AMERICAN GEOPHYSICAL UNION
SPA SECTION NEWSLETTER
Volume XXIV, Issue 28
Editor: Peter Chi
Co-Editor: Guan Le
Distribution Support: Sharon Uy, Marjorie Sowmendran, Todd King, Kevin Addison
E-mail: editor at igpp.ucla.edu
Announcement Submission Website: http://goo.gl/forms/qjcm4dDr4g
Table of Contents
1. MEETING: SPD Meeting, Portland, OR, August 21 – 25, 2017
2. SESSION: SHINE 2017 “Disentangling Expansion Effects and Collisional Relaxation in the Solar Wind”
3. New Additions to the OMNIWeb, Virtual Energetic Particle Observatory (VEPO) and Coordinated Heliospheric Observations Web (COHOWeb) Data Services
4. Deadline Extension (#2): Submission to the MMS Special Collection of JGR
5. Course on “Complexity and Turbulence in Space Plasmas” of the International School of Space Science. 12-16 June 2017, L’Aquila, Italy
6. BOOK: “Waves, Particles, and Storms in Geospace” Edited by Georgios Balasis, Ioannis A. Daglis, and Ian R. Mann
7. Cheng Fang Chosen to Write Solar Physics Memoir for 2018
8. JOB OPENING: Assistant Professor, Tier II Canada Research Chair, Geospace Dynamics and Space Plasma Physics, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Calgary
9. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Position in Space Plasma Simulation at Imperial College London, Space and Atmospheric Physics Group
10. JOB OPENING: PDRA Position at UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory
MEETING: SPD Meeting, Portland, OR, August 21 – 25, 2017
From: Holly Gilbert (holly.r.gilbert at nasa.gov)
The next SPD meeting will be held in conjunction with the 2017 total solar eclipse. The SPD meeting will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton located at 1000 NE Multnomah Street, Portland, OR.
Abstract submission deadlines:
Regular Deadline: 30 May 2017, 9:00 pm ET
Late Deadline: 20 June 2017, 9:00 pm ET (Poster abstracts only)
The hotel reservation system and meeting registration is now open on the SPD website: https://aas.org/meetings/spd48. You have to register before receiving a link via email for hotel reservations (this is to protect our block).
A block of rooms is reserved for SPD members with the following group rates:
Standard Queen $194 + tax/night (single or double occupancy)
A smaller block of rooms is available at the government per diem rate: $169 + tax/night.
SESSION: SHINE 2017 “Disentangling Expansion Effects and Collisional Relaxation in the Solar Wind”
From: Benjamin L. Alterman, Kristopher G. Klein, Bennett A. Maruca, Daniel Verscharen (balterma at umich.edu)
This year’s NSF SHINE Workshop will take place in Saint-Sauveur, Quebec, Canada from July 24th to July 28th. We are organizing a session with the title “Disentangling Expansion Effects and Collisional Relaxation in the Solar Wind.” We aim to address the question:
How do global expansion and collisional relaxation determine the state of the solar wind?
Our goal is to understand and distinguish between the macrophysical expansion effects, microphysical collisionless processes, and collisions that are involved in a complete physics-based description of the solar wind. The full abstract can be found on the SHINE website. (http://shinecon.org/shine2017/session2017.php#session1) Disentangling these phenomena will be crucial to the upcoming Solar Probe Plus and Solar Orbiter missions. We solicit contributions based on observational, theoretical, and numerical studies to stimulate an interdisciplinary discussion of global and local plasma effects in the solar wind.
Please note the following deadlines:
Early-bird registration: May 26
Abstracts: June 23
We hope to see you in Saint-Sauveur!
Benjamin L. Alterman
Kristopher G. Klein
Bennett A. Maruca
New Additions to the OMNIWeb, Virtual Energetic Particle Observatory (VEPO) and Coordinated Heliospheric Observations Web (COHOWeb) Data Services
From: Natalia Papitashvili, John Cooper (Natalia.E.Papitashvili at nasa.gov)
The new time series “Stack Plot” option for Graphical browse and listing was added at https://omniweb.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/ftpbrowser/flux_spectr_m.html.
This new OMNIWeb/VEPO browser function allows time history plots of multiple flux channels from the same instrument source in different colors on the same plot panel. Other existing services include multi-spectral, ratio, and scatterplot functions to support enhanced browsing of flux data from different channels, instruments, and spacecraft. VEPO is operated in collaboration with the NASA Space Physics Data Facility (SPDF).
