SolarNews – Volume 2016 Number 13

The Electronic Newsletter of the
Solar Physics Division
American Astronomical Society
Volume 2016 Number 13

Aimee Norton, editor
01 July 2016

Jean-Pierre Delaboudinière 1940 – 2016

John Leibacher
21 June 2016

It is with great sadness that we have learned that Jean-Pierre Delaboudinère, affectionately known to all as “Boudine”, has passed away. For many years he was a cornerstone of the solar and stellar physics group of the Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale (Orsay, France) with his participation in numerous projects and space missions, including the EIT imager on SOHO of which he was the initiator. In addition to his scientific prowess he was esteemed for his unique human qualities. We wish to render homage to him in sharing various memories, texts, and photos recalling the career of Jean-Pierre, by those who had the privilege of working with him at

Those who wish to participate in this homage can send their contribution to [email protected].

Frédéric Auchère, Frédéric Baudin, Marc Ollivier

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RHESSI Nuggets in June, 2016

Hugh Hudson
28 Jun 2016/p>

No. 277, June 27: “Spotlessness returns,” by Hugh Hudson

No. 276, June 20: “RHESSI has resumed operations,” by Albert Shih, Brian Dennis, and Sa”m Krucker

No. 275, June 6: “Non-thermal recombinationin solar flares and microflares,” by Jeffrey Reep and John Brown

See listing the current series, 2008-present, and for the original series, 2005 – 2008.

We publish these at roughly two-week intervals and welcome contributions, which should be related, at least loosely, to RHESSI science.

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New HMI Science Nuggets #55 & #56

Xudong Sun
28 Jun 2016

We have two new HMI Science Nuggets this month.

#56 “A New Observing Scheme for HMI Vector Field Measurements: Mod-L” contributed by Yang Liu (

#55 “Viewing the Transit of Mercury with HMI and MDI” contributed by Monica Bobra (

Nugget #56 provides details of the new HMI vector magnetic field observing scheme announced in the previous issue (

We welcome submissions on work related to HMI scientific goals. More information can be found at

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2017 NASA LWS TR&T Science Topics – Second Call for Community Comment on Draft

Mark Linton
29 Jun 2016

Dear Colleagues,

This is our second call for community comments on the draft Living with a Star Targeted Research and Technology (LWS TR&T) Focused Science Topics released earlier this spring. There are now 15 draft topics available for comment on our website at

The comment period will remain open through Monday, July 18. We encourage, and would greatly appreciate, community comment on the content and write-up of these 15 topics. Our expectation is that these 15 topics will all be in our final report. However, the content of each of these draft topics still needs to be refined and focused so as to ensure that they are clearly defined and well aligned with the LWS TR&T program’s strategic goals. Community input which aids with this refining and focusing would be particularly useful at this stage.

We look forward to your feedback on these draft topics.


Mark Linton, co-chair

Eftyhia Zesta, co-chair

On behalf of the LWS TR&T Steering Committee

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Employment Opportunities

Postdoctoral Position in Solar Physics at University of Science & Technology of China

Rui Liu
17 Jun 2016

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral associate position in solar physics for a period of 2 – 3 years at University of Science & Technology of China (USTC) . USTC is a top-tier university in China. It was established by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 1958 in Beijing, and moved to its current location in Hefei in 1970. The successful candidate will undertake collaborative and individual research in subjects including (but not exclusively) solar flares, prominences/filaments, and coronal mass ejections. The candidate will work primarily with Professor Rui Liu, but also have ample opportunities to collaborate with other members in the Solar and TErrestrial Physics (STEP) Group including Professors Yuming Wang and Chenglong Shen.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Solar Physics, Space Physics, or a closely related field. The successful candidate will be recommended to apply for the prestigious CAS President’s International Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers (deadline 1 September 2016). The fellowship provides a yearly stipend of ¥200,000 (about $31,000; for more information see The selected candidate who is not eligible for this fellowship will receive a salary of ¥120,000 – 200,000 per year, based on qualifications.

Review of the applications will begin on 15 July 2016 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants may send their detailed C.V., a summary of the research plan, and three references to Prof. Rui Liu ([email protected]).

