Community:Email 23jun12

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This is a generic mailing to the CEDAR community sent 23 June 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) COSPAR Awards 2012: Janet Luhmann (USA) Space Science Award and Tatsuhiro Yokoyama (JP) for Commission C (Upper Atmospheres) Award. From Aaron Janofsky (aaron.janofsky at cosparhq.cnes.fr). See also http://cosparhq.cnes.fr (under awards when 2012 are posted).

(2) Professor of Experimental Atmospheric Physics job at Leibniz Institute of Atmospheric Physics at the Rostock University in Kühlungsborn, Germany. From Professor Dr. Franz-Josef Lübken (luebken at iap-kborn.de). See also http://www.iap-kborn.de

(3) 24-29 June, Santa Fe, CEDAR individual workshops.

  • (a) PINOT­ The PFISR Ion-Neutral Observations in the Thermosphere (Tues 26 Jun 130-330PM).

From Bill Bristow <bill.bristow at gi.alaska.edu>. See also http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu/wiki/index.php/2012_Workshop:PINOT_Kick_Off

  • (b) Technique and Applications of Radio Occultation Tues 26 Jun 130-330PM).

From Geoff Crowley <gcrowley at astraspace.net>. See also http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu/wiki/index.php/2012_Workshop:Radio_Occultation

  • (c) High Latitude GPS Scintillations and Forward Modeling (Thur 28 Jun 4-6PM).

From Gary Bust (gbust at astraspace.net and Gary.Bust at jhuapl.edu). See also http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu/wiki/index.php/2012_Workshop:High_Latitude_GPS_Scintillations


(1) COSPAR Awards 2012: Janet Luhmann (USA) Space Science Award and Tatsuhiro Yokoyama (JP) for Commission C (Upper Atmospheres) Award.


From Aaron Janofsky (aaron.janofsky at cosparhq.cnes.fr).

Congratulations to Janet Luhmann (UCB, USA) and to Tatsuhiro Yokoyama (Kyoto U, JP) on receiving the COSPAR Space science Award and the Commision C (on Space Studies of the Upper Atmospheres of the Earth and Planets Including Reference Atmospheres) Yakov B. Zeldovich Medals, respectively! These awards will be presented at the bi-annual COSPAR 39th Scientific Assembly at Mysore, India, 14-22 July 2012. Awards for previous years are listed at http://cosparhq.cnes.fr under Awards. The complete list of 15 awardees for 2012 will be added to that url later. We only list two below.

  1. COSPAR Space Science Award for outstanding contributions to space science: Janet Luhmann (USA), Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, California
  2. Yakov B. Zeldovich Medals (a joint award of COSPAR and the Russian Academy of Sciences) conferred on young scientists for excellence and achievements, honoring the distinguished astrophysicist Yakov B. Zeldovich. One medal is awarded for each COSPAR Scientific Commission: COSPAR Scientific Commission C (Upper Atmospheres): Tatsuhiro Yokoyama (Japan), Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, University of Kyoto, for his innovative modeling and experimental studies that helped resolve several outstanding problems concerning E and F region coupling processes

2) Professor of Experimental Atmospheric Physics job at Leibniz Institute of Atmospheric Physics at the Rostock University in Kühlungsborn, Germany.


From Professor Dr. Franz-Josef Lübken (luebken at iap-kborn.de).

The Leibniz Institute of Atmospheric Physics in Kühlungborn (IAP) and the Rostock University invite applications for the position of a Professor of Experimental Atmospheric Physics.

The candidate's research activities should focus on experimental investigations of the Earth's atmosphere by means of radars and sounding rockets from the ground to the lower thermosphere. He will lead the division `Radar Soundings and Sounding Rockets' at the IAP and is expected to cooperate with the two other divisions of theoretical and experimental atmospheric research (see www.iap-kborn.de for more details). The candidate should have experience in leading a team of scientists and in applying for research funds. The professorship is assigned to the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the Rostock University. The candidate is expected to take part in the training and lecturing programme of the faculty, including the supervision of post-graduate and doctoral students.

Candidates should have an excellent scientific standing and an international reputation in their research field. They should have a professional degree (PhD and habilitation, or equivalent qualification). The position is subject to the conditions of employment of the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (LHG-MV §58 and §61). The salary is according to TVL-MV (salary class 15). Applications of female candidates are encouraged. In case of equal qualification, handicapped candidates are given preference.

Applications including a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, reprints of five important publications, documentation on previous research/teaching experience, and a description of future research plans should be submitted by September 17. 2012, to Leibniz Institute of Atmospheric Physics, c/o Professor Dr. Franz-Josef Lübken (Email: luebken@iap-kborn.de), Schloss-Str. 6, 18225 Kühlungsborn, Germany.


(3) 24-29 June, Santa Fe, CEDAR individual workshops.

  • (a) PINOT­ The PFISR Ion-Neutral Observations in the Thermosphere (Tues 26 Jun 130-330PM).

