AMERICAN GEOPHYSICAL UNION SPA SECTION NEWSLETTER Volume XXVI, Issue 32 May.15,2019
Table of Contents
1. SPA Images for AGU Centennial
2. JGR-Space Physics Editor Blog Monthly Highlights
3. Call for Nominations: International Space Weather and Space Climate Medals
4. MEETING: “Scintillating Science: Cutting-Edge Science Achieved Through the Observations of Radio Scintillation” Workshop, July 15-19, 2019 — Second Announcement
5. MEETING: SHINE 2019, August 5-9 – Registration Open: Student Financial Aid & Early Registration Deadlines Soon
6. MEETING: European Space Weather Week, November 18-22, 2019 — Abstract Submission is Open
7. Monday Science Telecon, May 20, 2019
8. SESSION: European Space Weather Week Session “Achievements in Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere Coupling During Geomagnetic Storms and Magnetospheric Substorms”
9. SESSION: European Space Weather Week Session “Increasing our Preparedness for Space Weather Events”
10. SESSION: European Space Weather Week Session “Machine Learning and Statistical Inference Techniques Applied to Space Weather”
11. JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Position (2 Years) in Magnetospheric Physics (Space Weather) at Umeå University, Sweden
12. JOB OPENING: Guest Scientist or Postdoctoral Position in Space Physics – work with data from the Rosetta Ion Composition Analyzer (Swedish Institute of Space Physics)
13. JOB OPENING: A Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Space Physics Group at the Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, Finland
14. Northumbria University (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) – PhD Position in Solar Physics
Announcement Submission Website: goo.gl/forms/qjcm4dDr4g
SPA Images for AGU Centennial
From: Christina Cohen (Cohen at srl.caltech.edu)
Greetings from Your Space Physics & Aeronomy Section Leadership!
This Fall Meeting is also our Centennial, and we are collecting iconic images and graphics that represent progress within our field over the past 100 years. The images and graphics can include results and observations, science history, vision of the future, scientists and engineers in action (instrumentation development and building), rocket spacecraft missions, etc. Some of the images will be displayed at the Centennial theater screen on a rotating basis with images collected from other sections and potentially on other AGU media.
For additional questions or comments about the images, please contact any one of the SPA section leadership members, listed below. Images/graphics along with a short title or brief description may be sent to Christina Cohen (email@example.com).
We look forward to seeing many of you at the Fall Meeting!
Christina Cohen, President Geoff Reeves, President-elect (firstname.lastname@example.org) Elizabeth MacDonald, Secretary – Magnetospheric Physics (email@example.com) Romina Nikoukar, Secretary – Aeronomy (Romina.Nikoukar@jhuapl.edu) Christina O. Lee, Secretary – Solar-Heliospheric Physics (firstname.lastname@example.org
JGR-Space Physics Editor Blog Monthly Highlights
From: Mike Liemohn (liemohn at umich.edu)
The big news is that the call is out for my replacement as EiC of JGR Space Physics. The deadline to apply is May 31, and all it requires is a cover letter and CV. The call is here, for both my job and the EiC of Space Weather:
Here are a couple of recent blog posts about my job duties.
May 3: a description of my EiC-specific duties liemohnjgrspace.wordpress.com/2019/05/03/please-apply-to-have-my-job/
May 12: the typical workflow for a manuscript liemohnjgrspace.wordpress.com/2019/05/12/editorial-workflow/
April 24: in other editorial news, there is now an EiC for AGU Advances liemohnjgrspace.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/eic-for-agu-advances/
Main Website: liemohnjgrspace.wordpress.com/
Call for Nominations: International Space Weather and Space Climate Medals
From: Antti Pulkkinen (antti.a.pulkkinen at nasa.gov)
We are happy to announce the 2019 contest for the international space weather and space climate medals. The new medal recipients will be announced in a medal ceremony at the European Space Weather Week, the 18th of November, 2018 (www.stce.be/esww16/medals.php).
All three prizes are prestigious recognitions of recipients’ major contributions in the field of space weather and space climate. Medal recipients’ work must have been documented in peer review journals or book chapters, or must be a technological contribution that has led to a fully implemented new space weather or space climate capability. Medal recipients’ work must be relevant to space weather or space climate. The work must also be internationally recognized.
In addition to the above common criteria, there are the following specific requirements for each of the three medals:
The Kristian Birkeland Medal for Space Weather and Space Climate: The recipient of the Kristian Birkeland Medal must have demonstrated a unique ability to combine basic and applied research to develop useful space weather or space climate products that are being used outside the research community, and/or across scientific research disciplines. The work must have led to a better physical comprehension of the solar-terrestrial phenomena related to space weather and space climate, to a drastic improvement of space weather and space climate modeling, or to a new generation of instruments.