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Post Doc Position at NOAA/SWPC working with DSCOVR and WSA-Enlil

Douglas Biesecker
23 Jun 2016

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) is seeking a full-time Research Associate to work with the Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to support the DSCOVR solar wind mission. SWPC receives DSCOVR solar wind thermal plasma and magnetic field data in near-real-time and processes it to Level 2. CIRES is looking for applicants capable of producing science quality space weather products from the DSCOVR data. The successful applicant would work within the Applied Research and Testbed section of the Space Weather Prediction Center. The successful applicant will be expected to take the lead in producing the products for the benefit of SWPC forecasters and customers. In addition, SWPC is interested in research which enhances the ability to increase the utility of in-situ solar wind observations. There is also the opportunity to get involved with the operational WSA-Enlil model and investigating ensemble modeling possibilities and use of data assimilation. Funding is available for at least 3 years.

We expect to begin reviewing applications on or about July 20.

Further information and application instructions are available at

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Joint PhD Opportunity between Northumbria University, Armagh Observatory and the IAC

Eamon Scullion
26 Jun 2016

Instabilities in Solar Prominences

Deadline for applications Friday 29th July 2016

Prominences and their on-disk counterpart (filaments) constitute the largest structures close to the surface of the Sun. They contain a relatively dense hydrogen dominated plasma and can become suspended above the solar surface by a complicated magnetic field. In addition, they can erupt suddenly and impact upon the Earth’s magnetosphere leading to space weather phenomena. What triggers this eruption remains unclear. It is thought that MagnetoHydroDynamic (MHD) instabilities (such as the Kelvin-Helmholtz, magnetic Rayleigh-Taylor, vortices) play an important role in prominence/filament dynamics. This PhD project will investigate prominence instabilities, life-cycles and connectivity using observations at the highest resolution from international, ground-based solar telescope facilities. The PhD project will also involve the application of advanced 3D numerical magnetohydrodynamic simulations for further understanding of the onset of plasma instabilities in prominences.

It is expected that the student has either a degree in Mathematics and/or Physics. Experience with coding in a scientific language (e.g., C, C+, IDL, Python) will be looked upon favourably. The PhD project will be a three-year joint venture between Northumbria University (Newcastle, UK), Armagh Observatory (Northern Ireland) and the IAC (Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, Canary Islands, Spain). The candidate will spend the majority of their time at Northumbria University and part of the project will be spent at the other institutes.

Eligibility and How to Apply:
Please note eligibility requirement:
• Academic excellence of the proposed student has at least an upper second-class degree (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honors); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
• Appropriate IELTS score, if required.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see:

Start Date: 3rd October 2016

Contact: [email protected]

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Postdoctoral Position in Solar Plasma Physics at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research

Johannes Stecker
28 Jun 2016

The Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) invites applications for a postdoctoral position in solar plasma physics. The successful candidate will join the DFG-funded project “The Solar Interface Region” led by Thomas Wiegelmann. The aim is to study the interface region between the solar photosphere and the solar corona, which consists of the chromosphere and transition region. Plasma heating and mass supply from the photosphere to the corona takes place in this interface region, which is still not well understood. We study this region with the help of data-driven modelling based on observations from the balloon-borne mission SUNRISE and the small explorer mission IRIS. Analyzing data from these two new missions (and additionally from SDO and Hinode) together with sophisticated magnetic field extrapolation and plasma modelling techniques developed in the SoCo3D group at MPS, give the opportunity to investigate the mass and energy supply of the solar atmosphere.

“The Solar Interface Region” project will reside in the solar department of the MPS, one of the largest groups in solar physics worldwide. The institute is located in Goettingen (Germany), a lively and scenic university town.

Applicants must hold a PhD in physics, astrophysics or a closely related field. They should have an outstanding research record. Relevant experience in numerical computing and solar plasma physics is of advantage. Applications including a CV, a statement of research experience, a publication list and the names and contact details of three potential referees should be sent to [email protected] with the subject line “Postdoctoral Position in Solar Plasma Physics”.

The position is available from November 1, 2016 (exact starting date negotiable) and is offered for a period of three years. Salary will be according to grade E13 of the TVöD scale of the German public services. Application deadline is August 15th, 2016.

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer and particularly encourages applications from women and persons with disabilities.

For further information please contact Thomas Wiegelmann ([email protected]) or Johannes Stecker ([email protected]).

