Community:Email 03may10

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This is a generic mailing to the CEDAR community sent May 3, 2010. 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) Few more scholarships available for Ph.D in Engineering Physics in Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. From Katariina Nykyri (nykyrik@erau.edu).

(2)4-9 Oct 2010, School and Workshop on the Dynamics and Chemistry of the Upper Atmosphere at the Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute, Argentina. Student applications due 14 May. From Diego Janches (diego@cora.nwra.com). See also http://www.acd.ucar.edu/pasi.

(3) Call for Participation in CEDAR ETI Challenge, model submissions due 1 June, discussion at 2010 CEDAR Workshop June 25 in Boulder, CO. From Masha Kuznetsova (Maria.M.Kuznetsova@nasa.gov). See also http://ccmc.gsfc.nasa.gov/support/CETI2010/.


(1) Few more scholarships available for Ph.D in Engineering Physics in Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.


From Katariina Nykyri (nykyrik@erau.edu).

We still have couple of scholarships available for students with M.S degree in physics, engineering physics, space physics or related fields to start our Ph.D program in Fall 2010.

The scholarship covers a full tuition and 20,000 USD annual stipend. The first year consists of taking the core courses after which students will find an advisor to do their thesis research with.

Please see formal program requirements and more information at: http://www.erau.edu/db/degrees/phd-engineeringphysics.html

Please send your application package and/or contact Dr. John Olivero (oliveroj@erau.edu) or Dr. Mahmut Reyhanoglu (reyhanom@erau.edu) for more details.


(2)4-9 Oct 2010, School and Workshop on the Dynamics and Chemistry of the Upper Atmosphere at the Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute, Argentina. Student applications due 14 May.


From Diego Janches (diego@cora.nwra.com).

This is a reminder that the deadline for student applications to the Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute: School and Workshop on the Dynamics and Chemistry of the Upper Atmosphere is approaching (May 14th). The school will held in Argentina in October 4-9, 2010.

For more information and application instructions please visit http://www.acd.ucar.edu/pasi

Diego Janches (diego@cora.nwra.com), Rolando Garcia (rgarcia@ucar.edu) and Claudio Brunini (claudiobrunini@yahoo.com)


(3) Call for Participation in CEDAR ETI Challenge, model submissions due 1 June, discussion at 2010 CEDAR Workshop June 25 in Boulder, CO.


From Masha Kuznetsova (Maria.M.Kuznetsova@nasa.gov).

The CEDAR Electrodynamics Thermosphere Ionosphere (ETI) Challenge was initiated at the 2009 CEDAR workshop. The goal of the CEDAR Challenge is to help to evaluate the current state of the ionosphere/thermosphere models, to track model improvements over time, and to facilitate interaction between research and operation communities in developing metrics for space weather model evaluations. The Community Coordinated Modeling Center (CCMC) at the Goddard Space Flight Center is supporting the activity. The time intervals, physical parameters, and observational data for the Challenge selected at the first CETI Workshop are available at the 2009 CEDAR Workshop webpage (http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu/wiki/index.php/2009_Workshop:CEDAR_ETI_Challenge), described in the 2010 CETI Workshop at the 2010 CEDAR Workshop (http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu/wiki/index.php/2010_Workshop:CEDAR_ETI_Challenge), and at the CCMC web site (http://ccmc.gsfc.nasa.gov/support/CETI2010), as well as listed below.

The CCMC will keep track of both the data and model results. The model output archive, on-line visualization tool for timeline comparisons, and configurable table of metrics results will be available at the CCMC Challenge Web site.

The 2010 CETI Challenge consists of timelines only of 1-dimensional data sets along satellite paths or above ground-based locations as listed below:

  1. (Electrodynamic) Vertical and horizontal drifts at Jicamarca (Viz/VperpN and VperpE)
  2. (Thermosphere) Neutral density at 400 km altitude from CHAMP (Nden400)
  3. (Ionosphere) Electron density at CHAMP orbit (Eden)
  4. (Ionosphere) NmF2 from LEO satellites (CHAMP and COSMIC) and ISRs
  5. (ionosphere) HmF2 from LEO satellites (CHAMP and COSMIC) and ISRs

These parameters will be investigated using metrics for the following 9 intervals, 3 from the GEM storms, and 6 from the 13-month climatological CEDAR study from March 2007 to March 2008. There are a total of 14 days and 14 hours in the 9 intervals listed below where the UTs refer to the first and second daynumbers listed:

  1. E.2001.243 (GEM storm) 24 hr 2001/08/31 01243-01243 (0-24 UT)
  2. E.2005.243 (GEM storm) 26 hr 2005/08/31 05243-05244 (10-12 UT)
  3. E.2006.348 (GEM storm) 36 hr 2006/12/14 06348-06349 (12-24 UT)
  4. E.2007.079 (quiet) 48 hr 2007/03/20 07079-07080 (0-24 UT)
  5. E.2007.091 (moderate) 36 hr 2007/04/01 07091-07092 (0-12 UT)
  6. E.2007.142 (moderate) 60 hr 2007/05/22 07122-07144 (12-24 UT)
  7. E.2007.190 (quiet) 24 hr 2007/07/09 07190-07190 (0-24 UT)
  8. E.2007.341 (quiet) 48 hr 2007/12/07 07341-07342 (0-24 UT)
  9. E.2008.059 (moderate) 48 hr 2008/02/28 08059-08061 (12-12 UT)

The outcome of the preliminary round of model output comparisons will be discussed at the CEDAR 2010 Workshop in Boulder Colorado on Friday, June 25, 10:30 - 12:30. Using the experience of this preliminary metrics study we will discuss what modifications to the challenge procedure should be made and whether we should modify the list of events and physical parameters selected for comparison. Specifically, we hope to expand to climatological studies of data from March 2007 to March 2008 and to compare with 2- and 3-dimensional data sets. Examples could be the 2-dimensional data set of 1 degree longitude by 1 degree latitude vertical TEC estimated every minute from ~1000 GPS satellites available through the madrigal Database at http://madrigal.haystack.mit.edu/madrigal or using s/w from Bill Rideout (brideout@haystack.mit.edu). A further challenge would be to utilize 3-dimensional vertical electron density profiles from Abel inversions from the COSMIC satellites on a sparse global grid.

Further details of the Challenge and instructions on how to participate can be found at the CCMC web site: http://ccmc.gsfc.nasa.gov/support/CETI2010/

To participate in this fist round of the Challenge, please submit your model results using the CCMC on-line submission interface prior to June 1st, 2010.

Please send questions and comments to

Masha Kuznetsova (Maria.M.Kuznetsova@nasa.gov)

Barbara Emery (emery@ucar.edu)

JaSoon Shim (jasoon.shim@nasa.gov)