The Baron Marcel Nicolet Medal for Space Weather and Space Climate: The recipient of the Baron Marcel Nicolet Medal must have demonstrated a unique ability to bind the space weather and space climate community in a spirit of peace and friendship, to educate within the space weather and space climate community, to go also beyond the space weather and space climate research community and address larger audiences, and/or to serve the space weather and the space climate.
The Alexander Chizhevsky Medal for Space Weather and Space Climate: The prize rewards a young researcher (younger than 35 years, or having successfully defended her/his thesis within the last 6 years prior to the ESWW2018, i.e. after October 30th, 2012) for outstanding achievements in space weather or space climate with an innovative approach. The six-years period is increased with the duration of any parental leave taken during the period.
How to nominate? In order to nominate a person for one of the international space weather and space climate medals, please send a pdf document including: – Your name, first name, professional address. – The name, first name, professional address of the person that you nominate. – Which of the three medals you nominate the person for. – Reasons for the nomination (two pages). Please, make sure that these reasons relate to space weather and space climate and fulfill the criteria below. – A full CV of the nominee. – Please include letters of support from two colleagues, preferably outside your own home institution. You may also include those two colleagues as co-signatories on the proposal. For the Chizhevsky prize, a recommendation letter from the PhD advisor (in case (s)he is not the person sending the application) is recommended. – Up to five references (journal articles, prizes, patents…).
Self-nominations are not allowed. The medal committee members cannot be nominated or nominate.
You may resubmit a previous nomination that was not successful. Please indicate in your nomination that you wish the committee to reconsider it. You can update the documents or ask the committee to reconsider the already submitted files.
Send your documents by email only to SWmedals@oma.be. The deadline for the nominations is September, 8th 2019.
Composition of the Medal Committee: The Medal committee is composed of Prof. Jean-Marie Frere, the Royal Academy of Belgium, Executive director Øyvind Sørensen of the Norwegian Academy of Science Dr. Galina Kotova, of the Russian Academy of Science. Prof. Jøran Moen, Dr. Pål Brekke, Norway Prof. Anatoli Petrukovich and Dr. Vladimir Kalegaev, Russia
The co-chair of the ESWW Organizing committee (Prof. M. Messerotti), Dr. R. Van der Linden, the head of the ESA Space Weather Working Team and chair of the ESWW2018 LOC (Prof. S. Poedts) and of the Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate (Dr. A. Belehaki). The following previous winners are also members of the medal committee: Dr. Antti Pulkkinen, Dr. Mike Hapgood, Dr. Julia Thalmann: in the Committee in 2017 – 2019 Dr. Bojan Vrsnak, Prof. Ji Wu, Dr. Elena Popova: in the Committee in 2018 – 2020 Dr Tamas Gombosi, Christina Kay, Hermann Oppgenorth: in the Committee in 2019 – 2021
The Medal Committee is chaired by Dr. Jean Lilensten.
MEETING: “Scintillating Science: Cutting-Edge Science Achieved Through the Observations of Radio Scintillation” Workshop, July 15-19, 2019 — Second Announcement
From: Mario M. Bisi (Mario.Bisi at stfc.ac.uk)
Not enough scintillating science in your life?
This is our second official announcement for our upcoming “Scintillating Science: Cutting-Edge Science Achieved Through the Observations of Radio Scintillation” focussed/specialist workshop to be held in Hermanus (near Cape Town), South Africa, 15-19 July 2019. This is a great location for an exciting multi-faceted topic and time to get an insight into other aspects of scintillation.
Thus, the workshop will cover all aspects of scintillation from the science (including all the domains in which it can be applied, e.g. ionosphere, heliosphere, interstellar) through to engineering concepts/requirements including all aspects of its theory/modelling. More-detailed themes are being updated on the workshop website before the end of this week. In addition, we are in the process of finalising our invited and scene-setting speakers.
The late registration ends on Friday 31st May 2019 at 23:59UT. The full list of deadlines can be found on the workshop website here: tinyurl.com/scintillate-july along with further information about the scope of the workshop and local information.
