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This is a generic mailing to the CEDAR community sent 12 Nov 2012. 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) 10th issue of the CAWSES-II TG4 newsletter online at http://www.cawses.org/wiki/images/a/aa/TG4_newsletter_issue10.pdf. From Michi NISHIOKA <nishioka at nict.go.jp>.

(2) Call for participation in CEDAR-GEM Modeling Challenge Session Sunday Dec 2 in San Francisco, CA before AGU. From Ja Soon Shim (jasoon.shim at nasa.gov). See also http://ccmc.gsfc.nasa.gov/challenges/GEM-CEDAR/suite.php

(3) Tenure-track position in Experimental Plasma Physics at West Virginia University. From Paul Cassak (paul.cassak at mail.wvu.edu) and Phil Judge (judge at ucar.edu). See also http://physics.wvu.edu


1) 10th issue of the CAWSES-II TG4 newsletter online at http://www.cawses.org/wiki/images/a/aa/TG4_newsletter_issue10.pdf.


From Michi NISHIOKA <nishioka at nict.go.jp>.

The 10th CAWSES-II TG4 newsletter is issued. It can be downloaded from the CAWSES-II Wiki page at http://www.cawses.org/wiki/images/a/aa/TG4_newsletter_issue10.pdf

In this issue, the following articles are included;

  • Article 1: Space environment study at the Institute of Ionosphere (Kazakhstan): Instrumentation and Science (Dr. Gordienko Galina, Kazakhstan)
  • Article 2: An overview of scientific activities under CAWSES-India program (Dr. S.Gurubaran, India)
  • Article 3: CAWSES II Project 5 (Dr. Colin Price, Israel )
  • Article 4: Summary of the TG4 Business Meeting at COSPAR (Dr.Jens Oberheide, USA)
  • Highlights on Young Scientists: Modeling the observable effects of gravity waves in the Mesosphere and Lower Thermosphere (Dr. Jonathan Snively, USA)
  • List of upcoming meetings

The purpose of this newsletter is to make more communications among scientists related to the CAWSES-II Task Group 4 (particularly between those of the atmosphere and the ionosphere). The editors would like to invite you to submit the following articles to the TG4 newsletter. Our newsletter has four categories of the articles:

  1. Articles: ~500 words and four figures (maximum)-----on campaign, ground observations, satellite observations, modeling, workshop/conference/symposium report, etc
  2. Highlights on young scientists: ~200 words and two figures-----on his/him own work related to CAWSES-TG4
  3. Short news: ~100 words-----announcements of campaign, workshop, etc
  4. List of planned workshop

Category 2 (Highlights on young scientists) helps both young scientists and TG4 members to know each other. Please contact the editors for recommendation of young scientists who are willing to write an article on this category. Your suggestions and comments on this newsletter are also very welcome.

Editor of CAWSES-II TG4 newsletter, Michi Nishioka (nishioka at nict.go.jp)


(2) Call for participation in CEDAR-GEM Modeling Challenge Session Sunday Dec 2 in San Francisco, CA before AGU.


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

Modelers, data providers, science and operational users of space weather models are invited to participate in the GEM-CEDAR Modeling Challenge Sessions scheduled during the GEM Mini-Workshop to be held on Sunday, December 2nd 2012, 2:30 – 4:30 pm, in the Franciscan Room of the Westin San Francisco Market Street, 50 Third St. San Francisco. Topics for discussions and tentative agenda:

  • Role of drivers on Ionosphere/Thermosphere model results
  • Suitable metrics for validation of TEC prediction for different types of applications
  • Climatology study of TEC, neutral density, and equatorial ion drifts
  • Poynting Flux/Joule Heating metrics study
  • Auroral oval boundaries:
    • How to calculate equatorward boundary location
    • Role of different physics incorporated in models (e.g., coupling with ring current, models for ionospheric conductance) on locations of boundaries
  • Plans for summer workshops

The CEDAR-GEM Challenge was initiated during the Summer 2011 Joint CEDAR-GEM Workshop and is built upon GEM GGCM and CEDAR ETI Challenges. The project focuses on various scientific and operational aspects of the performance of magnetosphere and ionosphere models and addresses challenges of model-data comparisons and metrics studies (e.g., model output and observational time series preparation for comparison, measurement uncertainty, metrics selection). A list of selected events, lists of physical parameters and available measurements, model output file formats for each metrics study, and submission instructions can be found at the "GEM-CEDAR Metrics Suite" link (http://ccmc.gsfc.nasa.gov/challenges/GEM-CEDAR/suite.php).

