Community:Email 22jan09

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This is a generic mailing to the CEDAR community sent Jan 22, 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) Ionosphere-thermosphere-mesosphere (ITM) modeler at CCMC/GSFC, MD

  Reply to Michael Hesse (Michael.Hesse at nasa.gov)

2) Visiting scientist for recent Ph.D., Dartmouth College - due 15 Mar

  Reply to Jim LaBelle (james.labelle at dartmouth.edu)

3) Research Job, Space Plasma Physics, UCLA, Los Angeles - due 15 Feb

  From SPA Newsletter 21 Jan 2009
  Reply to Krishan Khurana (kkhurana at igpp.ucla.edu)
  See also http://www.igpp.ucla.edu

4) Abstract deadline extended until 23 January 2009 -- Directions in

   Ionosphere-Thermosphere-Mesosphere Research:  A Vision for Aeronomy in the
   Earth-Sun System, 10-12 February 2009, The Aerospace Corporation, El
   Segundo, California
  Reply to James H Clemmons (James.H.Clemmons at aero.org)
  See also http://www.aero.org/conferences/itmr/index.html

5) AGU Chapman Conference on Effects of Thunderstorms and Lightning in

   the Upper Atmosphere, The Pennsylvania State University, 10-15 May 2009
   Abstracts and financial assistance applications due 30 Jan
  Reply to Victor Pasko (vpasko@psu.edu)
  See also http://www.agu.org/meetings/chapman/2009/bcall/

6) 2009 Joint Assembly (AGU/CGU/GAC/MAC/SEG/MSA/GS) 24-27 May 2009, Toronto Canada

   Abstracts due 04 March on-line
  See also http://www.agu.org/meetings/ja09 
a) SA02: Equatorial Ionospheric Irregularities
  Reply to Yogesh Sahai (sahai@univap.br)

1) Ionosphere-thermosphere-mesosphere (ITM) modeler at CCMC/GSFC, MD


From: Michael Hesse (Michael.Hesse at nasa.gov)

The Community Coordinated Modeling Center (CCMC) is a multi-agency partnership to enable, support and perform the research and development for the next-generation of space science and space weather models. The CCMC is based in the Heliophysics Division at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, Maryland.

One of the main functions of the CCMC is to provide the general science community access to a large number of state-of-the-art space science models for research purposes. Additionally, the CCMC collaborates with individual model owners as well as major modeling programs to bring in new models and also maintain, enhance and evolve models that currently reside at the CCMC. Another important function of the CCMC is to provide a formal mechanism by which research models can be validated, tested, and improved for eventual use in space weather operations. In this capacity, the CCMC acts as an unbiased evaluator thus directly supporting the advancement of space weather forecasting. This function plays a vital role in NASA's space exploration initiative.

CCMC model support encompasses all disciplines from solar physics to ionospheric-thermospheric-mesospheric (ITM) physics. Of these, the ITM element forms an essential element of the Sun-to-Earth modeling chain. For this reason, the CCMC is seeking an ionospheric-thermospheric (ITM) scientist and modeler. The responsibilities of the incumbent include providing access to state-of-the-art ITM models for the science community through: 1) the adaptation and incorporation of suitable ITM models into CCMC; 2) the provision of ITM model runs with rapid turnaround; 3) the continued development of visualization techniques and analysis tools for the ITM models; and 4) communication with the ITM scientific community, decision makers, and space weather forecasters; and 5) through independent research addressing validation and verification issues related to ITM model performance.

The incumbent will be an individual will be responsible for fostering and building an environment where ITM model developers can provide to other scientists access to their models, for the purpose of model validation but also to maximize the science return from their coding investment. The incumbent needs to be able to work closely with the developers to ensure that the ITM model is functioning correctly at the CCMC, and is operating within the parameter ranges for which it has already been tested. Furthermore, the selected person will be expected to undertake their own research using the ITM models available to them, to present their own research undertaken by the CMCC at both national and international conferences, and to submit publications to peer-review journals. The incumbent will be familiar with data sources relevant to driving ITM models, including those involving data assimilation.