Best wishes on behalf of the workshop SOC and LOC,
Mario M. Bisi (UKRI STFC RAL Space – SOC Co-Chair) Mike Kosch (SANSA/Lancaster University – SOC Co-Chair/LOC Chair)
Science Organising Committee (SOC): Mario M. Bisi (UKRI STFC RAL Space, UK) (Co-Chair) Michael Kosch (SANSA, South Africa/Lancaster University, UK) (Co-Chair) Richard A. Fallows (ASTRON, NL) Daniel Stinebring (Oberlin College and Conservatory, OH, USA) Anna Bilous (University of Amsterdam, NL) Ue-Li Pen (University of Toronto, ON, Canada) Lucilla Alfonsi (INGV, Italy) Joseph Olwendo (Pwani University, Kenya) Biagio Forte (University of Bath, UK) Tshimangadzo Matamba (SANSA, South Africa) Oyuki Chang (UKRI STFC RAL Space, UK)
Local Organising Committee (LOC): Michael Kosch (SANSA, South Africa/Lancaster University, UK) Lee-Anne McKinnell (SANSA, South Africa) Tshimangadzo Matamba (SANSA, South Africa)
MEETING: SHINE 2019, August 5-9 – Registration Open: Student Financial Aid & Early Registration Deadlines Soon
From: Teresa Nieves-Chinchilla (teresa.nieves-chinchil-1 at nasa.gov)
SHINE 2019 – Registration Open: Student Financial Aid & Early Registration Deadlines Soon
The registration for the 2019 SHINE workshop is open. SHINE will take place from August 5th to August 9th (student day August 4th) in Boulder, CO at the Millennium Harvest House. The scientific program (24 sessions) and details about the registration and abstract submission processes are listed in the SHINE website (shinecon.org/CurrentMeeting.php). Rooms are available at the rate of $129/night before fees and taxes. The registration fee includes one poster per person, no additional posters are allowed.
Important deadlines: Student financial support deadline: May 15th Early-bird registration ($475) deadline:June 1st – extra fee of $50 afterwards Abstract Submission deadline: June 15th Registration deadline: July 1st
MEETING: European Space Weather Week, November 18-22, 2019 — Abstract Submission is Open
From: Mario M. Bisi, PC Vice Chair (Mario.Bisi at stfc.ac.uk)
This is just to draw your attention to the abstract-submission deadline for European Space Weather Week 16 (2019) which is coming soon on 9th June 2019. Full details of the meeting can be found here: www.stce.be/esww16/ and the full list of deadlines here: www.stce.be/esww2019/deadlines.php.
Monday Science Telecon, May 20, 2019
From: David Sibeck (david.g.sibeck at nasa.gov)
At 12:00 noon EST on Monday (May 20), we plan to hold the next in our ongoing series of science telecons. The speaker this Monday will be Doacan Su Öztürk from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The topic will be “Geospace System Response to Solar Wind Dynamic Pressure Decrease: A case study on 11 June 2017”.
The telecom will be broadcast live via webex. If you would like to join, please go to uclaigpp.webex.com/ 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.
SESSION: European Space Weather Week Session “Achievements in Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere Coupling During Geomagnetic Storms and Magnetospheric Substorms”
From: Tommaso Alberti (tommasoalberti89 at gmail.com)
we kindly invite you to contribute to the session “Achievements in Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere coupling during geomagnetic storms and magnetospheric substorms” which will be held at the Sixteenth European Space Weather Week, 18 – 22 November, 2019, Liège, Belgium (www.stce.be/esww16/).
To submit your abstract, you can follow this link: register-as.oma.be/esww16/abstract.php .
Please note that deadline for abstract submission is 9 June 2019 (there is no article processing charge).
Below some details about our session: “Achievements in Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere coupling during geomagnetic storms and magnetospheric substorms”
Conveners: Tommaso Alberti, Paola De Michelis, Anna Belehaki
Geomagnetic and ionospheric storms and magnetospheric substorms are the major complex disturbances of Space Weather. Their triggering mechanisms are known to be multifaceted phenomena, originating from the solar corona, propagating through the interplanetary space, and affecting the circumterrestrial environment, e.g., the magnetosphere, the ionosphere, and the thermosphere. Sometime they can also affect the Earth’s surface generating electrical currents, which are capable of travelling into the power grid, potentially damaging transformers and causing regional power shortages or even blackouts. In the past several studies have been devoted to the understanding of the response of the Earth’s magnetosphere – ionosphere system to the changes of the solar wind and interplanetary conditions and to the study of geomagnetic storms, substorms and to the coincident thermospheric storms. Several data have been used to characterize these phenomena coming from different satellites and ground-based observatories, as well as, also new tools and methods of analysis have been proposed to quantify and characterise the dynamics of these complex phenomena.