From Bill Bristow <bill.bristow at gi.alaska.edu>. See also http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu/wiki/index.php/2012_Workshop:PINOT_Kick_Off

PINOT­ The PFISR Ion-Neutral Observations in the Thermosphere is a proposed research campaign currently under review with the NSF. PINOT will focus on the study of ion-neutral interactions using the Poker Flat Incoherent-Scatter Radar and collaborating instruments. Near-Earth space at auroral latitudes is where the majority of solar wind energy couples to the Earth¹s upper atmosphere. The coupling comes through the interaction of ions and electrons with the neutral gas, which occurs at the atomic level when the fast-moving charged particles driven by electric fields of magnetospheric origin collide with the neutral atoms and molecules. This interaction drives neutral winds, heats the gas, and generates waves and turbulence. The interaction and its results are dynamic and complex, and only partially understood. Developing a more complete understanding of the interaction and associated phenomena is the objective of the majority of the aeronomy community. PINOT proposes to advance that understanding through a coordinated campaign of observations and modeling using the Poker Flat Incoherent-Scatter Radar (PFISR), the Resolute Bay Incoherent-Scatter Radar (RISR), a variety of optical instruments, the Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN), the Homer VHF radar, and the Global Ionospheric-Thermospheric Model. The proposed investigation is divided into three sub-investigations:

  1. Magnetospheric drivers of the I-T state variables
  2. Waves and Turbulence
  3. Magnetospheric dynamics inferred from the I-T response.

The PINOT workshop is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon (June 26) from 1:30 to 3:30. The goals for this workshop will be:

  1. Outline the objectives of PINOT
  2. Look for overlap in observation goals
  3. Determine the best windows for campaigns
  4. Discuss radar modes and how to optimize

The PINOT proposal team invites community participation in the workshop. Investigators with interest in the topics are invited to join the workshop and potentially carry out their own investigations in coordination with PINOT.


3) 24-29 June, Santa Fe, CEDAR individual workshops.

  • (b) Technique and Applications of Radio Occultation Tues 26 Jun 130-330PM).

From Geoff Crowley <gcrowley at astraspace.net>. See also http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu/wiki/index.php/2012_Workshop:Radio_Occultation

Invitation to participate: CEDAR Workshop on "Technique and Applications of Radio Occultation" on Tues 26th June at 1330-1530

Presentations are welcomed for the Radio Occultation workshop at the CEDAR meeting. These should be 5-10 minutes long. Please contact gcrowley@astraspace.net with the title and a brief description of the talk. The current Schedule, and outline of the workshop are as follows:

  • 30 min - Tutorial on RO - Rebecca Bishop, 'What is it, what do data look like, what are applications?'
  • 15 min - The Upcoming COSMIC-II Mission and RO data - Paul Straus
  • 15 min - RO and ionospheric data assimilation - Gary Bust
  • 15 min - Utility of RO data in Assimilative Ionospheric Models - Doug Brinkman
  • 15 min - Ionospheric corrections to Tropospheric retrievals - Tony Mannucci
  • 45 min - Contributed talks & Discussion

Workshop Abstract

The technique of Radio Occultation is still in its infancy. Most RO measurements have been based on the GPS signals, however with the possibility of new GNSS satellite systems, the potential for RO measurements is growing. There have been several pathfinder missions, such as COSMIC, which have demonstrated the value of RO data for atmospheric measurements from the ground through the ionosphere to the plasmasphere. A new COSMIC-II mission is currently in the planning stage, and RO measurements have been proposed for the Iridium satellite constellation. RO data from the lower atmosphere is being assimilated into operational weather forecasts, and RO data from the ionosphere is being assimilated into ionospheric codes. In addition, RO data is increasingly being used for scientific research. Finally, the RO analysis techniques that have been developed need to be improved, for example the lower atmosphere retrievals suffer from poor understanding of the ionosphere, and the necessary ionospheric corrections.


3) 24-29 June, Santa Fe, CEDAR individual workshops.

  • (c) High Latitude GPS Scintillations and Forward Modelling (Thur 28 Jun 4-6PM).

From Gary Bust (gbust at astraspace.net and Gary.Bust at jhuapl.edu). See also http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu/wiki/index.php/2012_Workshop:High_Latitude_GPS_Scintillations

Call for participation at 2012 CEDAR Workshop on High Latitude GPS Scintillations on Thursday June 28, from 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm. From the workshop organizers: Kshitija Deshpande (kshitija AT vt.edu), Gary Bust (gbust AT astraspace.net), Anthea Coster (ajc AT haystack.mit.edu), Allan Weatherwax (aweatherwax AT siena.edu)

We welcome talks related to the workshop: "High Latitude GPS Scintillations and Forward Modeling". The workshop description can be found at http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu/wiki/index.php/2012_Workshop:High_Latitude_GPS_Scintillations

This workshop intends to provide a forum to present and discuss high latitude GPS scintillation observations from Arctic and Antarctic regions, forward modeling and inverse methods in study of high latitude ionospheric irregularities. We invite potential contributors to participate with short (5-10 minutes) presentations on topics relevant to the focus group, including theoretical, modeling and observational studies of the high latitude ionospheric irregularities. A few suggested topics are: GPS scintillation observations, Density structures observed in GPS TEC measurements, High latitude ionospheric irregularities, GPS observations compared with ancillary observations from other instruments such All Sky Imagers, SuperDARN, magnetometers, riometers etc., Forward EM wave propagation modeling, and Inverse methods to study high latitude plasma irregularities.

We look forward to your participation. If you are interested in presenting your work at the workshop, please send us an email with a title.