2014 and 2015, the CEDAR Workshop will be held the third full week of June in Seattle at the University of Washington courtesy of host John Sahr. In 2014, the dates are from Sunday June 22 for the Student Workshop to Thursday June 26 ~6PM. The loss of the half day on Friday is an attempt to reduce the length of the meeting and encourage fewer workshops, where some workshops with similar themes are combined. For 2015, the dates will probably be Monday June 22 to Saturday June 27, where Saturday will probably be a joint GEM-CEDAR workshop. We hope GEM will meet in Seattle from Saturday June 27 through Friday July 3 since the week of June 14-19 is not available. For 2016 and beyond, we solicit bids from university locations in the CEDAR and GEM communities for meeting locales that meet the requirements set out at http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu/wiki/index.php/Workshop:Workshop_Requirements . Possibly, CEDAR and GEM will co-locate for the second, third, or fourth full weeks of June, where the groups interchange these weeks so the intervening weekend for joint interactions falls sometimes at the beginning, or at the end of each meeting.