CEDAR email: Exploring the Geospace Frontier: New Directions

David Hysell dlh37 at cornell.edu
Thu Feb 11 07:19:36 MST 2016

Exploring the Geospace Frontier: New Directions

(Quo Vadis)

A workshop is being organized to help shape the direction of research in
geospace system science. The workshop will focus on the experimental
infrastructure required for discovery research in the 21st century, with
consideration for both basic and applied research  driven by cutting
edge observations of the system.  We will develop strategies that can
integrate geospace research across outmoded disciplinary boundaries and
better align with activities carried out by different federal and
international agencies.

Initiatives to be considered during the workshop will span the Sun-Earth
connection. Examples of unique geospace capabilities for the future to
be discussed at the workshop would include the construction of a
low-frequency, multi-static radar system capable of receiving echoes
from the middle atmosphere through the ionosphere, plasmasphere,
magnetosphere, and the Sun. This facility would also include advanced,
high-power lidar systems as described by the "OASIS - Exploring the
Interaction of the Earth's Atmosphere with Space" document. Another
research-driving facility could be the COSMO suite of instrumentation to
describe the multidimensional magneto-thermal environment of the solar
atmosphere at the heart of the space weather enterprise.

The workshop will take place in the context of contemporary community
strategic documents and also other major experimental initiatives in
geospace including EISCAT_3D and current and planned NASA missions, and
natural synergies and overlaps will be considered. We expect the
workshop to culminate in an action plan for pursuing an NSF MREFC (Major
Research Equipment and Facilities Construction) project to enable
discovery science across the Geospace community.

The workshop will be sponsored by NSF and HAO/NCAR and is tentatively
scheduled to take place in Boulder from May 25--27, 2016. A website for
the workshop is available at


People interested in participating and/or contributing a presentation 
contact one of the  co-organizers listed below for more information.

David Hysell, Cornell University, david.hysell at cornell.edu
Scott McIntosh, High Altitude Observatory, mscott at uar.edu
Jeff Thayer, University of Colorado at Boulder, jeffrey.thayer at colorado.edu

David Hysell
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Cornell University
3114 Snee Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853 USA
+1 607 255-0630
+1 607 254-4780 (f)

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