[title SPA SECTION NEWSLETTER, Volume XXIV, Issue 32]
[category newsletter-volume-xxiv-2017]
Editor: Peter Chi Co-Editor: Guan Le Distribution Support: Sharon Uy, Marjorie Sowmendran, Todd King, Kevin Addison E-mail: editor at
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Table of Contents
1. Proposed elimination of the USGS Geomagnetism Program
2. JGR-Space Physics Editor Blog Monthly Highlights
3. Monday Science Telecon
4. JOB OPENING: NASA Civil Service Position at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Proposed elimination of the USGS Geomagnetism Program
From: Carol Finn and Jeffrey Love (jlove at
The President’s fiscal year 2018 budget request, released May 23, 2017, proposes a cut in the budget of the Department of Interior, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that would, effective Oct 1, 2017, eliminate the USGS Geomagnetism Program (a $1.9 million/year program with 12 full-time equivalent employee positions and which supports the operation of 14 magnetic observatories in the United States and Territories). Background:
The USGS Geomagnetism Program is an integral part of the multiagency Space Weather Operations, Response, and Mitigation (SWORM) Subcommittee within the United States National Science and Technology Council. The role of the Geomagnetism Program in SWORM is highlighted in the bipartisan Space Weather Research and Forecasting Act (S. 141) that was passed by unanimous consent, in the United States Senate on May 2, 2017.
The USGS Geomagnetism Program operates magnetic observatories that provide real-time, long-term data streams that are used by government, academic, and the commercial sectors for a wide variety of scientific and operational purposes. The Program’s observatory data are used for: (1) geomagnetic storm alerts that are widely used, including for protecting the Nation’s electric power grid, satellite systems, and other critical infrastructure; (2) products and services that support multiple Department of Defense and National Intelligence Community activities; (3) directional drilling for oil and gas; (4) geophysical surveys and geomagnetic field mapping.
The USGS Geomagnetism Program conducts targeted research of importance to modern society. In recent years, Program research has been focused on the evaluation and monitoring of magnetic-storm geoelectric hazards that can interfere with the operation of electric-power grids. Projects include: (1) statistical maps of extreme-magnetic-storm geoelectric hazards; (2) real-time maps of geomagnetic variation across North America; (3) real-time maps of geoelectric fields across the continental United States; and (4) contributing to completion of the U.S. EarthScope magnetotelluric (MT) survey needed to evaluate geoelectric hazards.
If the United States Congress accepts the President’s proposed elimination of the USGS Geomagnetism Program and if another source of funding cannot be found, Program research will cease, and the operation of all USGS magnetic observatories will be terminated.
This means that there would be almost no reliable, real-time, open-access source for geomagnetic monitoring data for the United States and its territories. Long time series of geomagnetic activity, some exceeding a century in duration, would be interrupted. This would, in turn, cripple the following data-derived products: (1) standard geomagnetic activity indices (Dst, Kp, AE) that are needed to issue geomagnetic storm alerts and model geospace; and (2) the International Geomagnetic Reference Field (IGRF) model that is widely used for navigation and research.
The following would be adversely affected: (1) the USGS-led project within SWORM for evaluating geoelectric hazards of importance to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC); (2) operations of the 557th Weather Wing of the U.S. Air Force (USAF); (3) operations of the Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC) of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD); (4) operations of the Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); (5) numerous research projects sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); (6) foreign-national geomagnetic projects, such as those of the Kyoto World Data Center (Japan) and the GeoForschungsZentrum (Germany); (7) commercial sector services such as those provided by Space Environment Technologies, PingThings, Inc., and Computational Physics, Inc.; and (8) collaboration between the USGS and Schlumberger that supports directional drilling for oil and gas in Alaska.
Carol A. Finn, Geomagnetism Group Leader,
Jeffrey J. Love, USGS Advisor for Geomagnetic Research,
JGR-Space Physics Editor Blog Monthly Highlights
From: Mike Liemohn (liemohn at
I had several non-journal but space physics-related posts in May. Plus, the Editor-in-chief position of Reviews of Geophysics is opening up.
May 5: follow the renovation of the AGU building
May 15: now is the time to submit your application materials for RoG EiC
May 19: submit your stories and pictures to AGU’s Tumblr account
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Monday Science Telecon
From: David Sibeck (david.g.sibeck at
At 12:00 noon EST on Monday (June 12), we plan to hold the next in our ongoing series of science telecons. The speaker this Monday will be Kareem Sorathia from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. The topic will be “Test-Particle Simulations with a Global Magnetospheric Model: Energetic Particle Loss through the Magnetopause”.
The telecom will be broadcast live via webex. If you would like to join, please go to, search for the ‘Dayside Science’ meeting, enter your name and contact information, and then the meeting password, which is Substorm1!
To hear the audio, do not dial the number that pops up on the webex website. Instead, please dial the following toll free (in the United States) number: 1-844-467-6272 with passcode 901533
Please remember to mute your telephone if you are not speaking.
Looking forward to speaking with you.
JOB OPENING: NASA Civil Service Position at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
From: Adam Szabo (Adam.Szabo at
The Heliospheric Physics Laboratory, Heliophysics Science Division, at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center seeks a research scientist with expertise in the area of Heliophysics and more specifically the properties of the solar wind plasma and interplanetary magnetic fields.
Candidates having multiple years of experience in spacecraft instrument data reduction and analysis are highly desired. U.S. citizenship is required. A Ph.D. degree in physics, geophysics, astrophysics or related discipline is highly desirable. The appointment begins in late 2017. The appointment is for a GS-14 position with salary commensurate with the applicant’s past experience.
To view the full vacancy announcement, which contains further information including qualification requirements and application instructions, go to A guide to the application process can be found at The application will be open between June 1 and June 30, 2017. Applications must be received by June 30, 2017 via the USAJobs website. For additional questions, please contact Dr. Adam Szabo, Chief/Heliospheric Physics Laboratory, via e-mail at
NASA GSFC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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