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Postdoctoral Positions in Solar Physics (SOLMAG project) at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research – Reminder

Johannes Stecker
28 Jun 2016

The Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) invites applications for postdoctoral positions in solar physics. The successful candidates will join the SOLMAG project based on an ERC Advanced Grant and led by Sami K. Solanki. The project will follow an integral approach for understanding the physics underlying the structure and dynamics of the solar magnetic field combining new observational facilities, novel instruments currently being developed at the MPS and the next generation of inversion techniques for data analysis and state-of-the-art MHD simulations.

Correspondingly we are searching for postdocs within a wide range of expertise comprising instrumentation, ground-based observations, data calibration and reduction, image restoration, analysis of spectrapolarimetric data, inversion techniques, radiative transfer, MHD simulations, solar irradiance modelling, and magnetic field extrapolation.

The SOLMAG project will reside in the solar department of the MPS, one of the largest groups in solar physics worldwide with leading participations in many of the major solar space missions as well as in ground based and balloon-borne observational programs. The institute is located in Goettingen (Germany), a lively and scenic university town, in a striking new building in the immediate vicinity of the Institute for Astrophysics of the University.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in physics, astrophysics or a closely related field. They should have an outstanding research record. Relevant experience in at least one of the fields listed above will be of advantage. The positions
are available as early as October 1, 2016 and are offered for a period of two or three years. An extension is possible depending on performance. Salary will be according to grade E13 of the TVöD scale of the German public services.

Applications including a CV, a statement of research experience and interests, and a publication list should be sent to [email protected]. In addition, applicants should arrange to have three letters of reference sent separately to Sami K. Solanki ([email protected]). Review of applications will begin July 15, 2016 and continue until the positions are filled.

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer and particularly encourages applications from women and persons with disabilities.

For further information please contact Sami. K. Solanki ([email protected]) or Johannes Stecker ([email protected]).

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4-Year Researcher Position on Determination of Magnetic Fields in the Solar Chromosphere

Jorrit Leenaarts
29 Jun 2016

The Department of Astronomy at Stockholm University invites applications for a research scientist at the Institute for Solar Physics. The Institute operates the Swedish 1-m Solar Telescope (SST) on La Palma, which is one of the largest solar telescopes in the world. The research at the Institute is oriented towards observational and theoretical studies of the solar photosphere and chromosphere.

The successful candidate will work on the further development and application of an inversion code that can reliably invert spectropolarimetric data of solar chromospheric lines such as Ca II 8542 and He I 10830. The ultimate goal is to develop a user-friendly inversion code that can be used to derive force-free chromospheric boundary conditions for both global and local magnetic field extrapolations. These extrapolations can be used as input to space-weather applications such as forecasting the evolution of coronal mass ejections.

Candidates must have a PhD in astrophysics or a related subject at the start of employment.

This is a full-time position for 4 years, with a six-month trial period.

For the full text of the job advertisement and instructions on how to apply please see:

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Meeting Announcements

Space Weather: Operations to Research (O2R) Workshop – Boulder: 16 – 17 August 2016

Howard Singer
15 Jun 2016

NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center and our partner agencies, the U.S. Air Force, NASA Heliophysics Division, and NSF Geospace Section invite you to attend a “Space Weather: Operations to Research (O2R) Workshop” in Boulder, CO on August 16 – 17, 2016.

The goal of this workshop is to gather community input for defining the capabilities needed to realize space weather O2R objectives in response to the National Space Weather Action Plan. The meeting will facilitate discussions on O2R within the broad community, including government agencies, academia, private enterprise, and space weather customers.

Panel/audience discussion will be on topics related to methods to improve operational models, tools and products including: access to operational models and data for developing and testing improvements; funding opportunities to support these activities; and communicating forecaster and user experience regarding the limitations of current capabilities.

