Table of Contents
1. Sondrestrom Research Facility
2. Please Subscribe to the GEM Messenger
3. MEETING: International EISCAT Symposium, 46AM Optical Meeting and EISCAT Radar School
4. A Special Issue on Airglow
5. SESSION: Interstellar Probe Session at EPSC-DPS (Abstract Deadline 8 May)
6. SESSION: Call for Abstract at a6 ESWW
7. Monday Science Telecon, May 13, 2019
8. Combining MMS 2D Distribution Slices with Tplot Windows
9. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral and Guest Researchers in Space Physics
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Sondrestrom Research Facility
From: Michael Wiltberger (mwiltber at
The Sondrestrom Research Facility (SRF) is a geophysical observatory located near the town of Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, that has provided over three decades of observations of the aurora as well as the polar and cusp regions of the ionosphere.
Following the recommendations to end Incoherent Scatter Radar (ISR) operations and investigate options for related observations from the site contained in the 2016 Geospace Portfolio Review (PR), the Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences Division (AGS) of NSF’s Geosciences Directorate ended support for research operations at SRF on March 31, 2018. Since that time NSF has worked with its contractors to monitor site, begin initial cleanup activities, and conducted an engineering and environmental assessment. This assessment was focused on determining the costs associated with three alternatives, 1) Demolition and Site restoration, 2) Establishing a Geospace Polar Observatory, and 3) Restoring Radar operations.
While NSF acknowledges the valuable science conducted at the SRF over the years as evidenced by the numerous publications, decades of funding and related research grants, based upon the PR recommendation, community feedback, and the engineering and environmental assessments, NSF has decided to proceed with selecting Alternative 1 – Demolition and Site Restoration.
Please Subscribe to the GEM Messenger
From: Jacob Bortnik and Paul Cassak on behalf of the GEM Steering Committee (jbortnik at )
We would like to remind all members of the AGU/SPA community who are interested in the scientific activities of NSF’s Geospace Environment Modeling program (GEM; to subscribe to the GEM Messenger. Instructions to do so are at
GEM is a broad-based, community-initiated research program focusing on the physics of Earth’s magnetosphere and its coupling to the atmosphere and the solar wind. GEM’s workshops are community-led and are designed to be interactive. The GEM Messenger is the primary means of communication between the GEM workshop organizers (as well as the steering committee) and the broader GEM community, and also includes meeting and employment announcements. It is especially important for all GEM members to be subscribed in the run-up to the GEM summer workshop (which this year is from June 23-28 in Santa Fe, New Mexico) for the latest information about travel, accommodation, and scheduling ( Please pass this message along to anyone who may not be subscribed yet, including postdocs and graduate students.
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MEETING: International EISCAT Symposium, 46AM Optical Meeting and EISCAT Radar School
From: Thomas Ulich (thomas.ulich at
The deadlines for registering for this summer’s EISCAT meetings are approaching fast! Early Bird registration ends 12th May 2019!
This summer, the 19th International EISCAT Symposium will be held jointly with the 46th Annual European Meeting on Atmospheric Studies by Optical Methods in Oulu, Finland, 19th-23rd August 2019. For more information, see:
Registration deadline Early Bird: 12th May 2019; Regular and Abstracts: 2nd June 2019.
Immediately preceding the conference, the International US/NSF-EISCAT Radar School will take place in Pikku-Syote (near Oulu), Finland, 12th-17th August 2019. For more information, see:
Application deadline: 26th May 2019
While these meetings are traditionally entitled EISCAT Symposium and EISCAT Radar School, they are open to anyone interested in the use and development of Incoherent Scatter Radars.
A Special Issue on Airglow
From: Tai-Yin Huang (tuh4 at
Dear Colleagues,
I’m delighted to send out a call for manuscript submissions to a special issue on “Atmospheric Airglow – Recent Advances in Observations, Experimentations, and Modeling” by an open-access journal Atmosphere. Submission deadline is Nov. 29, 2019. More information about the special issue and manuscript submission information can be found here,
If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Tai-Yin Huang, Professor of Physics Penn State Lehigh Valley Guest Editor
SESSION: Interstellar Probe Session at EPSC-DPS (Abstract Deadline 8 May)
From: Pontus C. Brandt (pontus.brandt at
EPSC-DPS Special Session: “Interstellar Probe: science, mission designs, opportunities and challenges”
An Interstellar Probe mission has been discussed since 1960 and studied by multiple groups since then. A new NASA-funded trade study is under way to design a mission concept using available or near-term technology. The cross-disciplinary science targets include exploration of the Very Local Interstellar Medium and its interaction with the heliosphere, characterization of the circum-solar dust disk, exploration of previously unexplored Kuiper Belt Objects, and observation of the extragalactic background light beyond the zodiacal cloud. A vantage point far away from the solar system, naturally enables these observations to be put in the context of other exoplanetary systems and astrospheres. At the same time, Chinese scientists are studying with their space agency CNSA a scenario in which two “Heliospheric Boundary Explorers”. Not only will the synergies between these two missions be particularly valuable, but also both of them will offer unique opportunities for broad international collaborations, including European contributions. This session will welcome reports on the unique science discoveries enabled by missions to the Interstellar Medium beyond heliospheric boundaries and will discuss their design concepts, enabling technologies and programmatic challenges.