The position requires access to Goddard Space Flight Center. For further information please contact: Michael Hesse (michael.hesse at nasa.gov) 301-286-8224 Masha Kuznetsova (maria.m.kuznetsova at nasa.gov) 301-286-9571


2) Visiting scientist for recent Ph.D., Dartmouth College - due 15 Mar


From: Jim LaBelle (james.labelle at dartmouth.edu)

Visiting Young Scientist: A visiting appointment for a recent Ph.D. scientist is available at Dartmouth College. The appointment would be for 6 months during late academic 2008-09 or academic 2009-2010. The position includes teaching in the department of Physics and Astronomy, Engineering, or Earth Sciences. Extension of appointment is possible for sponsored research projects. To qualify, candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents engaged in research related to space science, planetary science, astrophysics, remote sensing, aerospace technology, or technology dependent on space-based platforms. To apply, send a 1-2 page summary of teaching and research goals, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references to: Visiting Young Scientist, c/o James LaBelle, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Dartmouth College, 6127 Wilder Hall, Hanover, NH 03755. For more information, e-mail james.labelle@dartmouth.edu. Applications will be reviewed starting March 15, 2009. Position funded by NASA NH Space Grant. Dartmouth College is committed to diversity in hiring, and members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.


3) Research Job, Space Plasma Physics, UCLA, Los Angeles - due 15 Feb


From: Krishan Khurana (kkhurana at igpp.ucla.edu)

UCLA solicits applications for a Researcher at the Assistant or Associate level in the field of experimental Space Plasma Physics at the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics. The institute's Space Physics Center carries out investigations of the solar wind and the magnetospheres, ionospheres and atmospheres of the Earth, planets and their satellites. The successful candidate should have a doctoral degree in the field of space plasma physics and a demonstrated capability for independent research. The responsibilities of the candidate would be to analyze, interpret and model data from the recently launched NASA THEMIS mission, the upcoming ARTEMIS extended mission, and the four-spacecraft NASA-ESA mission Cluster in one of the areas (particles or fields) that matches the candidate's strengths and interests. The successful candidate will join and contribute to a diverse and broad space physics research group headed by Professor Margaret Kivelson and would participate in research analyzing data from both space and ground based instruments.

Applications should include a full CV, a short statement of research interests, and names of three individuals familiar with the applicant's work. Consideration of applications will commence on February 15.

Applications should be submitted (preferably electronically) to: Jim Nakatsuka (jnakatsu@igpp.ucla.edu), Institute Manager, 3845 Slichter Hall, IGPP, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1567. Further Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Krishan Khurana at kkhurana@igpp.ucla.edu or Prof. Margaret Kivelson mkivelson@igpp.ucla.edu. UCLA is an Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

For more information about the institute visit: http://www.igpp.ucla.edu


4) Abstract deadline extended until 23 January 2009 -- Directions in

   Ionosphere-Thermosphere-Mesosphere Research:  A Vision for Aeronomy in the
   Earth-Sun System, 10-12 February 2009, The Aerospace Corporation, El
   Segundo, California

From: James H Clemmons (James.H.Clemmons at aero.org)

Abstract deadline extended until 23 January 2009: http://www.aero.org/conferences/itmr/index.html

The Aerospace Corporation will host a conference to discuss directions in ionosphere-thermosphere-mesosphere (ITM) research. The conference builds on the groundwork established during the 2007 Space-Based Ionosphere-Thermosphere Research (SBITR) conference. The conference provides a forum for achieving further consensus on ITM research goals such that future investments can be planned. This realm of the Earth-Sun system holds great interest for both the operational community and the research community, so contributions to the conference from both communities are needed and encouraged. The conference will proceed by first discussing the most urgent and important "big picture" questions from both communities. Questions are framed within the three thematic areas established by the SBITR conference: mass exchange, electrodynamic coupling, and chemical-dynamical coupling. Important results from recent research which help crystallize the directions needed to address these questions will then be discussed. New directions which will enable progress on these questions will include updates on strategies of stakeholder agencies and other entities. The conference emphasizes the development of products from the meeting that put forth a consensus view that can be used to guide investment strategies and plans. Each day culminates in a facilitated discussion/writing session to ensure that these products will be crafted during the conference, so participants should arrive prepared to contribute to the development of these products. The products will be published shortly after the conference.

Details The format of the three-day conference is a sequence of oral and poster presentations, plus a plenary panel discussion. Participation is open to all, subject to a 150-person attendance limit, and contributed presentations are highly desired. More information, including registration and abstract submission information, can be found on the conference Website at http://www.aero.org/conferences/itmr/index.html. Titles and abstracts for talks can be submitted by email to ITMR@aero.org.