Solar wind moments data for 2008 – 2016 from the Solar Wind at Pluto (SWAP) plasma spectrometer on the New Horizons spacecraft data have been added to the COHOWeb data browser at https://omniweb.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/coho/. Continuous data are only available from mid-2014 onward. The same data were earlier posted on SPDF’s Coordinated Data Analysis Web (CDAWeb) browser at
Deadline Extension (#2): Submission to the MMS Special Collection of JGR
From: Matthew Argall, Daniel Gershman, Shan Wang, Frederick Wilder (matthew.argall at unh.edu)
The submission deadline for the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) special collection of JGR has been extended one final time by four weeks. The new, firm deadline is July 1st, 2017. The collection will gather together the wide range of discoveries made by MMS throughout its first primary mission phase. Anyone analyzing MMS data is encouraged to submit. Details are below:
July 1, 2017
Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission results throughout the first primary mission phase
The Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission was launched March 15, 2015 with the goal of studying the microphysics of magnetic reconnection. During its second day-side pass, the inter-spacecraft separation was reduced to as little as 7km, or 2-3 electron skin depths at the magnetopause, allowing electron-scale physics to be spatially resolved and investigated. The unprecedented temporal resolution of the fields and particle instrument suites has advanced our understanding of dynamical processes from the bowshock, through the magnetosheath, across the magnetopause and into the inner magnetosphere and magnetotail. This special issue expands upon discoveries made during the first day-side and tail passes, and provides in-depth reports of new findings from the second day-side pass.
Course on “Complexity and Turbulence in Space Plasmas” of the International School of Space Science. 12-16 June 2017, L’Aquila, Italy
From: Giuseppe Consolini (giuseppe.consolini at iaps.inaf.it)
The International School of Space Science of the Consorzio Interuniversitario per la Fisica Spaziale organizes a Course on “Complexity and Turbulence in Space Plasmas”, to be held in L’Aquila, Italy, September 18-23, 2017, directed by G. Consolini (INAF-IAPS, Roma, Italy), M. Echim (Royal Belgium Institute for Space Aeronomy, Bruxelles, Belgium, and Institute of Space Science, Magurele, Romania).
The matter of the universe is primarily in the plasma state and the dynamics of space plasmas is extremely complex entailing the interplay of out-of-equilibrium matter and fields. As a consequence of the matter-field interaction and of the intrinsic collective nature of plasmas the resulting dynamics is often characterized by “complexity” and “turbulence”. Indeed, turbulence is very quite ubiquitous in both astrophysical and space plasma contexts. Recently, great advances have been done in the characterization of the turbulent and complex features of space plasmas in the magneto-hydrodynamic domain. However, a full understanding of several processes, such as plasma heating and acceleration, requires going beyond the MHD description, moving towards the kinetic domain and/or adopting the language of “matter mechanics” instead of “field theory”. The use of a simple field theory description, would hide the real complexity of such systems, that is related to the particle nature and manifests in the emergence of mesoscopic multi-scale coherent plasma structures. Scientific objective and scope of the course are to provide to young researchers and PhD students an overview of the recent advances in the description of small scale processes in space plasmas involving dynamical complexity and turbulence, as well as, novel approaches (kinetic description, stochastic field theory, etc.) to the dynamics at these scales.
Applications are due before June 4, 2017.
For more information visit http://www.cifs-isss.org/ or send an e-mail to email@example.com
BOOK: “Waves, Particles, and Storms in Geospace” Edited by Georgios Balasis, Ioannis A. Daglis, and Ian R. Mann
From: Georgios Balasis (gbalasis at noa.gr)
“Waves, Particles, and Storms in Geospace” edited by Georgios Balasis, Ioannis A. Daglis, and Ian R. Mann
Oxford University Press, 2016; ISBN: 9780198705246.
Hardcover, also available as an ebook.
Geospace features highly dynamic populations of charged particles with a wide range of energies from thermal to ultra-relativistic. Influenced by magnetic and electric fields in the terrestrial magnetosphere driven by solar wind forcing, changes in the numbers and energies of these particles lead to a variety of space weather phenomena, some of which are detrimental to space infrastructure. “Waves, Particles, and Storms in Geospace” presents an overview of the latest discoveries and current scientific understanding of the coupling of electromagnetic waves and charged particles during magnetic storms, and explains the observed dynamics of these particle populations. The book furthermore includes investigations relevant to understanding and forecasting this space environment and the adverse impacts of space weather.
High-energy electrons and ions in the Van Allen radiation belts and the ring current are of particular interest and importance with regard to the operation of space-based technological infrastructure upon which 21st century civilisation increasingly relies. This book presents the latest research on the sources, transport, acceleration and loss of these energetic particle populations, as well as their coupling during geospace magnetic storms.
