Community:Email 21feb14

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This is a generic mailing to the CEDAR community sent 21 February 2014. 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) C/NOFS satellite will operate until 31 July 2014. From louise.gentile.1 at See also

(2) International coordinated observations along the 120E/60W Meridian Circle. From Shunrong Zhang (shunrong at

(3) The 12th International Conference on Substorms (ICS-12) (Nov.10-14, 2014 at Ise-Shima, Japan) - Abstracts and travel support applications due 30 June. From Kazuo Shiokawa (shiokawa at See also

(4) JOB OPENING: Lightning Postdoc position in Department of Physics and Space Sciences at Florida Institute of Technology - reviews begin 20 March. From: Ningyu Liu (

(1) C/NOFS satellite will operate until 31 July 2014

From louise.gentile.1 at

The Communication/Navigation Outage Forecasting System (C/NOFS) satellite resumed operation in November 2013. It had been put in safe mode on 15 June 2013 when funding ran out. C/NOFS operations are currently funded until 31 July 2014. Data are available as before from AFRL's C/NOFS Data Center. Register at:

(2) International coordinated observations along the 120E/60W Meridian Circle

From Shunrong Zhang (shunrong at

Dynamics and coupling processes in the geospace system of the magnetosphere, ionosphere and thermosphere often exhibit complex temporal and spatial characteristics. The meridian circle of 120E/60W longitude across America and Asian longitude sectors is of particular geophysical interest arising from the fact of distinctive and opposite offsets associated with geomagnetic field configuration. Space weather and climate along the circle have demonstrated various important aspects as a function of longitude and latitude. Further understanding the underlying sciences driving vertical coupling and horizontal variability requires dedicated and coordinated observations. We are organizing observational campaigns on a global scale to improve our capability in space weather and climate monitoring along the circle and promoting relevant research efforts.

Core ground-based upper atmospheric observational facilities consist of Chinese Meridian Project observatories in Asia sectors, a newly operational space weather monitoring system, and US-NSF geospace facilities (in particular, incoherent scatter radars as well as other optical and radio instruments) in America sectors. Many other facilities from Japan, China and those neighboring Asian countries are also planning to join the campaign. Our focus is the 120E/60W meridian, however, observations from surrounding areas can put us on an appropriate context, and therefore are strongly encouraged to participate. Two observational windows have been selected with an intention to encounter space weather disturbances:

(1) March 24 (0000 UT) – April 6 (2400UT), 2014

(2) September 16 (0000UT) – October 1 (2400UT), 2014

Data collected from the campaigns will be made available at the Madrigal/CEDAR database, the Meridian Project database center, and other local data inventories. We are looking forward to interested parties in participating data taking, modeling, and science analysis.

Coordinators: Shunrong Zhang ( and John Foster, Haystack/Millstone Hill Observatory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Guotao Yang and Zhaohui Huang, National Space Science Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences

(3) The 12th International Conference on Substorms (ICS-12) (Nov.10-14, 2014 at Ise-Shima, Japan) - Abstracts and travel support applications due 30 June.

From Kazuo Shiokawa (shiokawa at

We announce that the abstract submission site of ICS-12 has now been opened at the following ICS-12 web site. The deadline of abstract submission and financial support request is June 30, 2014.

title: The 12th International Conference on Substorms (ICS-12)
date: November 10-14, 2014
venue: Ise-Shima Royal Hotel, Shima, Japan
web site:

Tutorial Speakers (confirmed): Syn-Ichi Akasofu (UAF), Vassilis Angelopoulous (UCLA), Dan Baker (LASP)

Invited Speakers (confirmed): Slava Merkin, Stefan Kiehas, Iku Shinohara, Toshi Nishimura, Frank Toffoletto, Larry Kepko, Victor Sergeev, Lasse Clausen, Jesper Gjerloev, Steve Milan, Eija Tanskanen, Joachim Birn, Phil Pritchett, Pontus Brandt, Mike Henderson, Evgeny Panov, Jonathan Rae, Suzie Imber, and Barry Mauk

Description of the Conference: Over the half century since the first finding of the auroral substorm by Akasofu (1964), auroral and magnetospheric substorm has been one of the main topic for the scientists in space physics. Not only giving the spectacular auroral view, substorm contains various fundamental processes of plasma acceleration and dissipation in the magnetosphere and the ionosphere. Recent satellite missions of THEMIS and Van Allen Probes as well as several modeling efforts are giving more insights into the relationship between the mid-tail plasma sheet and the inner magnetosphere and the relationship between substorms and storms. Extended ground imager, radar, and magnetometer arrays provide more complex dynamical features of the magnetosphere during subtorms.

During ICS-12 we are going to highlight the most recent results in substorm research. Topical sessions may cover substorm processes in the tail, interaction between the tail and the inner magnetosphere and ionosphere, substorm currents and its dynamics, and the role of substorm in geospace energetics, as well as the role of MHD and kinetic instabilities in substorms. Other substorm-related researches are also welcomed, such as storm-substorm relationship, ULF/ELF/VLF waves, and non-Earth substorm-like features. Ample opportunity will be given for discussions on the new results.

SOC of the ICS-12: Olaf Amm, Eric Donovan, Mei-Ching Fok, Masaki Fujimoto, Karl-Heinz Glasmeier, Marc Lessard, Mark Lester, Rumi Nakamura, Yoshiharu Omura, Andrei Runov, Mikhail Panasyuk, Ondrej Santolik, Jean-Andre Sauvaud, Kazuo Shiokawa (chair), Dave Sibeck, and Xiaogang Wang

(4) JOB OPENING: Lightning Postdoc position in Department of Physics and Space Sciences at Florida Institute of Technology - reviews begin 20 March.

From: Ningyu Liu (

Department of Physics & Space Sciences at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, FL, U.S.A invites applications for a postdoctoral position as part of a U.S. National Science Foundation funded project: “Investigating Lightning Initiation and Propagation with an Advanced Computer Model and Code.” The successful applicant will join Florida Tech’s lightning research team to develop computer models to study lightning initiation and propagation, and will participate in ongoing projects on energetic radiation from lightning and the effects of lightning in the middle and upper atmosphere. A Ph.D. in physics, electrical engineering or a related field is required. Strong programming skills are required, and experiences with code development relevant to plasma discharge physics and/or atmospheric and space electricity are highly desirable. The successful applicant should be able to work independently and have excellent scientific writing skills. He/she is also expected to supervise student researchers. The initial appointment will be for one year with possible renewal for three additional years. Applications, including a CV and the names, e-mails, and phone numbers of three references should be sent to Dr. Ningyu Liu, Department of Physics and Space Sciences, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL 32901, U.S.A. (Email: Review of applications will begin on March 20, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. Florida Tech is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.