CEDAR email: CEDAR?GEM Workshop MONDAY at 4PM in Sweeney D

Paxton, Larry Larry.Paxton at jhuapl.edu
Mon May 23 12:31:46 MDT 2016

Here's the link to our session description page in the Workshop Agenda

Dear Colleagues,

Please consider participating in the CEDAR/GEM session "Decadal Survey ITM Missions  -  How to Best Engage the CEDAR/GEM Community" on Monday, June 20, 4:00-6:00 PM in Room Sweeney-D.

In the recent NRC Decadal Survey, a variety of critical science topics relating to CEDAR and GEM science goals were discussed by the Atmosphere-Ionosphere-Magnetosphere Interactions (AIMI) Panel led by Jeff Forbes and Jim Clemmons, and two new satellite mission concepts were developed to address some of these:

-  Geospace Dynamics Constellation (GDC):  A multi-spacecraft mission to study the pathways by which solar wind and lower atmospheric forcing drive the tightly coupled ionosphere-thermosphere system on a global scale, for the first time.  GDC is a major (strategic) Living With a Star mission to study both ITM and Magnetosphere-Ionosphere coupling.

-  Dynamical Neutral Atmosphere-Ionosphere Coupling (DYNAMIC) is a strategic, new Solar-Terrestrial Probe initiative.  DYNAMIC would focus on lower atmosphere forcing of the ionosphere-thermosphere system.

Both of these missions represent a new beginning for space-based research, using proven multi-point and global-scale measurements that would be funded by NASA but represent watershed opportunities for the CEDAR/GEM community in terms of support of ground-based observations, data analysis, modeling, theory, students, etc.  Given that these are both large-scale strategic NASA missions, it is critical to develop community input on the best ideas for their ultimate implementation.

This session represents an opportunity for community members to discuss the motivation and expectations of these exciting new missions and their "game changing" science return.  We urge everyone to come with their ideas to help make these missions a reality.

This session will serve to discuss recent (post-decadal survey) scientific findings relevant to these missions, and to stimulate discussion in the community about the breadth and depth of the science return from the missions.  In addition, discussions of how these missions might integrate with future CEDAR/GEM science plans, and NSF ground-based observations over the next decade would be desirable.

The opportunity for community input begins now in anticipation of the opening of funding wedges in the NASA budget as Solar Probe Plus and the Solar Orbiter Collaboration near their launches.  Strong community interest in, and input towards, the implementations of future strategic ITM missions is needed to galvanize these directions within the NASA science agenda.

Interested parties who would like to present should contact the session conveners: Larry Paxton (Larry.Paxton at jhuapl.edu<mailto:asti.bhatt at sri.com>), Rod Heelis (heelis at utdallas.edu<mailto:elizabeth.kendall at sri.com>), Jim Clemmons (James.H.Clemmons at aero.org<mailto:James.H.Clemmons at aero.org>), Doug Rowland (douglas.e.rowland at nasa.gov<mailto:douglas.e.rowland at nasa.gov>), and Rob Pfaff (robert.F.Pfaff at nasa.gov<mailto:robert.F.Pfaff at nasa.gov>)

Thank you,

Larry Paxton, Rod Heelis, Jim Clemmons, Doug Rowland, and Rob Pfaff

Dr. Larry J. Paxton
Head: Geospace and Earth Science Group
The Johns Hopkins University
Applied Physics Laboratory
11100 Johns Hopkins Rd
Laurel, MD 20723
office: 240 228 6871
mobile: 240 475 4850
fax: 240 228 1641

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