The book is separated into seventeen chapters that
Provide a detailed description of electromagnetic waves, energetic charged particles, and their coupling during geospace magnetic storms.
Review the most recent scientific advances.
Include the basic properties and the current state-of-the-art understanding of this highly coupled system.
Serve as a comprehensive reference for active researchers, graduate students, and senior undergraduate students with interests in the solar-terrestrial connection, space plasma physics, and the dynamics of the space radiation environment.
More information, including the table of contents, can be found at the official Oxford University Press website:
Cheng Fang Chosen to Write Solar Physics Memoir for 2018
From: Ed Cliver (ecliver at nso.edu) and Lidia van Driel-Gesztelyi (Lidia.vanDriel at obspm.fr)
We are pleased to announce that Cheng Fang has been selected to write the Solar Physics Memoir for 2018. Professor Fang pioneered the development of Chinese solar physics and laid the foundation for many fruitful collaborations with the west. He designed and built the Solar Tower Telescope in Nanjing and the ONSET telescope in Yunnan, China. He was elected to be an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1995. The memoir series has three main goals: (1) to honor colleagues for distinguished careers, (2) to provide long-term personal perspectives on solar science; and (3) to help educate younger members of the community. The selection committee is chaired by Ed Cliver and includes Paul Cally, Peng-Fei Chen, Sarah Gibson, Jim Klimchuk, Eric Priest, Kazunari Shibata, Sami Solanki, and Astrid Veronig. Please contact any of them with suggestions for next year’s honoree.
JOB OPENING: Assistant Professor, Tier II Canada Research Chair, Geospace Dynamics and Space Plasma Physics, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Calgary
From: David Knudsen (knudsen at ucalgary.ca)
Please note the following career opportunity at the University of Calgary:
JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Position in Space Plasma Simulation at Imperial College London, Space and Atmospheric Physics Group
From: Jonathan Eastwood (jonathan.eastwood at imperial.ac.uk)
The Space and Atmospheric Physics Group are seeking a Research Assistant/Associate to perform, analyse and interpret high performance computer simulations related to the magnetosphere and radiation belts. The aim of the work is to model the behaviour of the radiation belts during extreme space weather events. The work will involve using a variety of computer simulation codes developed in the plasma physics group at Imperial College together with high performance computing services including Imperial’s CX1 system and the NERC ARCHER system. The work will be performed in the context of a new NERC-funded consortium led by the British Antarctic Survey (Rad-Sat) whose goal is to model the acceleration, transport and loss of radiation belt electrons to protect satellites from space weather. Working with Dr. Jonathan Eastwood and based in the space and atmospheric physics group, the post holder will work closely with Prof. Jerry Chittenden and the plasma physics group in the further development of the simulation codes. The post holder will also have the opportunity to support the Department’s teaching activities. It is expected that the post holder will use the position to develop their track record and research independence. Further information about the Space and Atmospheric Physics Group and the Plasma Physics Group can be found at www.imperial.ac.uk/spat and www.imperial.ac.uk/plasma-physics.
The position is a full-time fixed term appointment for 24 months. The application deadline is 20 June 2017. For further information about desired skills and experience, and to apply for the post go to: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/job-applicants/, click on job search and search for job reference NS2017087KL.
JOB OPENING: PDRA Position at UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory
From: Robert Wicks (r.wicks at ucl.ac.uk)
The Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL), based near Dorking in Surrey, UK, seek to appoint a scientifically productive post-doctoral scientist to undertake research in the area of space plasma physics, with particular emphasis on studies which are relevant to our preparations for the upcoming ESA Solar Orbiter mission. UCL/MSSL is the Principal Investigator institute for the Solar Wind Analyser (SWA) suite of instruments for this mission. The appointee will be expected to use relevant data from current or previous missions to perform scientific investigations prior to the availability of the state-of-the-art SWA data which will be collected by Solar Orbiter following launch in 2019.
The appointee will be expected and encouraged to participate in wider group scientific activities, including more general preparations for future space plasma research missions. The post is available immediately, through to the end of March 2019 in the first instance, with a possible extension thereafter subject to obtaining funding through renewal of the post under the MSSL Solar System Research Consolidated Grant from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), or through additional national or international funding sources.
The post holder will conduct original research within the field of solar wind and space plasma science with particular emphasis on the formation and evolution of the solar wind through the heliosphere. He/she will be encouraged to undertake domestic and international travel in support of the research programme. The successful candidate will be required to undertake original research primarily in solar wind physics, with particular emphasis on preparatory science for the upcoming Solar Orbiter mission; communicate research through the publication of peer-reviewed journal articles and participation at relevant conferences and workshops.
A detailed job description and details of how to apply can be found here:
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