Topics Challenges in ITM science and applications Important results from recent research New research infrastructure: Missions and facilities Strategic plans for implementation: Meeting Products

Milestones 14 November: First announcement and call for papers 8 December: Second announcement and call for papers 23 January: Deadline for submission of abstracts 26 January: Finalization of program

Organizers J. Clemmons, Aerospace P. Anderson, UT Dallas W. Bristow, U. Alaska K. Hand, Aerospace O. de La Beaujardiere, AFRL T. Immel, UC Berkeley J. Kozyra, U. Michigan A. Mannucci, JPL L. Paxton, JHU/APL R. Pfaff, NASA/GSFC A. Ridley, U. Michigan R. Robinson, NSF S. Solomon, UCAR J. Spann, NASA/MSFC J. Thayer, U. Colorado R. Walterscheid, Aerospace


5) AGU Chapman Conference on Effects of Thunderstorms and Lightning in

   the Upper Atmosphere, The Pennsylvania State University, 10-15 May 2009
   Abstracts and financial assistance applications due 30 Jan

From Victor Pasko (vpasko@psu.edu)

Conference web site: http://www.agu.org/meetings/chapman/2009/bcall/

1. Abstract submission deadline has been extended from January 18, 2009 to January 30, 2009 (Friday). Abstract submission instructions are available on the conference web site.

2. The Application form to request financial assistance to attend AGU Chapman Conference on "Effects of Thunderstorms and Lightning in the Upper Atmosphere" is now available at the conference web site. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply. Graduate students and young scientists will be given priority for financial assistance. Deadline for financial support application is January 30, 2009.

3. Presentations of conference participants will be published as a collection of articles in a Special Section of the Journal of Geophysical Research, Space Physics. The special section will open for submissions on February 18, 2009 and will close on April 30, 2009. Papers related to the subject of the Conference, which have been recently published, accepted, or are presently in review at the Journal of Geophysical Research, Space Physics can be linked to the special section in online version of the journal. Interested authors should notify the Conference conveners. The Journal of Geophysical Research, Space Physics also welcomes submissions to this Special Section from authors not attending the Chapman conference.

The AGU Chapman Conference on "Effects of Thunderstorms and Lightning in the Upper Atmosphere" will cover topics across the full spectrum of disciplines relevant to the conference title, including the underlying meteorology of TLE-associated lightning, gas breakdown and discharge processes, electromagnetic effects, energetic processes, and photochemical, kinetic and transport mechanisms. For information about scientific program, please contact one of the conference conveners. The full description of the conference and contact information for the conveners can be found at the conference web site listed above.

Sincerely,

Davis D. Sentman (Univ. Alaska, Fairbanks), Victor P. Pasko (Penn. State Univ., vpasko@psu.edu), and Jeff S. Morrill (NRL), Conveners


6) 2009 Joint Assembly (AGU/CGU/GAC/MAC/SEG/MSA/GS) 24-27 May 2009, Toronto Canada

a) SA02: Equatorial Ionospheric Irregularities

From Yogesh Sahai (sahai@univap.br)

  • 2009 Joint Assembly*

The Meeting of the Americas 24-27 May 2009 Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The 2009 Joint Assembly is being held 24-27 May 2009 at the Toronto Convention Centre, located at 255 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Sponsors CGU <http://cgu-ugc.ca/>, GAC <http://www.gac.ca/>, IAH-CNC <http://www.iah.ca/>, MAC <http://www.mineralogicalassociation.ca/>, SEG <http://www.seg.org/>, MSA <http://www.minsocam.org/>, GS <http://www.geochemsoc.org/>, AGU <http://www.agu.org/>

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: **04 March 2009, 2359 UT (Universal Time)*

On-line submission at http://www.agu.org/meetings/ja09

SA02: Equatorial Ionospheric Irregularities

Sponsor: SPA-Aeronomy

Conveners:

Yogeshwar Sahai /Universidade do Vale do Pariaba (UNIVAP)/ Av. Shishima Hifumi 2911 São José dos Campos, SP, BRA 122244-000 sahai@univap.br <mailto:sahai@univap.br>

Hyosub Kil /The Johns Hopkins University/ Applied Physics Laboratory 11100 Johns Hopkins Road Laurel, MD, USA 20723 Hyosub.Kil@jhuapl.edu <mailto:Hyosub.Kil@jhuapl.edu>

Jonathan J. Makela /University of Illinois/ 1308 West Main Street, 316 CSL Urbana, IL, USA 61801-2307 jmakela@illinois.edu <mailto:jmakela@illinois.edu>

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Description:

The objective of the proposed session is to provide a forum for presentations of papers and discussions related to recent advances in the area of equatorial ionospheric irregularities from observational (ground-based and space-borne), theoretical and simulation studies. Some of the topics for the session include: ionospheric plasma bubbles and blobs; ionospheric scintillations; onset conditions for equatorial spread F; prediction of equatorial spread-F; effects of severe space weather events; storm-induced big plasma bubbles; and novel observational techniques. Contributions related to all aspects in this area are welcome.