Community:Email 07may13b

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This is a generic mailing to the CEDAR community sent 07 May 2013. 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) Source code for MSIS 1983 desired for Air Force study. From james.jones at offutt.af.mil.

(2) Have you used the Heliophysics Textbooks I, II and/or III? Please take the 5-min survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/W76SKT3 by Friday May 10 to assist the Heliophysics Summer School at http://www.vsp.ucar.edu/Heliophysics/ . From Susanne Demaree (sdemaree at ucar.edu).

(3) Announcing the AGU Joint Prize for Space Weather and Nonlinear Waves and Processes Prize due 15 June. From Bob McCoy (rpmccoy at alaska.edu). See also http://www.agu.org/honorsprogram/section_fg/awardnom_sfg.shtml#joint_prize

(4) Special issue on "Solar variability, solar forcing and coupling mechanisms in the terrestrial atmosphere" in the Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate (SWSC) by 31 May (intent) and 15 September (submission) to http://www.swsc-journal.org . From Thierry Dudok de Wit <ddwit at cnrs-orleans.fr>.

(5) Postdoc, Graduate Student, and Undergrad Opportunities with Canadian Arctic Atmospheric Research with PEARL and CREATE at 5 Universities. Applications reviewed starting 15 May via applications@candac.ca . From alan.manson at usask.ca. See also http://www.candac.ca and http://www.candac.ca/create/

(6) Post-doctoral scientist positions available at the Institute of Space Sciences, Shandong University, China. Applications considered from 1 May onwards. From Yao Chen <yaochen at sdu.edu.cn>.

(7) Funding for a postdoc/student (or whoever) to help with ionosphere educational visualization/animation to be finished by the end of July in Boulder, Colorado. From Randy Russell <rrussell at ucar.edu>. See also http://eo.ucar.edu/staff/rrussell/sun/ionosphere_layered.html


(1) Source code for MSIS 1983 desired for Air Force study.


From james.jones at offutt.af.mil.

If anyone in the CEDAR community has a source copy of the MSIS 1983 model, please contact Jim Jones at james.jones at offutt.af.mil. He is trying to revise the USAF models which rely on MSIS 1983 with something more recent.


(2) Have you used the Heliophysics Textbooks I, II and/or III? Please take the 5-min survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/W76SKT3 by Friday May 10 to assist the Heliophysics Summer School at http://www.vsp.ucar.edu/Heliophysics/ .


From Susanne Demaree (sdemaree at ucar.edu).

In 2009 and 2010, Cambridge University Press published three volumes in the series “Heliophysics” discussing the many faces of the connection between the planets and their central star. The three books are subtitled 'Plasma physics of the local cosmos', 'Space storms and radiation: causes and effects', and 'Evolving solar activity and the climates of space and Earth'.

The sub-disciplines within heliophysics have a rich variety of available textbooks, but no textbooks existed prior to these three volumes that present the diverse materials from their common physical principles. The volumes aim to help teachers well-versed in one discipline to teach the directly related areas within other disciplines, to aid students with introductory overviews in all disciplines, and to assist researchers to understand physical similarities and differences as the volumes point them to more in-depth materials.

The UCAR website (www.vsp.ucar.edu/Heliophysics/) contains information on the School, the books, and offers supporting information, lecture materials, recorded presentations, and problem sets that continue to be developed.

The Heliophysics Summer School continues and we are considering 4th and 5th volumes to complement the series to cover topics that could not be included in the first volumes.

We would like to know what you think of the Heliophysics textbooks.Please take this 5 minute short survey and tell us how you have used the books in the past three years and what would be the optimal form for any future books to take https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/W76SKT3. We'd like your input by Friday, May 10.


(3) Announcing the AGU Joint Prize for Space Weather and Nonlinear Waves and Processes Prize due 15 June.


From Bob McCoy (rpmccoy at alaska.edu).

  • Deadline: 15 June 2013
  • The prize consists of a $10,000 monetary prize, an announcement in Eos, and

an award plaque presented at the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco during the award presentation year. The prize is made possible through the generosity of AGU members, Bruce T. Tsurutani and Olga P. Verkhoglyadova.

In 2013, the award recognizes an individual for their scientific contribution to the field of space weather (the 2015 award will recognize an individual for their scientific contributions to nonlinear waves and processes); the contribution can take the form of a single significant and cutting-edge project or a lifetime of achievement

  • Eligible nominees must be current AGU members working in the field of space weather
  • For more information and eligibility requirements see:

http://www.agu.org/honorsprogram/section_fg/awardnom_sfg.shtml#joint_prize


(4) Special issue on "Solar variability, solar forcing and coupling mechanisms in the terrestrial atmosphere" in the Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate (SWSC) by 31 May (intent) and 15 September (submission) to http://www.swsc-journal.org .


From Thierry Dudok de Wit <ddwit at cnrs-orleans.fr>.