This session aims at discussing the most recent results in the characterisation of the complex solar wind – magnetosphere – ionosphere – thermosphere coupling and dynamics in response to interplanetary condition changes, both on theoretical and observational points of view, and in providing an overview of the relevance of data analysis tools, novel conceptual studies, dynamical systems approaches and methods in the investigation and modelling of relevant phenomena. Feedback from different methods and models relevant to the investigation and characterization of physical processes in the coupled magnetospheric-ionospheric-thermospheric system is also encouraged.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Liège!
SESSION: European Space Weather Week Session “Increasing our Preparedness for Space Weather Events”
From: Robert Wicks, Lucie Green, Gianluca Pescaroli (r.wicks at ucl.ac.uk)
Increasing our Preparedness for Space Weather Events
We invite submissions for oral presentations and posters to the above named session at European Space Weather Week 2019.
This session aims to bring together those working in business continuity, resilience, policy and space weather science in order to promote discussion on the risk assessment process and how we can learn from areas where space weather events share vulnerabilities that are common to other hazards. We will ask questions such as where are the organisational vulnerabilities to space weather? What processes will help minimise the impact of cascading events? And, what strategic issues need to be addressed at a policy level?
Space weather can lead to impact and disruption to businesses and organisations in a myriad of ways and building resiliency to this natural hazard is a complex task. However, lessons can be learned from decades of work building resilience to other hazards, both natural and human-made so we encourage broad representation at this session.
– European Space Weather Week runs from 18 to 22 November 2019 in Belgium – www.stce.be/esww2019/ – Abstract submission deadline: 9 June 2019 – Later poster submission possible until 10 October 2019
SESSION: European Space Weather Week Session “Machine Learning and Statistical Inference Techniques Applied to Space Weather”
From: Giovanni Lapenta (giovanni.lapenta at kuleuven.be)
European Space Weather Week SESSION 14 – MACHINE LEARNING AND STATISTICAL INFERENCE TECHNIQUES APPLIED TO SPACE WEATHER
Conveners: Giovanni Lapenta (coordinator.aida@KULEUVEN.BE), Enrico Camporeale (email@example.com)
Web site: www.stce.be/esww2019/program/sessions.php
The science of ‘making predictions’ has been historically based on statistical inference (e.g., frequentist, Bayesian, information criterion-based) and, more recently, on machine learning techniques. Entire disciplines, such as system identification, data assimilation, information theory, deep learning and uncertainty quantification, have proliferated in the attempt to improve our ability to extract information from data and build predictive models. Each of these disciplines has been studied and developed in contexts typically unrelated to Space Weather (e.g., quantum mechanics, financial forecasting, astronomy, etc.), yet present powerful new opportunities for our community. Coupled with massively expanded data availability and sophisticated means to analyze voluminous and complex information, the timing is ripe for the Space Weather community to embrace new innovative methodologies.
This session is devoted to contributions to Space Weather specification and prediction that use innovative, multidisciplinary, and, perhaps, unconventional approaches.
JOB OPENING: Postdoctoral Position (2 Years) in Magnetospheric Physics (Space Weather) at Umeå University, Sweden
From: Maria Hamrin, Hermann Opgenoorth (maria.hamrin at space.umu.se)
The aim of the project is to accomplish an advanced physical understanding of the temporal behavior of geomagnetic storms, in particular in terms of their short-term variability with respect to solar wind forcing and internal processes in the Earth’s magnetosphere and magnetotail.
Magnetic storms are presently intensively studied because of their potential detrimental impact on space and ground-infrastructure in the scientific context of near-Earth space plasma processes, which today is commonly referred to as “Space Weather”. While the general temporal behaviour of a geomagnetic storm and its various long-term phases is today reasonably well understood, there are still a number of open questions about the short-term variations. While some storms (or storm-phases) exhibit smooth temporal variations, even for large amplitudes of disturbances, other storms exhibit rapid and multiple spikes (defined as periods of large dB/dt of over 1000 nT/min), which may cause the so-called “Geomagnetically Induced Currents” (GICs) discussed in Space Weather. It is not known what exactly determines the spiky nature of stormy periods as compared to other smoother periods of equally large amplitude of the total magnetic disturbances. It is therefore of relevance, both for the scientific community and for the predictability of GICs, to clarify what determines such different temporal behaviours at different times.
This is a full-time (100%) position for two years. Starting date as soon as possible or according to agreement. The postdoctoral project will be conducted in close collaboration with scientists from the University of Leicester UK, Danish Technical University Copenhagen and the Community Coordinated Modeling Center (CCMC) at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Washington USA. Application deadline is June 2, 2019.