Abstract Deadline: 8 May
Convener: Michel Blanc | Co-conveners: Pontus Brandt, Pascale Ehrenfreund, Kathleen Mandt, Merav Opher, Olivier Witasse
SESSION: Call for Abstract at a6 ESWW
From: Mirko Piersanti (mirko.piersanti at
Dear Colleagues,
We kindly invite you to contribute to the 16th European Space Weather Week session: Geomagnetic Storms: a Geomagnetically Induced Current perspective, that will be held in Liege, Belgium on 18 – 22 November, 2019, Liège.
The detail about the session are the following:
Conveners: Mirko Piersanti and Roberta Tozzi.
In the highly technological society we are living, the study of Space Weather is becoming increasingly important to protect the use of critical infrastructures both in space and on Earth. A recent USA Government research on the economic impact of a severe geomagnetic storm shows that the potential costs on the USA power grid could be of 1-2 trillion dollars. During a geomagnetic storm, the principal magnetospheric currents and the connected ionospheric currents are intensified causing rapid changes of the geomagnetic field. These variations generate Geomagnetically Induced Currents (GICs) at ground that can disrupt the operation of power grids, magnetic surveying, etc. This session aims to achieve a significant improvement in the global knowledge on the following important open questions: what are the magnetosphere-ionosphere processes driven by Space Weather events responsible for driving extreme GICs? what are the roles played by ionospheric turbulence, ground conductivity and the actual affected networks themselves in amplifying GICs? what are the main parameters/proxies/indices that could be used to forecast the building up of intense GICs? In this session, we invite papers about recent progress and current understanding of the physical processes of GICs, their associated impact on technologies as well as about the innovative use of mathematical methods that could provide new perspectives on GIC related research. Submissions that focus on observations, modelling, and theoretical understanding are all encouraged.
To submit your abstract, you can follow this link: . Please note that deadline for abstract submission is 9 June 2019 (there is no article processing charge)
We are looking forward to see you in Liège!
Monday Science Telecon, May 13, 2019
From: David Sibeck (david.g.sibeck at
At 12:00 noon EST on Monday (May 13), we plan to hold the next in our ongoing series of science telecons. The speaker this Monday will be Katariina Nykyri from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The topic will be “Magnetospheric Multi-Scale Observations of High-Energy Particles in a Magnetic Bottle at High-Latitude Magnetopause”.
The telecom will be broadcast live via webex. If you would like to join, please go to and enter the Meeting number: 280 328 066 (‘Dayside Science meeting). Please type 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.
Combining MMS 2D Distribution Slices with Tplot Windows
From: Eric Grimes, Jim Lewis, Vassilis Angelopoulos and the SPEDAS team (egrimes at
The SPEDAS development team invites you to a webinar we’ll be holding on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 where we’ll showcase our tools for combining MMS 2D distribution slices with tplot windows to create flipbook-style figures and movies.
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JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral and Guest Researchers in Space Physics
From: Mats André, Stephan Buchert, Emiliya Yordanova, Andrew Dimmock (mats.andre at
Swedish Institute of Space Physics is searching for a total of three persons to work on the following projects:
1. Direct observation of anomalous resistivity in collisionless plasmas, and its importance for magnetic reconnection, based on measurements of electric and magnetic fields and charged particles by the four NASA MMS satellites. 2. Energy budget of the topside ionosphere and upper thermosphere, based on observations by the three ESA Swarm satellites. 3. Investigation of the dynamics of the terrestrial magnetosheath during disturbed solar wind conditions based on multi-spacecraft observations (solar wind monitors, MMS, Themis, Cluster, Geotail), and the resulting geomagnetic responses measured by ground magnetometers (IMAGE, MIRACLE) at high latitudes.
Last Application Date: 2019-05-15
For further information please contact: Prof. Mats André, e-mail: +46-18-471 59 13 Dr. Stephan Buchert, e-mail: +46-18-471 59 28 Dr. Emiliya Yordanova, e-mail: +46-18-471 59 30 Dr. Andrew Dimmock, e-mail: +46-18-471 59 23
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