At the recent general assembly of the EGU, several sessions were addressing solar variability, its impact on the Earth's climate and coupling mechanisms in the terrestrial atmosphere. We invite conference participants, but also scientists who did not attend the EGU, to submit their work for publication in a special issue on these topics in the Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate (SWSC). SWSC is a peer-reviewed and open-access journal that was created two years ago by our community, see http://www.swsc-journal.org

Each paper will go through a regular blind review process. Declarations of i ntent, with preliminary title & list of authors, should be sent before 31 May 2013 to Thierry Dudok de Wit (ddwit@cnrs-orleans.fr). Your final manuscript should be submitted directly to the journal before 15 September 2013.

G. Cessateur, M. Kretzschmar, T. Dudok de Wit


(5) Postdoc, Graduate Student, and Undergrad Opportunities with Canadian Arctic Atmospheric Research with PEARL and CREATE at 5 Universities. Applications reviewed starting 15 May via applications@candac.ca .


From alan.manson at usask.ca.

The High Arctic is changing rapidly and these changes are important, both within the region and as their influence propagates out to lower latitudes. Using measurements from the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) at Eureka, Nunavut and measurements from other sites around the Arctic and the rest of the globe, the Probing the Atmosphere of the High Arctic (PAHA) project will investigate the atmosphere of the Canadian High Arctic. This project operates in association with the NSERC CREATE Training Program in Arctic Atmospheric Science (CREATEAAS). More details about PEARL and the CREATE-AAS projects can be found at at http://www.candac.ca and http://www.candac.ca/create/

Post-Doctoral Fellows are needed for the following projects and institutions:

(1) Composition Measurements - University of Toronto – Measurements of atmospheric composition, made with UV-visible and Fourier transform infrared spectrometers at PEARL, are being used to investigate biomass burning and continental influence on the Arctic, greenhouse gases related to the carbon cycle, and ozone and related species. This PDF position will involve instrument operations; the collection, retrieval, numerical analysis of data; and interpretation of the measurements to address scientific questions related to long-range transport in the Arctic, the carbon cycle, and ozone depletion and recovery.

(2) Clouds and Aerosols – Université de Sherbrooke / Dalhousie University – Active / passive remote sensing measurements from ground-based and satellite sensors will be employed to better understand the bulk and per-particle tropospheric and stratospheric properties of clouds and aerosols over the Arctic. This PDF position will involve the collection, validation, source determination and analysis of cloud and aerosol properties as well as associated precipitation dynamics in order to better understand the variability of aerosol-induced, Arctic cloud formation and the radiative forcing impacts of this variability.

(3) The Polar Vortex – University of Saskatchewan – The Polar Vortex theme focuses upon hemispheric linkages with ENSO, QBO, solar activity and oceans. Candidates are expected to have a rich graduate or post-graduate background in atmospheric sciences [0-90km] especially dynamics, which includes winds and waves [planetary, tidal and gravity waves]. Data from archives [radars, satellites, GCMassimilation] are to be used, requiring sophisticated analyses e.g. complex correlations, ‘remotesensing’ techniques, wavelets, frequency /wave-number spectra, vortex characterization, teleconnections, and EP flux.

(4) Mesospheric Observations – University of New Brunswick - PEARL is home to a number of upper atmosphere instruments and these are linked to a broader network of instrumentation covering the Polar Cap. This PDF position would require expertise in statistical analyses of spatial/temporal time series and the sampling associated with satellites and ground based instruments with the objective of the diagnosis of tides and gravity and Rossby waves.

(5) Lidar Measurements – Dalhousie University – There are several lidar instruments at PEARL measuring clouds, aerosols, water vapour, ozone and other atmospheric properties. The continued development and analysis of data from these lidars is a requirement for several of the PAHA projects. The PDF position will involve the technical aspects of the lidar systems including upgrading, operating and developing analysis software. On the scientific side the lidars will be operated in concert, in part to investigate stratosphere-troposphere coupling. System upgrades will include installing new counting electronics and upgrading the data acquisition software.

(6) Satellite Validation – University of Toronto – Satellite validation establishes the accuracy and reliability of satellite measurements through comparisons with well-characterized data sets. We are using the PEARL data set for validating current satellite missions focusing on trace gases and aerosol properties. This PDF position will involve conducting statistical comparisons between PEARL and satellite data sets (initially ACE, GOSAT and OSIRIS); employing innovative comparison methods; and collaborating with satellite science teams and other ground-based measurement sites.

Depending upon the development and interests of the candidates and the PAHA project, there may be opportunity for field work at PEARL. This would entail working in the High Arctic in remote conditions far from medical and technical resources. Depending upon the season, temperatures can vary from -55C to +20C and PEARL is deep inside the Arctic Circle with long period of 24-hour darkness in the winter and 24-hour daylight in the summer. Applicants should submit a resume and a statement indicating how they would expect to contribute to one or more of the above projects. Applicants should also arrange for two academic references to be submitted. Applications and references should be sent by e-mail in either PDF or DOC format to applications@candac.ca

Review of applications will begin on May 15, 2013. Decisions will be made before June 15, 2013.

Appointments under this program will be limited to a maximum of two years. Other conditions will be those of the university of residence for the PDF.

