Community:Email 04mar11

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This is a generic mailing to the CEDAR community sent 04 Mar 2011. 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) 38th Annual European Meeting on Atmospheric Studies by Optical Methods, Siuntio, Finland, 22-26 August, abstracts due 15 May. From Noora Partamies <Noora.Partamies at fmi.fi> and Carl-Fredrik Enell <carl-fredrik.enell at sgo.fi>. See also http://www.sgo.fi/38AM/

(2) August 8-12, 2011, AOGS (Asia Oceania Geosciences Society), Taipei - Abstracts due by March 15 via the MARS (Management and Review of Submissions) system at http://www.asiaoceania.org/aogs2011/.

  • ST01: “Variability in the ionosphere and thermosphere”

From Yonglian Zhang <Yongliang.Zhang at jhuapl.edu>.

(3) Final call for participation in the first round of the CEDAR ETI Challenge - due 31 March. From Ja Soon Shim (jasoon.shim at nasa.gov). See also http://ccmc.gsfc.nasa.gov/support/CETI2010/.


(1) 38th Annual European Meeting on Atmospheric Studies by Optical Methods, Siuntio, Finland, 22-26 August, abstracts due 15 May.


From Noora Partamies <Noora.Partamies at fmi.fi> and Carl-Fredrik Enell <carl-fredrik.enell at sgo.fi>.

We have now opened the registration and the abstract submission for the 38th Annual European Meeting on Atmospheric Studies by Optical Methods, to be held in Siuntio in southern Finland on 22-26 August, 2011. The deadline is 15 May.

Optical methods have been used for studies of the atmosphere for centuries. A wealth of information about the whole atmosphere, from the troposphere to the thermosphere, can be obtained by active or passive optical measurements. Recent technological developments have also opened up a panorama of new possibilities for high-resolution measurements and measurements coordinated with other types of instruments.

The Annual European Meetings on Atmospheric Studies by Optical Methods bring together scientists from Europe as well as from other parts of the world to exchange experience, share scientific results, and plan and coordinate future experiments.

Intercalibration of light standards will also again take place during this meeting. Thus participants can bring their own light sources to calibrate.

For more information, please visit http://www.sgo.fi/38AM/

On behalf of the Local Organising Committee of 38AM


(2) August 8-12, 2011, AOGS (Asia Oceania Geosciences Society), Taipei - Abstracts due by March 15 via the MARS (Management and Review of Submissions) system at http://www.asiaoceania.org/aogs2011/.

  • ST01: “Variability in the ionosphere and thermosphere”

From Yonglian Zhang <Yongliang.Zhang at jhuapl.edu>.

Session Description:

The ionosphere and thermosphere (IT) change continuously due to energy and momentum inputs from the solar radiation, solar wind, magnetosphere and lower atmosphere. The thermosphere and ionosphere are also strongly coupled.

Variations in the ionosphere and thermosphere cover a wide range of time and spatial scales which are associated with difference processes. Over the past years, significant advance has been achieved for a better understanding of the IT variations, such as their solar cycle dependence (especially during the current prolonged solar minimum), long term trend, response to periodic changes in solar wind, effect of tidal forcing, rapid global and local response to intense geomagnetic storms and other natural events (such as earthquake). The condition of IT system also has feedback effect on the magnetosphere. The improved understanding of the IT variations significantly benefits the space weather now cast and forecast. We welcome papers involving studies of the ionosphere and thermosphere variations based on data analysis, theoretical work, simulation, assimilation and empirical modeling. We also welcome papers proposing new observations and/or campaigns to address specific issues in IT variations.

Conveners: Yongliang Zhang (Yongliang.zhang@jhuapl.edu), Beichen Zhang (zhangbeichen@pric.gov.cn), and Minoru Kubota (mkubota@nict.go.jp)


(3) Final call for participation in the first round of the CEDAR ETI Challenge - due 31 March.


From Ja Soon Shim (jasoon.shim at nasa.gov).

The final deadline for simulation results submissions to be included in the report on the first round of the Challenge is March 31, 2011. All participants to the Challenge will be co-authors of the papers, which will be used as important benchmark references for further studies. It is still possible to get involved. Please submit your model results using the CCMC on-line submission interface.

The outcome of the preliminary round of model output comparisons with observations was discussed at the CEDAR 2010 workshop. The report of the first round of the Challenge was presented at the AGU 2010 Fall Meeting.

For the Challenge, nine time intervals and six physical parameters (NmF2 and hmF2 from ISRs and COSMIC satellites, vertical and horizontal drifts at Jicamarca, and electron and neutral densities along the track of the CHAMP satellite) were selected. 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 are available at the CCMC web site (http://ccmc.gsfc.nasa.gov/support/CETI2010). Initial setup for the Challenge planned 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).

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/.

The results of the CEDAR ETI Challenge together with results of the first round of the GEM GGCM Challenge will be used as a benchmark for the joint CEDAR-GEM Modeling Challenge project that will address effects of geospace/IT model coupling on metrics results. The project will be discussed at the joint CEDAR-GEM 2011 Workshop 26 June to 1 July in Santa Fe, NM. Further details can be found at http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu/wiki/index.php/2011_Workshop:Modeling_Challenge.

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