For “Role of drivers” study, the December 2006 event E.2006.348 (the AGU storm) was selected:

E.2006.348: 2006/12/13 00:00 UT – 2006/12/16 00:00

We encourage modelers to perform simulations for the December 2006 event with different models for the ionosphere potential pattern: 1) Weimer 2005 using 15-min averages of the IMF input parameters lagged -5 to -20 min provided by NCAR and the CCMC; 2) AMIE provided by Aaron Ridley (University of Michigan); 3) Global magnetosphere models provided by the CCMC. CCMC developed tools based on Kameleon converter and interpolator for 2D ionosphere electrodynamics files. Time interpolator has also been developed. The tool allows us to swap ionosphere drivers at any position (geomagnetic latitude and MLT) or on any grid with any time resolution (ftp://hanna.ccmc.gsfc.nasa.gov/pub/GEM-CEDAR/out/high-latitude-drivers: there are CDF files with SWMF ionosphere electrodynamics for 2006 event). Please refer to README file at the link for compilation.)

The physical parameters to be used for “Role of drivers” study and observational data are available at http://ccmc.gsfc.nasa.gov/challenges/GEM-CEDAR/measurements.php and http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu/wiki/index.php/2012_Workshop:CEDAR_ETI_Modeling_Challenge.

Modelers are invited to submit simulation results through the interactive submission interface at CCMC website http://ccmc.gsfc.nasa.gov/challenges/GEM-CEDAR/challenge_registration.php. Details of the required file formats for submitted results can be found at http://ccmc.gsfc.nasa.gov/challenges/GEM-CEDAR/fileformat.php.

Modelers are also encouraged to perform their own research on effects of the different drivers on Ionosphere/Thermosphere parameters selected for the study, and share their findings.

It is still not too late to join the Poynting Flux/Joule Heating (along DMSP tracks) metrics study. To be included in the first paper for this study please submit your results for all events prior to the December mini-workshop. DMSP tracks for selected events are available at http://ccmc.gsfc.nasa.gov/challenges/GEM-CEDAR/measurements-mag.php.

Auroral Boundaries study is still in the discussion/trial phase. View-point presentations (1-5 slides) on how to calculate boundaries locations and science topics related to auroral boundaries are welcome.

If you are interested in presenting your work (1-5 slides), and you have questions and/or comments, please contact one of the people listed below

  • Ja Soon Shim (jasoon.shim@nasa.gov)
  • Barbara Emery (emery@ucar.edu)
  • Masha Kuznetsova (Maria.M.Kuznetsova@nasa.gov)



(3) Tenure-track position in Experimental Plasma Physics at West Virginia University.


From Paul Cassak (paul.cassak at mail.wvu.edu) and Phil Judge (judge at ucar.edu).

There is a new opening for a tenure-track position in Plasma Physics at West Virginia University (WVU). We have opened it up to include instrumentation for space satellite missions. Due to our brand new building, our proximity to NASA-GSFC, and our existing strengths in space physics, this would be a great opportunity for a bright person to start a research program. As we at WVU are trying to increase our profile, we are looking for great people to apply for this position.

If you know of anyone, please let me know, or feel free to pass the following ad along to them.

Paul Cassak (paul.cassak at mail.wvu.edu).

The Department of Physics at West Virginia University invites applications for a tenuretrack appointment in experimental plasma physics at the assistant or associate professor rank. Applications proposing an integrated experimental and theory research program will also be considered. The preferred start date is August 2013. Qualified candidates in any area of experimental plasma physics are encouraged to apply. The following research areas are especially encouraged: (1) low temperature plasma physics http://science.energy.gov/~/media/fes/pdf/workshop-reports/ Low_temp_plasma_workshop_report_sept_08.pdf, (2) satellite instrumentation for solar or space plasma physics http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13060, and (3) laser-plasma interactions http://science.energy.gov/~/media/fes/pdf/workshop-reports/Hedlp_brn_workshop_report_oct_2010.pdf. Minimum requirements are a Ph.D., or equivalent, in physics or a related field with a commitment and ability to lead an independent research program and to excel in teaching physics courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate will present a record of research productivity as evidenced by publication record and scientific collaborations, and potential to develop an externally funded, nationally competitive, research program. For applicants at the associate professor level, significant active external funding is expected. The current plasma faculty at WVU consists of three professors and three research professors. The largest research areas in the WVU Physics Department (http://physics.wvu.edu) are condensed matter physics, astrophysics, and plasma physics. The entire Department moved into a new facility with state-of-the-art research laboratories in 2012.

To apply, send (1) a cover letter addressed to the plasma Physics Search Committee, (2) a curriculum vitae including a complete list of publications and relevant teaching experience, (3) a research plan for the next five years including an estimate of start-up costs, and (4) a statement of teaching philosophy and experience. Send these documents in a single pdf file to plasmasearch@mail.wvu.edu with the subject line Plasma Search. Please arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to the same electronic address. The deadline for receipt of all materials is March 2, 2013. West Virginia University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and a Recipient of an NSF ADVANCE Award for Gender Equity. Applications are strongly encouraged from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans. The Department and College are committed to assisting dual career couples.