Graduate Students: There are also opportunities for graduate students at both the M.Sc and Ph.D. Level for projects broadly similar to the ones discussed above for the PDFs at several Canadian universities starting on or after September 2013. Interested students are invited to access the web-sites listed in the introduction and contact potential supervisors directly. Alternatively send an e-mail to applications@candac.ca giving an outline of your qualifications and interests and we will direct it as appropriate. Most graduate students associated with these projects have the opportunity to work at PEARL and to participate in outreach activities in the Arctic and Southern Canada in addition to their regular programs.

Undergraduate Summer Internships: The CREATE-AAS program has an undergraduate summer internship program for Arctic Atmospheric Research. More details can be found at http://www.candac.ca/create/ and it is not too early to be thinking about summer 2014!!

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. All the universities involves are Employment Equity/Affirmative Action employers. They encourage applications from qualified Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, visible minority group members and women.


(6) Post-doctoral scientist positions available at the Institute of Space Sciences, Shandong University, China. Applications considered from 1 May onwards.


From Yao Chen <yaochen at sdu.edu.cn>.

We cordially invite 5 highly-motivated postdoctoral scientists from outside China who obtained their PhD degrees within 3 years prior to employment in plasma physics, space physics/space weather studies, solar physics, computational fluid dynamics, and space instrumentations. The successful applicants are expected to have demonstrated skills in both conducting independent research and publishing in refereed journals.

The core mission of the newly-established Institute of Space Sciences at Shandong University (ISS-SDU) is to conduct and support world-class researches in the fields of space physics, planetary science, astronomy and astrophysics. ISS has the ambition to make itself a leading institute not just in China, but also on a bigger stage. This is made possible by the generous financial support from both the University and national funding agencies. A 20,000-square-meter facility with a splendid view of mountains, sandy beaches and the Yellow sea will be ready for use by ISS at the end of this August. ISS is also equipped with quality high-performance computing facilities, and has assembled a team of efficient technical and supporting staff.

The applicants are expected to work with,

(1) Prof. Yao Chen (yaochen@sdu.edu.cn) on physical processes associated with solar eruptions. Of primary interests are coronal mass ejections, flares, and relevant processes including shocks, magnetic reconnection, particle acceleration, radio bursts, etc.

(2) Prof. Bo Li (BBL@sdu.edu.cn) on observational and modeling studies of the solar corona and solar wind. He expects to work with a scientist with expertise that can find applications to the broad topic of coronal heating. Plasma waves and turbulence are of particular interest.

(3) Prof. Li-dong Xia (XLD@sdu.edu.cn) on multi-wavelength observational studies of the fundamental processes in the solar atmosphere. Of particular interests are the physics of the solar transition region, and the origin of the solar wind.

(4) Prof. Quanqi Shi (sqq@sdu.edu.cn) on solar wind–magnetosphere interaction. Of primary interests are the solar wind plasma and energy transport throughout the magnetosphere together with the ground magnetic field and aurora response.

The posts are available for a fixed term of two years with a possible 2-year extension depending on funding availability and performance, and can start as early as 1 September 2013. The annual salary is 25,000 to 30,000 US dollars, depending on qualification and experience. Each employed scientist will receive support to attend up to 3 international conferences during this two- year term. Accommodation will be provided free of charge (worth an additional 5000-US dollar value), which is fully-furnished and in easy reach of shopping plazas, the university campus, and the Weihai International Beach. The ISS is located in the scenic coastal city of Weihai, which with its considerably low living cost (~400 - 800 US dollars per month) and wonderful beaches is regarded as one of the nation’s most desirable cities.

Applications will be considered from 1 May 2013 onwards. We will continue to accept applications until the positions are filled. Candidates should submit electronically a CV, a cover letter describing their research experience and interests, and two letters of reference, to one of the four prospective collaborators (please also copy to yaochen.sdu@gmail.com).


(7) Funding for a postdoc/student (or whoever) to help with ionosphere educational visualization/animation to be finished by the end of July in Boulder, Colorado.


From Randy Russell <rrussell at ucar.edu>.

The UCAR Science Education group 'Spark' has a bit of funding that they can use towards a project that involves a visualization of the ionosphere for educational uses. We are looking for someone local (probably a student or postdoc?) who could use a bit of support and could help us with this effort who could generate a series of images something like this:

http://eo.ucar.edu/staff/rrussell/sun/ionosphere_electrons_globe.jpg

... to be used in a couple of animations that will compare an "Earth as you would see it" view with a "view of the ionosphere" look. Here is a sample of the kind of side-by-side view we intend to generate:

http://eo.ucar.edu/staff/rrussell/sun/ionosphere_electrons_visible_earth_globe.jpg

Here's a slightly more detailed "proof-of-concept" rough draft version of where we're headed with these animations (requires QuickTime and Flash plugins to view):

http://eo.ucar.edu/staff/rrussell/sun/ionosphere_layered.html

We need to spend out this money by the end of July. We have a few thousand dollars to put towards someone's salary if we can find someone to generate visuals such as these. Please contact Randy Russell at <rrussell at ucar.edu> if you are interested, and especially if you live in or near Boulder, Colorado, since locals will be preferred.