Please go to the following link for registration and additional information:

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SHINE Working Group Session – Flux-Rope CMEs: Predicting Bz

Pete Riley
20 Jun 2016

Title: Flux-Rope CMEs: Predicting Bz

Convenors: Pete Riley and Chris Russell

Session Description: An accurate prediction of the interplanetary magnetic field, and, in particular, its z-component (Bz) is a crucial capability for any space weather forecasting system, and yet, thus far, it has remained largely elusive (a point exemplified by the fact that no prediction center currently provides a forecast for Bz). In this working group session, we will discuss: (1) Various physical processes that can produce non-zero values of Bz; (2) Candidate approaches (both statistical and mechanistic) that may ultimately lead to reliable forecasts of Bz; and (3) Possible limitations and intrinsic uncertainties in its estimate. Additionally, we will discuss predictions of other solar wind parameters, particularly the bulk plasma speed. The session will be discussion-oriented, but we encourage participants to bring (or send in advance) any slides necessary to make their points.  The objectives will be to: (1) Assess our current state of predictive capabilities; (2) Identify potentially useful approaches that can be investigated during the upcoming year; and (3) Foster collaborations amongst attendees to work on this topic.

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NExSS/NAI International Workshop Without Walls: Exoplanetary Space Weather, Climate and Habitability – New Orleans and Virtual: 29 November – 2 December 2016

Vladimir Airapetian
20 Jun 2016

NExSS/NAI International Workshop Without Walls – November 29th – December 2nd, 2016
New Orleans, LA, and other virtual locations (TBD)
Workshop Link at

Science Organizing Committee:

Chair: Vladimir Airapetian (NASA GSFC), Co-Chair: William Danchi (GSFC); Masha Kuznetsova (NASA/GSFC); Alan Title (LMATC); Carolus Schrijver (LMATC); Gary Zank (University of Huntsville); Anthony DelGenio (NASA/GISS); Shawn Domagal-Goldman (GSFC); Rory Barnes (University of Washington, USA); Paul Mahaffy (GSFC); Kazunari Shibata (University of Kyoto); Sara Gibson (HAO); Jeffery Linsky (University of Colorado); Aki Roberge (NASA/GSFC); Steve Desch (ASU); Natalie Batalha (NASA Ames); Norman Sleep (Stanford University); Bruce Jakosky (University of Colorado); Kensei Kobayashi (Yokohama National University)

Key themes include:
. Space Weather on the Sun and Stars: What drives SW from the Sun and K-M main sequence stars.
. Erosion of (Exo)pPlanetary Atmospheres: What are the impacts of SW on atmospheric erosion and surfaces of planetary bodies including the loss of water and their evolution in time from early Earth, Mars and terrestrial type exoplanets? What are the dominant sources of SW affected atmospheric loss from the current Earth and Mars?
. Atmospheric Chemistry and Biosignatures: What are the effects of SW on chemical atmospheric evolution, on planetary climates, and the size of BZs of the young Sun and exoplanetary host stars? Can we specify atmospheric biosignatures affected by SW from Sun/cool stars?

The major output of the workshop will be to develop three white papers (one per science topic) aimed at specifying a conceptual framework for the ways forward in theoretical modeling, laboratory chemical experiments, and in situ and remote observations of bio-signatures of life affected by SW. The outcome of such an interdisciplinary approach will become crucial in defining the candidates for habitable planets for upcoming exoplanetary missions including TESS, JWST, LUVOIR, and missions to other solar system planets and bodies.

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High Resolution Solar Physics: Past, Present, Future – NSO/Sac Peak: 7 – 11 August 2017

Stephen Keil
21 Jun 2016

Please note the following dates already! The National Solar Observatory is organizing its farewell workshop at Sacramento Peak (Sunspot, New Mexico) for the week of August 7 – 11, 2017 (arrive on Sunday August 6, depart Saturday August 12). These dates are selected to permit leisurely travel North or East after the workshop to observe the August 21 total solar eclipse, possibly while attending the SPD meeting August 21 – 26 in Portland, Oregon.

The workshop topic is “High resolution solar physics: past, present, future”, including high-resolution observing from space and with ALMA and high resolution in numerical modeling. The aim is to review the present state of the field as a road map to the future including DKIST. There will also be reviews of the outstanding science performed during the past half century at this wonderful site and late-afternoon reminiscence talks.