The full advertisement can be found at www.umu.se/en/work-with-us/open-positions/postdoctoral-position-2-years-in-magnetospheric-physics_265963/
For further information, contact Maria Hamrin, firstname.lastname@example.org and/or Hermann Opgenoorth, email@example.com
JOB OPENING: Guest Scientist or Postdoctoral Position in Space Physics – work with data from the Rosetta Ion Composition Analyzer (Swedish Institute of Space Physics)
From: Hans Nilsson (hans.nilsson at irf.se)
Guest scientist or Postdoctoral position in space physics – work with data from the Rosetta Ion Composition Analyzer (Swedish Institute of Space Physics)
The Solar System Physics and Space Technology research programme at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics in Kiruna, IRF, invites applications for a Postdoctoral position in Space Physics, related to the ESA Rosetta mission to comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
The Rosetta mission is now in an intensive data analysis phase, following the ending of the mission in September 2016. Applications are invited both for a guest scientist or post-doc position up to the end of 2020, with some possibility to prolong it to two years in total.
The advertised position is a research position for studies of the cometary plasma environment and its interaction with the solar wind primarily using ion data from the Ion Composition Analyzer (ICA) on board Rosetta but also from the other instruments that form the Rosetta Plasma Consortium.
The position, placed in Kiruna, is funded by the Swedish Research Council and is at most until the end of 2020.
Contact: Dr. Hans Nilsson, firstname.lastname@example.org, +46-980-79 127
Closing date: 16 June 2019.
Quote reference number: 2.2.1-154/19
IRF is a governmental research institute that conducts postgraduate education and research in space physics, atmospheric physics and space technology. Many of IRF’s projects are run as large international projects in collaboration with other research institutes and space agencies. IRF has one hundred employees and offices in Kiruna (headquarters), Umeå, Uppsala and Lund. www.irf.se
JOB OPENING: A Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Space Physics Group at the Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, Finland
From: Hanna Partio (hanna.partio at helsinki.fi)
The Space Physics Group at the Department of Physics is a leading European space physics group specialised both in observations and modelling of space plasmas. We develop the novel global hybrid-Vlasov simulation Vlasiator to investigate the near-Earth space in ion kinetic scales utilising hybrid-Vlasov methods. Vlasiator is massively parallelised using the latest high-performance technologies, and is run on the largest supercomputer environments in Europe. Our target is to run extreme scale simulations on the upcoming pre-exascale machines within the PRACE and EuroHPC frameworks.
We are now opening a postdoctoral fellow position. The postdoctoral fellow will focus on developing Vlasiator and/or modeling space plasmas. Prior knowledge in the following areas is required: high-performance computing, supercomputer environments, parallelisation algorithms, version control, C++. Other useful skills include: Python, plasma physics, adaptive mesh refinement.
We offer a position in a dynamic and international research group, with a possibility to network and to develop as a researcher. The 2-year position is available immediately. The deadline for applications is 5.6.2019.
For more information, please visit: helsinki.fi/vlasiator blogs.helsinki.fi/spacephysics/ www.helsinki.fi/sustainable-space
For specifics about the position, contact Professor Minna Palmroth (minna.palmroth(at)helsinki.fi). Interested candidates should send their informal application, CV, list of publications, and a maximum of three names to act as references to Hanna.Partio(at)helsinki.fi, and cc: Minna.Palmroth(at)helsinki.fi.
Northumbria University (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) – PhD Position in Solar Physics
From: Patrick Antolin (patrick.antolin at st-andrews.ac.uk)
Northumbria University is currently advertising a PhD position in the field of Solar Physics within the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering. The PhD project is titled “The Coronal Cooling problem” and will have as principal supervisor Dr. Patrick Antolin.
The project’s main motivation is the study of fundamental physical processes of stellar atmospheres, such as coronal heating, MHD waves and plasma instabilities. To achieve deeper understanding of these processes we will focus on the observational and/or computational investigation of cool material in the solar atmosphere and in particular, coronal rain and prominences.
We are primarily looking for strongly motivated applicants with a degree in Mathematics, Physics or Astrophysics. Previous experience of numerical modelling, observational data analysis and computer programming is desirable but not essential. For further information related to the details of the project please contact Dr Patrick Antolin: email@example.com
The Department has particular strengths in Solar Physics and Space Weather. For more information about the Group, visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/academic-departments/mathematics-physics-and-electrical-engineering/research/solar-physics/.
The deadline for applications is 1st July 2019 and the starting date is 1st October 2019.
The job advert can be found at: www.findaphd.com/phds/project/the-coronal-cooling-problem/?p109571
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