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This is a generic mailing to the CEDAR community sent Apr 02, 2009. Meetings and jobs are listed at http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu under 'Community' as 'Calendar of Meetings' and 'CEDAR related opportunities'. CEDAR email messages are under 'Community' as 'CEDAR email Newsletters'. All are in 'Quick Links' on the main page.


(1) GPS TEC maps now available on CDAWeb From Dieter Bilitza (dieter.bilitza-1 at nasa.gov). See also http://cdaweb.gsfc.nasa.gov/sp_phys/ (select GPS and SUBMIT, on the Data.

(2) Basu Award nomination solicitation due 1 June. From: Jonathan Makela (jmakela at illinois.edu). Send nominations to leadership at agu.org by 1 June 2009.

(3) CIRES Positions at the Space Weather Prediction Center, Boulder, CO. From Janet Green (Janet.Green at noaa.gov). See also http://cires.colorado.edu/jobs/.

(4) Postdoc in stratospheric lidar at University of Western Ontario, Canada. From Robert J. Sica (sica at uwo.ca). See also http://www.candac.ca.

(5) 36th Annual European Meeting on Atmospheric Studies by Optical Methods (36AM) August 17 - 22, 2009, Kiev, Ukraine - abstracts due 15 April. From: Gennadi Milinevsky (genmilinevsky at gmail.com). See also http://antarctica.org.ua/36am/registration.html and see instructions for authors at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/authors/tresauth.asp.

(6) International Living with a Star 4-9 Oct, 2009, Ubatuba Beach, Brazil. From: Pedrina Dos Santos (pterra at naic.edu). See also http://www.dge.inpe.br/maghel/ilws.


(1) GPS TEC maps now available on CDAWeb


From: Dieter Bilitza (dieter.bilitza-1 at nasa,gov)>

Global images and movies of Total Electron Content (TEC) deduced from Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) data are now available on CDAWeb (http://cdaweb.gsfc.nasa.gov/sp_phys/) for display and downloads (images as GIF or postscript files, movies as Animated GIF files, digital data as CDF or ASCII files). The data set is produced and regularly updated by the International Global Navigation Satellite Systems Service (IGS) Ionosphere Working Group and is the official recognized IGS TEC data product.

The IGS maps are a weighted mean of maps produced at four GPS analysis centers: the Center for Orbit Determination in Europe (CODE) at the University of Berne, Switzerland, the European Space Operations Centre Ionosphere Monitoring Facility of the European Space Agency (ESA) in Darmstadt, Germany, the Ionospheric and Atmospheric Remote Sensing Group at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, USA, and the Research Group of Astronomy and Geomatics at the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) in Barcelona, Spain. The weighting scheme relies on weekly comparisons of the Slant TEC (STEC) for a small set of permanent IGS stations and on the results of external self-consistency validations. The TEC maps are routinely validated with TOPEX altimeter data since July 2001. In addition to the final IGS data product CDAWeb's holding also includes the original CODE, ESA, JPL, and UPC maps.

The fully analyzed 'Final' maps are provided with a latency of about 11 days. Since 2004 the Iono Group and the contributing analysis centers are also producing 'Rapid' maps with a latency of less than 24 hours. The main difference between the two products is the number of IGS ground receivers contributing data to the computation. At the time of the 'Rapid' processing a smaller number of stations is available resulting in a slight performance degradation (5-10%). Both data products are available on CDAWeb. Data are currently provided with a 2-hour time resolution. Transition to 1-hour time resolution is planned for the near future.

Pre-generated movies of the IGS Final TEC maps for the July 2000 Bastille Day storm and the 2003 Halloween storm are available at http://cdaweb.gsfc.nasa.gov/GPS/GPS_IGS_Halloween_movie.gif and http://cdaweb.gsfc.nasa.gov/GPS/GPS_IGS_Bastille_movie.gif (use your browser's RELOAD button to run the movie again).

Instructions for novice CDAWeb users: on the CDAWeb homepage (http://cdaweb.gsfc.nasa.gov/sp_phys/) select GPS and SUBMIT, on the Data Selector page SUBMIT again, on the Data Explorer page select time period, activity (plot, list, or download), and parameters and SUBMIT. Links related to this data set can be found at the bottom of the Data Explorer page including links to real-time TEC sites.


(2) Basu Award nomination solicitation due 1 June.


From: Jonathan Makela (jmakela at illinois.edu).

Call for Nominations for the 2009 Sunanda and Santimay Basu Award The Space Physics and Aeronomy (SPA) Section of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) is seeking nominations for the 2009 Sunanda and Santimay Basu Award. This award is presented annually to honor an individual young scientist from a developing nation for making outstanding contributions to research in Sun-Earth Systems Science that further the understanding of both plasma physical processes and their applications for the benefit of society. The award is open to scientists who received their Ph.D. degree after June 1, 2002 and who live and work in developing nations. Consideration is to be given to candidates who have overcome obstacles in attaining their research objectives.

The Space Physics and Aeronomy Section will invite the recipient to present a paper at AGU's Fall Meeting in San Francisco, California. Travel funds and living expenses will be provided to attend the meeting, where the recipient will also receive a certificate of appreciation and three years' membership to AGU. The award will be presented at the SPA dinner, for which the awardee will receive a complimentary ticket. The awardee will also be announced in Eos.

Nominations should be prepared by an AGU member or other geoscientist who is knowledgeable of the candidate's qualifications and include the following information: - nominator's name and title, address and contact numbers; - nominee's name and title, institutional affiliation, and address; - a statement (not to exceed 2 pages) of the action(s) or achievement(s) for which the candidate is nominated; - two letters of support from AGU members or from other recognized geoscientists belonging to institutions other than that of the nominee; - a curriculum vitae (not to exceed 3 pages).

