Community:Email 20feb09

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This is a generic mailing to the CEDAR community sent Feb 20, 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) Postdoc in ionospheric modification at UNIS, Norway - due 15 March -From 19 Feb SPA Newsletter -Reply to Kjellmar Oksavik (Kjellmar.Oksavik at unis.no) -Apply on-line at http://www.unis.no/vacancies

(2) AMISR Student Workshop July 13-17, SRI Int'l Menlo Park CA - due 31 Mar -Student funding applications due 31 March -Reply to Anthea Coster (ajc at haystack.mit.edu) -See also http://www.haystack.mit.edu/edu/workshop/ and http://www.haystack.mit.edu/atm/mho/instruments/isr/index.html

(3) 2009 AGU Joint Assembly, 24-27 May 2009, Toronto, Canada -Abstracts due 4 March 2009, 2359UT at http://www.agu.org/meetings/ja09/index.php -(a) Union Session (U06): Connecting Atmospheric, Space, and Planetary Sciences -Reply to Janet Kozyra (jukozyra at umich.edu)


(1) Postdoc in ionospheric modification at UNIS, Norway - due 15 March


From: Kjellmar Oksavik (Kjellmar.Oksavik at unis.no)

The University Centre in Svalbard, Longyerbyen has an open postdoc position in ionospheric modification (heating). This position is part of a research project funded by the Norwegian Research Council: "SPEAR - a high power ionospheric modification facility for Svalbard". SPEAR (Space Plasma Exploration by Active Radar) is a facility that exploits high power radio technology to carry out ionospheric modification experiments, and we are now looking for a candidate having interests in ionospheric modification experiments. In addition to carrying out scientific research using the SPEAR facility, the postdoc will also be responsible for the coordination of scientific SPEAR campaigns and determining the scientific focus and future direction of SPEAR. To be considered for this position a Ph.D. or equivalent in an appropriate field is the minimum requirement.

The application deadline is 15 March 2009, and the full announcement can be found at: http://www.unis.no/vacancies Please note that applications must be submitted electronically via the "Apply Online" button on that webpage.

Inquiries about this position may be directed to: -Professor Kjellmar Oksavik, phone: +47 79 02 33 87, email: kjellmar.oksavik at unis.no or -Professor Dag Arne Lorentzen, phone +47 79 02 33 36, email: dag.lorentzen at unis.no


(2) AMISR Student Workshop July 13-17, SRI Int'l Menlo Park CA - due 31 Mar


A student workshop (http://www.haystack.mit.edu/edu/workshop/) aimed at providing students with hands-on experience in designing and running experiments at the Poker Flat Incoherent Scatter Radar (PFISR) and the Resolute Bay Incoherent Scatter Radar (RISR) will be held at SRI International <http://sri.com> Menlo Park, CA, July 13 - 17, 2009. This workshop is the second of several student workshops aimed at teaching a new generation of scientists how to request and analyze incoherent scatter radar (ISR at http://www.haystack.mit.edu/atm/mho/instruments/isr/index.html) experiments. It is suitable for graduate and advanced undergraduate students. The morning lectures will include an introduction to the theory of incoherent scatter, radar operations, ISR analysis techniques, and the Madrigal data base. The afternoon exercises will involve working closely with Upper Atmospheric Facility (UAF) staff in the topic areas of: proposal design, experiment execution, and data analysis. The workshop is suitable for graduate and advanced undergraduate students.

Attendance is limited to 16 students. For students within the U.S., travel, housing and most meals will be provided. For students outside of the U.S., travel is not included. The deadline (strict) for application submission is 31 March 2009. The application can be found at http://www.haystack.mit.edu/edu/workshop/. The workshop is sponsored by the National Science Foundation through its Upper Atmospheric Facility Program within the Geosciences Directorate.

Questions or comments can be addressed to: Anthea Coster (781-981-5753, ajc at haystack.mit.edu), Philip Erickson (pje at haystack.mit.edu), and Elizabeth Kendall (elizabeth.kendall at sri.edu).


(3) 2009 AGU Joint Assembly, 24-27 May 2009, Toronto, Canada -Abstracts due 4 March 2009, 2359UT at http://www.agu.org/meetings/ja09/index.php -(a) Union Session (U06): Connecting Atmospheric, Space, and Planetary Sciences


From: Natasha Andronova (natand at umich.edu), Janet Kozyra (jukozyra at umich.edu), Luis Eduardo Vieira (vieira at mps.mpg.de)

We would like to invite you to submit an abstract and play a part in an exciting union session described below.

FOCUS: Questions that link together the Sun's evolution, the future states of the Earth's atmosphere and the physical processes common to planetary atmospheres.

This session focuses on the processes that connect changes at the solar surface with features in the geospace and planetary environments that will ultimately lead to a better understanding of climate variability, and, in fact, of any large-scale complex system. Given the importance of these issues, a closer interaction between atmospheric, planetary and space scientists is needed (and supported here) to share information from different perspectives and evaluate the state of our knowledge and modeling capabilities. Please join us in an interesting interdisciplinary interaction.

A FEW EXAMPLES OF FOCUS ISSUES: -- Chemistry and dynamics of polar vortices on the Earth and other planets and their role in bringing space weather effects to lower altitudes -- System-level response of the heliosphere and planetary environments to solar wind high-speed streams, or coronal mass ejections and resulting long-term trends -- Predictions of future (or explanations of past) solar variability and their impacts at Earth and other planets -- Reasons for the unusual aspects of the current solar minimum and the associated responses in geospace and other planetary environments -- New information about long-term space and atmospheric climate trends -- New insights about how solar irradiance changes are amplified to drive climate variability at the Earth and nonlinear aspects at other planets.

INVITED PROGRAM Invited speakers (listed below) have agreed to summarize the state of our knowledge in key areas.

-Ted Shepherd --- University of Toronto -Marv Geller -- Stony Brook University -Joanna Haigh -- Imperial College -Scott Bailey -- Virginia Tech -Dan Baker -- LASP, University of Colorado -Chris Russell -- UCLA -Sam Yee -- APL