Further information will be posted at

Steve Keil and Rob Rutten on behalf of the SOC

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Turbulence and Waves in Flows Dominated by Rotation: Lessons from Geophysics and Perspectives in Space Physics and Astrophysics – Boulder, Colorado, August 15 – 19, 2016

Mausumi Dikpati
22 Jun 2016

Description: Considerable progress is made recently in understanding turbulence, instabilities and waves in rotating geophysical systems. Nevertheless our knowledge and understanding of the similar phenomena in magnetized rotating plasma remain rudimentary and have not received attention they deserve in spite of many applications in solar, stellar and space weather physics, and in astrophysical discs.  This is in part because our theoretical efforts and modeling approaches are concentrated mainly (although not exclusively) on the dynamo problem rather than on developing of solid picture of space and astrophysical objects variability in different time scales from millennial to shorter-term. There is a pressing need for new initiatives to further develop the foundations of our understanding of the multi-scale phenomena of magnetized turbulence and waves along with geophysical fluid dynamics.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together leading experts from the geophysical and astrophysical communities to discuss basic aspects of the physics of turbulence, instabilities and waves in the context of rotating plasma large-scale flows predictability, and to foster novel developments both in astrophysical and geophysical fluid dynamics.

The workshop is sponsored by NSF and GTP. Details can be found at the following url:

The workshop participation is by invitation only. Interested scientists may contact the chair of the SOC, Prof. Arakel Petrosyan ([email protected]), to request an invitation.

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SDO 2016 – July 15 Abstract Deadline

Aimee Norton
23 Jun 2016

SDO 2016: Unraveling the Sun’s Complexity
Oct. 17-21, 2016 * Burlington, VT

Abstract Deadline: July 15

Living With a Star’s Solar Dynamics Observatory invites you to its 2016 Science Workshop “SDO 2016: Unraveling the Sun’s Complexity,” October 17-21, 2016, at the Sheraton Conference Center in Burlington, VT. To submit your abstract, reserve your hotel room, register, or review the science program details, please visit our website:

Abstracts are solicited for presentations describing solar research in the following eight broad areas:  1) Motions Inside the Sun, 2) The Evolution of Active Regions, 3) Studies of Solar Eruptive Events (SEEs), 4) Motions Near and Above the Solar Surface, 5) Atmospheric Dynamics and Sources of the Solar Wind, 6) Solar Magnetic Variability and the Solar Cycle, 7) The Sun as a Star, and 8) Space Weather at the Earth and other Planets.

With a great science program and Vermont’s beautiful fall foliage in mid-October, we hope you make plans to join us.  Submit your abstract today!

The Scientific Organizing Committee for SDO 2016: 
W. Dean Pesnell (chair), Charles Baldner, Mark Cheung, Frank Eparvier, Meng Jin, Aimee Norton, and Barbara Thompson

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Partially Ionised Plasmas in Astrophysics – 3rd Announcement: Extended Registration and Abstract Submission Deadline

Elena Khomenko
24 Jun 2016

Tenerife, Spain
Monday 29th August – Friday 02 September

The registration and abstract submission has been extended to July 5, 2016.
Hotel reservation deadline – 28 July 2016

The meeting will cover various aspects of partially ionised plasmas in astrophysics, such as solar chromosphere, interstellar medium, protostellar discs, planetary magnetospheres and ionospheres, etc. The meeting aims to broaden and strengthen the collaboration of scientists working in partially ionised plasmas in astrophysics and space science and to develop common scientific interest that could enhance cross-collaborations between the different fields.

The meeting will focus on the observational and theoretical aspects of the following topics:

Fundamental physical processes in partially ionised plasmas
Waves and instabilities in partially ionised plasmas: theory and observations
Turbulence, dynamo and non-linear processes
Magneto-convection, flux emergence and reconnection in partially ionised plasmas

Web page:

On behalf of the Organizers:
Elena Khomenko and Istvan Ballai

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Fall AGU 2016 Session on “Organizing and Understanding Solar and Heliospheric Data for Discovery”

Jack Ireland
28 Jun 2016

You are invited to submit abstracts to the 2016 Fall AGU session “Organizing and Understanding Solar and Heliospheric Data for Discovery” (description below). Abstracts may be submitted here

The abstract submission deadline is 3 August 2016 11.59pm EDT.

