Community:Email 24jan09

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This is a generic mailing to the CEDAR community sent Jan 24, 2009. Meetings and jobs are listed at 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) NSF's UAF report on integrated science planning on-line

  Reply to Bob Robinson (
  See also ('Community','CEDAR Community
   Documents', under documents by and for NSF)

2) Real-time IRI workshop 4-6 May, USAFA, Colorado Springs - abstracts due 20 Feb

  Reply to Dieter Bilitza (
  See also

3) Meteoroids 2010 Workshop, 24-28 May 2010, Breckenridge, CO

  Reply to Diego Janches (
  See also

1) NSF's UAF report on integrated science planning on-line

NSF's Upper Atmospheric Facilities (UAF) Program was created in 1983 to oversee the scientific operation of large radars used to probe the upper atmosphere and ionosphere. The UAF program, initially established to support four incoherent scatter radars, has evolved over the last 25 years. In the 1990s, the UAF program began support for the U. S. contribution to the international SuperDARN program. In January 2007, the NSF-funded solid-state, phased-array incoherent scatter radar at Poker Flat, Alaska, began routine operations. A similar radar is under construction at Resolute Bay in the Canadian Arctic and will begin operations early in 2009.

A review of the UAF program was conducted in 2004 by an external panel chaired by Susan Avery. The panel recommended that the UAF program undertake an integrated science planning exercise to ensure the community is well served by these large facilities. The integrated planning activities that have taken place over the last several years has produced a document titled "The National Science Foundation's Upper Atmospheric Facilities: Integrating Management, Operations, and Science". This report highlights scientific accomplishments enabled by the facilities and presents a set of strategies to guide scientific and technical decision making and planning. It also paves the way for new management and operations models for the facilities based on an integrated approach. The report is dedicated to Dr. William Gordon, who first conceived of the incoherent scatter radar technique a little over 50 years ago.

The report is available on the CEDAR web site (, click on 'Community', 'CEDAR Community Documents', under NSF reports. Hard copies will be available at the next CEDAR Workshop in June 2009. Please address comments on the document to Bob Robinson (

2) Real-time IRI workshop 4-6 May, USAFA, Colorado Springs - abstracts due 20 Feb

Workshop Announcement and Call for Papers: Real-Time IRI - Task Force Workshop at the US-AFA Space Physics and Atmospheric Research Center in Colorado Springs, May 4-6, 2009.

A focused IRI workshop will be held the Monday-Wednesday (May 4-6, 2009) following the Space Weather Week in Boulder. It will take place at the Space Physics and Atmospheric Research Center of the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, just a short car ride from Boulder. The goal of this special IRI Task Force Activity is to explore the possibilities of expanding the capabilities of the International Reference Ionosphere (IRI). Currently, the focus of IRI is to produce the best "climatological" description of the ionosphere at any time and place. IRI climatology includes estimates of uncertainty, that covers variability or the expected range for a particular day, but is unable to characterize whether a particular day is likely to be higher or lower than climatology at a given location. The workshop will explore two areas: 1. the possibility of producing the best estimate of the ionosphere in real-time, and 2. to produce the best estimate of the ionospheric state at anytime in the past. The latter is similar to the "re-analysis" done for tropospheric weather. Both will require ingest of observations, and the application of data assimilation techniques. The goal of the workshop is to explore ways to add these new capabilities, but maintain the basic philosophy of IRI to be based on observations, and not a physical model.

Themes: Current capabilities for RT ionosphere, IRI re-analysis, RT second order corrections, Data quality, Assimilation Techniques, Testing and Validating Output, Criteria for Evaluating different methods.

Venue: United States Air Force Academy, Space Physics and Atmospheric Research Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA.

Organizing Committee: Linda Krause (US AFA), Dieter Bilitza (GMU), Tim Fuller-Rowell (NOAA), Bodo Reinisch (UML), Eduardo Araujo-Pradere (NOAA).

Deadline for abstract submissions is February 20, 2009. A workshop website is currently under construction at

3) Meteoroids 2010 Workshop, 24-28 May 2010, Breckenridge, CO

  Reply to Diego Janches (
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METEOROIDS 2010, An international conference on solar system small bodies

May 24-28, 2010, Breckenridge, Colorado, USA

Call for contributed talks and posters, Early registration DEADLINE TBD, Registration fee increases after TBD

General information is available at

Please pre-register in order to help us with the planning of the logistics of the conference

This conference will be the seventh in a series of meetings on meteoroids and related topics, which have been held approximately every three years since 1993. In 2007 the meeting was organized by the Institut db �Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (IEEC) and the Institut de CiC(ncies de lb �Espai (CSIC) and was held in CosmoCaixa, the science museum of the Obra Social FundaciC3 La Caixa in Barcelona, Spain. The topics covered during that meeting included the origin, nature, evolution and dynamics of solar system minor bodies, with special emphasis on the study of micrometer- to meter- sized fragments of comets and asteroids.

The 2010 meeting programme is expected to have sessions which cover the following areas

- Observational techniques and meteor detection programs - Meteor shower activity and forecasting - Dynamics, sources and spatial distribution of meteoroids including sporadic, swarm and interstellar meteoroids - Meteoroid interactions with Earth and planetary atmospheres; ablation, fragmentation, deceleration. - Atmospheric effects induced by meteors; Physics and chemistry of meteor interactions processes in the Mesosphere and Lower Thermosphere. - Astromineralogy: properties of meteoroids - Interrelationships: meteoroids b � IDPs b � dust - micrometeorites-meteorites - Meteoroid flux and impact hazard; Hypervelocity impacts on the Moon and spacecraft - Meteor studies in astrobiology: organics and delivery process - New techniques for detections of meteors and fireballs - Meteor detection including cameras, telescopes, lidar, seismic and infrasound sensors - Radar observations and large aperture radars

Both, invited and contributed talks, will be included in the program. The program schedule will encourage informal interchange between the different research communities. Deadlines for registration and abstract submission for contributed talks and posters will be announced in the Fall of 2009.

  • Scientific Organizing Committee:
    • Dr. Diego Janches (NorthWest Research Associates/CoRADivision, Co,

USA) - Chairman

    • Dr. William Cooke (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Al, USA)
    • Prof. Peter Brown (UWO, Canada)
    • Dr. Pavel Spurny (Ondrejov Observatory, Czech Republic)
    • Prof. Iwan Williams (Queen Mary College, U.K.)
    • Prof. Jun'Ichi Watanabe (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan,


    • Dr. Lars Dyrud (Center for Remote Sensing, Inc, VA, USA)
    • Prof. John Plane (University of Leeds, U.K.)
    • Dr. Sigrid Close (Los Alamos National Lab, NM, USA)
    • Dr. Olga Popova (Institute for Dynamics of Geospheres, Moscow, Russia)
    • Prof. Josep Trigo-Rodriguez (Institute of Space Sciences (IEEC-

CSIC), Barcelona, Spain)

    • Prof. Frans Rietmeijer (University of New Mexico, USA)
    • Dr. Douglas ReVelle (Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM, USA)
    • Dr. William Bottke (SWRI, Boulder, Co, USA)
    • Dr. Peter Jenniskens (SETI Institute, Ca, USA)
  • Local Organizing Committee:
    • Dr. Diego Janches (
    • Ms. Janet Biggs (
    • Mr. Andrew Frahm
    • Ms Naomi Edelberg