The deadline for receipt of the nomination package is 1 June 2009.

Send nominations to: American Geophysical Union, Attn: Leadership, 2000 Florida Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20009 USA, Tel: +1-202-777-7502, E-mail: leadership@agu.org. You can also contact the Chair of the Sunanda and Santimay Basu Award Committee with questions: Professor Jonathan Makela (jmakela@illinois.edu)


(3) CIRES Positions at the Space Weather Prediction Center, Boulder, CO.


From Janet Green (Janet.Green at noaa.gov).

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) invites applications to fill up to two research associate positions to support space weather efforts at the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) in the area of Satellite Data Product Development. These positions will evaluate observational requirements, develop products and algorithms and establish calibration and validation schemes for the sensors flown on NOAA satellites. Possible NOAA satellite programs that may be involved include the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) and the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS). These satellite programs support space weather by carrying instruments to sense the local in situ environment (magnetometer and particle sensors) as well as the Sun (X-ray sensor, EUV sensor, and EUV imager).

For the complete job description and application process please see http://cires.colorado.edu/jobs/.


(4) Postdoc in stratospheric lidar at University of Western Ontario, Canada.


From Robert J. Sica (sica at uwo.ca).

We have an immediate opportunity for a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Western Ontario in London Ontario Canada working in the area of pyroconvection using PEARL measurements, particularly lidar measurements from the 4 lidar systems currently operating at the the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) at Eureka, Nunavut (80N, 86W). Further details on CANDAC and PEARL can be found at: http://www.candac.ca

In particular we would like to use PEARL measurements to determine possible effects of stratospheric smoke layers on temperature and ozone abundance. In addition, we are interested in using PEARL measurements to support the "Waves and Coupling" theme of the CANDAC program.

Applicants with a PhD in atmospheric physics or related areas are encouraged to apply. Preference will be give to candidates with experience using atmospheric lidar systems. Research experience in the area of pyroconvection or atmospheric waves will also be a plus. The position is available for up to 2 years, renewable after 1 year. Salary is dependent on experience.

Applicants should send a current curriculum vita including a list of publications, statement of research interest and the names of three references to Prof. R. J. Sica, Department of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada N6A 3K7 or mail electronically to sicaATuwoDOTca.


(5) 36th Annual European Meeting on Atmospheric Studies by Optical Methods (36AM) August 17 - 22, 2009, Kiev, Ukraine - abstracts due 15 April.


From: Gennadi Milinevsky (genmilinevsky at gmail.com).

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Invite you for registration and submissions one or more abstracts for presentation at the meeting.

Kindly inform your colleagues about this meeting, and please accept our apologies if you have received this information more than once!

Thanks for registration and abstract submission to scientists who already done that - sorry for cross-posting.

Additional information see at http://antarctica.org.ua/36am/welcome.html. With best wishes, on behalf of LOC

Gennadi

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36th Annual European Meeting on Atmospheric Studies by Optical Methods, August 17 - 22, 2009, Kiev, Ukraine. Organizers: National Taras Shevchenko University of Kiev and Main Astronomical Observatory. Venue: National Taras Shevchenko University of Kiev

Second Call for Registration and Submissions

http://antarctica.org.ua/36am/registration.html

You are invited to submit one or more abstracts for presentation at the meeting. All presentations will be ORAL unless you specifically request that your presentation be a POSTER. Only abstracts sent online will be accepted. Please register and follow instructions for abstract submission. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is April, 15 2009.

Registration fee is 150.00 Euros.

For participants from former USSR non-EU countries the Registration fee can be reduced by a decision of the Local Organizing Committee on the personal apply by e-mail. Registration fee includes conference materials, coffee breaks and icebreaker party.

Publications (proceedings)

The reports presented at the Conference will be published in the Special Issue of the International Journal of Remote Sensing in form of peer-review papers according the IGRS rules. Submission via special account that will be set at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tres soon. See instructions for authors at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/authors/tresauth.asp The submission deadline is October 15, 2009.

Abstract book will be published prior the Conference.


Preliminary Program

-Aerosols, Troposphere and Stratosphere -Mesosphere and Lower Thermosphere -Aurora: Dayside and Polar Cap Aurora -Noctilucent and Polar Mesospheric Clouds -Troposphere and Stratosphere, Tropopause -Aurora: Pulsating Aurora and Small Scale Features -Instrumentation and Techniques -Aurora: Artificial Aurora and Aurora Theory -UV, VIS and Ozone -Past, Present and Future � Facilities and Experiments -Mesopause Region -Aurora: Solar Proton Events

Remind you note that the dates of the 36AM are close to dates of the 11th General Assembly of the International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA) that to be held in Sopron Hungary from the 23rd to 30th of August 2009. Sopron (Hungary) is not too far away from Kyiv (Ukraine) and I hope it would be convenient for the potential participants of the 36AM to attend both meetings.


(6) International Living with a Star 4-9 Oct, 2009, Ubatuba Beach, Brazil. See also http://www.dge.inpe.br/maghel/ilws.


From: Pedrina Dos Santos (pterra at naic.edu).

The International Living with a Star 2009 will be held at Itamambuca Eco Resort at Ubatuba Beach, Brazil from October 4-9, 2009. The title is "The influence of solar variability on geophysical and heliospheric phenomena". Pre-registration and on-line abstract submissions will be available on 1 May at: http://www.dge.inpe.br/maghel/ilws.