Session Description:
The Sun influences the Earth through a complex set of interactions across interplanetary space. The behavior of this system is measured by many different instruments that produce many varied data. In the near future, the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope will produce data at rates exceeding the Solar Dynamics Observatory, and Solar Probe Plus and Solar Orbiter will bring entirely new perspectives on the Sun-Earth system. These disparate data are essentially different views of the same Sun-Earth system. Maximizing the scientific output from these variegated data is the key to progress, and the subject of this session. We solicit contributions covering the following topics:
– automated solar feature recognition and tracking
– cloud computing in support of solar big data analysis
– data/knowledge visualization and discovery
– efficient spatio-temporal data querying
– machine learning from solar data
– spatio-temporal pattern mining
– storage of, and access to big data repositories.

Conveners: J. Ireland (ADNET Systems, Inc.,/NASA GSFC), R. Angyk (Georgia State University)

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8th Coronal Loops Workshop – First Announcement / Save the Date

Steve Bradshaw
29 Jun 2016

Dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to announce that the 8th Coronal Loops Workshop will be held in Palermo, Sicily, during the week of 26 – 30 June, 2017. The venue for the Workshop will be the Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa, located in the old city centre. Fabio Reale will Chair the SOC.

Further announcements will be made in due course.

Best wishes,

Steve Bradshaw
(On behalf of the Coronal Loops Workshops Steering Committee)

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Fall AGU – SH019: Space Weather Forecasting: Science, Operations, and Missing Information: First Announcement

Mario Bisi
30 Jun 2016

Dear All.

We ask for contributed abstracts to our co-convened SH (Solar and Heliospheric Physics) and SM (Magnetospheric Physics) space-weather science, forecasting, operations, and missing information session at the upcoming Fall AGU in San Francisco, 12 – 16 December 2016 ( The abstract-submission deadline is 03 August 2016 at 11:59 P.M. EDT / 04 August 2015 at 03:59UT. However, if you submit early (before 27 July 2016 11:59 P.M. EDT/28 July 2016 03:59UT), you will be entered into a free prize draw for a VIP Package (see:

Full session details are below.  To submit, the first author must be the submitting author and must be an AGU member (before 24 July 2015).  First authors are allowed to submit one contributed abstract, or one contributed abstract and one invited abstract, or two invited abstracts to the science sessions.

To submit your abstract, please go here:

Please note that this session is being organized as one of the new alternate-format sessions and the details will be given in the next announcement; please see: for further AGU details on the alternate format sessions.  Invited abstracts and panelists to be announced in due course.

Best wishes,

Mario (on behalf of all the SH019 Conveners).

Session ID#: 12359

Session Description:
Society is ever-more reliant on reliable energy supplies and the technologies which they enable/run. These are susceptible to both extreme and everyday space weather (SW); the latter in the current solar cycle has proven to be more-surprisingly influenced by solar-wind structures and not just CME events. Such susceptibilities include power grids, aviation/maritime, communications, GNSS positioning/timing, etc…

Following the highly-successful session at Fall-AGU-2015, this session is intended to follow-up and expand/continue the assessment of the state-of-the-art global SW forecasting capabilities and establish where additional-services/improvements are necessary to advance our SW forecast/prediction capabilities.

The session solicits contributions of: the provision of suitable observations/measurements; the developments of scientific models into operational use; and ongoing developments of SW forecasting.  Contributions emphasizing science from SW operational missions (e.g. GOES/DSCOVR/NOAA-2020/Carrington) including those highlighting data/model gaps and that identify steps needed to further improve or keep existing SW forecasting services viable, are also very-much welcomed.

Primary Convener:  Mario Mark Bisi, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell Campus, OX11 0QX, United Kingdom
Conveners: Antti A Pulkkinen, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States and Americo Gonzalez-Esparza, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Ciudad DE Armería, Mexico

Co-Organized with:
SPA-Solar and Heliospheric Physics (SH), and SPA-Magnetospheric Physics (SM)

NH – Natural Hazards
P – Planetary Sciences
SA – SPA-Aeronomy
SM – SPA-Magnetospheric Physics

Index Terms:
4305 Space weather [NATURAL HAZARDS]
7594 Instruments and techniques [SOLAR PHYSICS, ASTROPHYSICS, AND ASTRONOMY]
7924 Forecasting [SPACE WEATHER]
7999 General or miscellaneous [SPACE WEATHER]

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Aimee Norton
01 May 2015

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