Issue 117, 3 December, 2002

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1. Reminder – Living with a Star Town Hall Meeting at Fall AGU:
Opportunities for Geospace Science
2. AGU Nonlinear Geophysics Focus Group (NG) Activities at Fall Meeting
3. Call for Abstracts for IUGG 2003 General Assembly Symposium GAIII.10 on
“How Can We Use Waves as Diagnostic Probes for Space Weather Studies?”
4. Call for Papers for 2003 Joint URSI/IEEE Meeting Session on “Lightning
Effects in the Upper Atmosphere”
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1. Reminder – Living with a Star Town Hall Meeting at Fall AGU:
Opportunities for Geospace Science
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From: Madhulika Guhathakurta (mguhatha@mail.hq.nasa.gov)

The Living with a Star Program invites you to attend a Town Hall meeting at
the American Geophysical Union 2002 Fall meeting in San Francisco. The
purpose of the meeting is to present to the Sun-Earth Connections science
community the recommendations of the NASA Headquarters selected Geospace
Mission Definition Team, to solicit comments and suggestions from the
community, and to provide information on the plans for the Geospace element
of Living With a Star.

The Town Hall meeting will be held on Monday, December 9, at 6:45 PM
(following the Union Agency Lecture U12B at 5:30 PM) in room 274 of the
Moscone Convention Center.

The agenda for the meeting includes:
1. LWS Program Overview and Plans for the Future
2. LWS/Geospace Science Objectives and Priorities
3. The Radiation Belt and Ionosphere-Thermosphere Storm Probe missions
4. The Broader Geospace Program, Opportunities for Participation
5. Comments, Questions and Answers

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2. AGU Nonlinear Geophysics Focus Group (NG) Activities at Fall Meeting
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From: “A. Surjalal Sharma (SPP)”

The AGU Nonlinear Geophysics Focus Group has planned many activities
during the Fall meeting and many of these are of interest to the SPA
community. Among the planned activities is the 3rd Lorenz Lecture to
be delivered by Prof. Donald Turcotte, Cornell University, on
“Self-Organized Complexity in Geophysics” (1630 NG52B MCC 103).

The NG business luncheon meeting will be hled on Friday, Dec. 6,
Noon-1:30 PM, in room MC 262. You are invited to this meeting and your
ideas and views will contribute in developing the future activities of NG,
in particular those with significant overlap with SPA activities.

The Nonlinear Geophysics Focus Group (NG) is one of the AGU focus groups
and members have the choice of making it their primary or secondary
affiliation. Interested SPA members are encouraged to make NG their
secondary affiliation so that the news and announcements of NG reach
you promptly.

Your ideas and suggestions are welcome as always.

Surja Sharma
Vice Chair
AGU Nonlinear Geophysics Focus Group

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3. Call for Abstracts for IUGG 2003 General Assembly Symposium GAIII.10 on
“How Can We Use Waves as Diagnostic Probes for Space Weather Studies?”
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From: Kiyohumi Yumoto

Meeting place: Sapporo, Japan
Meeting dates: June 30 – July 11, 2003
Abstract deadline: January 20, 2003 (postal)
January 30, 2003 (electronic)
More information
(circulars etc.): http://www.jamstec.go.jp/jamstec-e/iugg/index.html

This symposium will focus on the use of ULF, ELF and VLF waves as
diagnostic probes of the solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere coupled
system for a space weather studies. These waves convey information about
the dynamics and morphology of the magnetosphere and its coupling to the
solar wind and ionosphere. Papers obtained using new and established
techniques from coordinated ground and space-based observations are
strongly encouraged.

Convener:
Kiyohumi Yumoto, Space Environment Research Center,
Kyushu University, Japan
Tel: +81-92-642-2673; Fax: +81-92-642-2673 or 2685
e-mail: yumoto@geo.kyushu-u.ac.jp

Co-Conveners:
Frederick Menk, University of Newcastle, Australia
Andy Smith, British Antarctic Survey, UK

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4. Call for Papers for 2003 Joint URSI/IEEE Meeting Session on “Lightning
Effects in the Upper Atmosphere”
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From: Steve Cummer (cummer@ee.duke.edu) and Gar Bering (eabering@uh.edu)

2003 Joint URSI National Meeting/IEEE Antennas and Propagation
Society International Symposium: Columbus, Ohio, June 20-29, 2003

Joint session organized by Commissions H and G: Lightning Effects in
the Upper Atmosphere

This session will cover all aspects of coupling between lightning and
the magnetosphere/ionosphere/mesosphere system. Papers are solicited
on recent experimental and theoretical results in studies of energetic
coupling of tropospheric thunderstorms to the mesospheric, ionospheric,
and magnetospheric regions. Contributions on sprites and related
phenomena, radiation belt interactions, and related electromagnetic
effects are welcome, as are those on related topics, such as the local
and global effects of these processes and the characteristics of
lightning responsible for these phenomena.

The DEADLINE for receipt of abstracts is JANUARY 15, 2003

The web page http://aps2003.eng.ohio-state.edu/ contains general
information, abstract submission instructions and guidelines. All
abstracts for the IEEE/URSI 2003 meeting must be submitted through the
web. Please consult the web page listed above for specific details.

Please also send a copy of your submission to the one of the session
organizers (note that this copy does not substitute the required
submission):

Steve Cummer (cummer@ee.duke.edu, fax: 919-660-5293)
Duke University
Hudson Hall 130
PO Box 90291
Durham, NC 27708

or

Gar Bering (eabering@uh.edu, fax: 713-743-3589)
Physics Department
University of Houston
617 Science and Research Bldg 1
Houston, TX 77204-5005

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