Issue 119, 6 December, 2002

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1. Reminder Notice for the Topside Workshop Meeting
2. Call for Abstracts for AGU/EGS Meeting Session PS 9.2 on “Solar System
Radio Astronomy with LOFAR”
3. Call for Abstracts for IUGG 2003 General Assembly Session GAII.05 on “Data
Assimilation Techniques for the Ionosphere-Thermosphere-Magnetosphere
System”
4. Student Opportunity – Master of Science in Space Science Program at the
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Department of Physical Sciences
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1. Reminder Notice for the Topside Workshop Meeting
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From: John Meriwether

This is a reminder that the Topside Workshop Meeting of 2003, scheduled
for the dates of January 21-22, 2003 is only six weeks away. Please
e-mail John Meriwether(john.meriwether@ces.clemson.edu) if you are
planning to attend. There will be a registration fee of $25 for the
meeting plus a $5 voluntary alcoholic beverage charge for the dinner on
the 21st of January. (Both fees to be paid by check or cash at the
meeting). Rooms have been reserved for attendees of this meeting at the
Martin Inn

http://virtual.clemson.edu/groups/madren/toc/martin/index.htm

(call either 1-888-654-9020 or 1-864-654-9020 ) until December 20. Other
places in Clemson are available for lodging (http://www.clemsonchamber.org/)
(look along the links of ‘services’ and ‘accommodation’). Further details
regarding the agenda and the Topside Workshop science issues are available
at the web site set up by Phil Erickson at the Millstone Hill Observatory:

http://www.haystack.mit.edu/science/topside_wkshp.

The members of the organizing committee (Sixto Gonzalez, Phil Erickson,
Bob Kerr, and John Meriwether) are looking forward to an interesting
meeting of the minds in regard to such questions as the hot oxygen
population of the geocorona, the helium/hydrogen composition of the
topside ionosphere, possible solar cycle changes of hydrogen escape fluxes,
and other important topics. We are looking for active discussions so come
prepared with a viewgraph or two. Poster papers are welcomed – please
notify John Meriwether so poster boards can be procured.

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2. Call for Abstracts for AGU/EGS Meeting Session PS 9.2 on “Solar System
Radio Astronomy with LOFAR”
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From: Imke de Pater

The EGS (European Geophysical Society) and AGU (American Geophysical Union)
will hold a joint meeting in Nice, France, April 7-11, 2003.
(http://www.copernicus.org/egsagueug/) We are organizing a half day session
PS 9.2: “Solar System Radio Astronomy with LOFAR”, which will extend the
more general session PS 9.1: Solar System Radiophysics (conveners: C.H.
Barrow and P.H.M. Galopeau). Our LOFAR session will be focused on radio
astronomy within our Solar System that would benefit from LOFAR, a low
frequency array of telescopes (http://www.lofar.org). LOFAR is a major,
funded, international project to develop a new multi-element,
interferometric, imaging telescope designed for the 10-240 MHz frequency
range. By providing an increase in imaging power of 2-3 orders of magnitude
over previous capabilities, it will open a new window on one of the last
and most poorly explored region of the EM spectrum.

Main topics of this session comprise radio physics of Jupiter, extrasolar
planets, the Sun, with the inclusion of Space Weather (Solar-terrestrial
connection). This session, we hope, will bring together `planetary’ radio
astronomers as well as astronomers intimately involved in the LOFAR project.
Both passive and active (radar) experiments will be discussed and future
perspectives addressed.

We encourage people to come and give a contributed talk (ORAL and/or POSTER)
in this exciting session. Please Email us of your intentions. We also
welcome recommendations for invited speakers.

Session conveners:

Imke de Pater, Namir Kassim and Helmut Rucker

Important deadlines:

1. Deadline for Support Application: 01 December 2002
2. Deadline for “Early Bird” Registration: 31 December 2002
3. Deadline for Receipt of Abstracts: 15 January 2003
4. Deadline for Pre-Registration: 07 March 2003

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3. Call for Abstracts for IUGG 2003 General Assembly Session GAII.05 on “Data
Assimilation Techniques for the Ionosphere-Thermosphere-Magnetosphere
System”
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FROM: R. W. Schunk (schunk@cc.usu.edu)

IUGG 2003 General Assembly
Sapporo, Japan, June 30-July 11, 2003

GAII.05 Data Assimilation Techniques for the
Ionosphere-Thermosphere-Magnetosphere System

Data assimilation techniques have been widely used by both meteorologists and
oceanographers for several decades. In comparison, the space physics
community has been slow to implement data assimilation techniques, primarily
because of the lack of a sufficient number of measurements. However, this
situation is changing rapidly, and within 10 years, it is anticipated that
there will be several hundred thousand measurements per day in the
ionosphere-thermosphere-magnetosphere system. The data, which will come from
a variety of sources, will be available in real-time for ingestion into
physics-based specification and forecast models. Papers dealing with data
sources, data quality issues, and data assimilation models are welcome.

Convener: Robert W. Schunk, Center for Atmospheric and Space Sciences, Utah
State University, Logan, UT 84322-4405, USA, tel: +1-435-797-2978, fax:
+1-435-797-2992, schunk@cc.usu.edu

Co-Conveners: P.-L. Blelly (Centre d’Etudes Spatiales des Rayonnements,
France), Sawako Maeda (Fac. for Study of Contempory Society, Kyoto Women’s
University, Japan)

The first and second circulars for IUGG 2003, along with other information
for presenters, are available at the website:

http://www.jamstec.go.jp/jamstec-e/iugg/index.html

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4. Student Opportunity – Master of Science in Space Science Program at the
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Department of Physical Sciences
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From: “Dr. John Olivero”

The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Department of Physical Sciences,
Daytona Beach, FL is pleased to announce the inauguration of a new M.S.
program, as follows:

The Master of Science in Space Science (MSSPS) degree program is designed to
provide graduate-level education and training in space science and space
systems engineering. The goal is to provide graduates with the skills that
will allow them to make an immediate contribution to the space-related
industries, or to proceed to doctoral studies in a wide variety of
disciplines.

Students will gain a fundamental understanding of scientific and engineering
approaches to conceiving and designing complex spacecraft systems, and
develop a diverse set of research skills. The program highlights
scientific instrumentation, applied optics, remote sensing, spacecraft
subsystems, and a wide variety of topics in space science and engineering.

Research areas include experimental programs with satellite systems,
sounding rockets, ground based remote-sensing experiments, and a parallel
program of theoretical studies in the areas of space systems engineering,
upper atmospheric physics, space physics, plasma, and magnetospheric
physics.

The curriculum consists of 15 credits of required course work, with an
additional 18 credits of electives and/or thesis research.

Please direct inquires to: Dr. Peter Erdman, Program Coordinator
[386-226-6712; erdmanp@erau.edu] or to Dr. John Olivero, Department Chair
[386-226-6453; oliveroj@erau.edu]; also see
http://www.db.erau.edu/campus/departments/pscience/MSprogram/index.html

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