ISWI Newsletter - Vol.7 No.02
14 January 2015

Dear ISWI Participant:

The emphasis of ISWI is on "Ground-Based Observation". So if you are doing that, we would be very glad to hear about your ongoing efforts in this area.

Moreover, if you are experiencing a particular problem, describe it and perhaps a newsletter subscriber can offer a solution to that problem.

This newsletter is "Open Forum" !

George Maeda
Editor of ISWI Newsletter


[1] IUGG session A16 - Energetic Particle Precipitation into the Atmosphere. (If you need a travel grant: Submission dead line is tomorrow!) (read it)

[2] Reminder for ROSMIC meetings (read it)

[3] January 2015 Project Report: "Autonomous Adaptive Low-Power Instrument Platform. (AAL-PIP) for Interhemispheric Space Weather Investigations Along the 40-degree Magnetic Meridian" (read it)

[4] Coimbra Solar Physics Meeting 2015; "Ground-based Solar Observations in the Space Instrumentation Era" (read it)

[1] IUGG session A16 - Energetic Particle Precipitation into the Atmosphere

From: Craig Rodger
Subject: IUGG session A16
Date: Tue, 06 Jan 2015 09:04:26

Dear colleagues,

We would like to encourage you submit abstracts to session A16 "Energetic Particle Precipitation into the Atmosphere: Sources and Atmospheric Impacts (Div II-D/IAGA Div II-VERSIM/ICMA)" at the IUGG meeting which will occur from 22 June - 2 July 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic. Apologies to those who receive this announcement multiple times. The important deadlines are listed below:

*Thursday, 15 January 2015* due date
for the abstract submission
in case of an application for a travel grant award;
*31 January* due date
for the abstract submission


Other important dates to be marked in your calendar:

*31 March* due date for the notification of
paper acceptance and successful grant application;
*10 April* early bird registration deadline.

You can find more information at the conference website:

Best wishes, Craig
on behalf of Mark, Bernd and Craig,
co-conveners of session A16

Description of A16 Energetic Particle Precipitation into the Atmosphere: Sources and Atmospheric Impacts (Div II-D/IAGA Div II-VERSIM/ICMA)

Convener: Craig Rodger (Otago, New Zealand)
Co-conveners: Mark Clilverd (Cambridge, U.K.) Bernd Funke (ICMA, Granada, Spain)

This symposium is targeted at both, satellite and ground-based and experimental observations, as well as theoretical investigations, into the precipitation of energetic particles into the D-region ionosphere and below. Particle precipitation into the atmosphere is one of the mechanisms for energetic electron loss from the Van Allen radiation belts. This is particularly significant during and after geomagnetic storms, when the loss rate, and the source population, can both increase. Submissions describing other examples of energetic particle precipitation affecting the mesosphere and stratosphere, for example solar proton events or hard-spectrum substorm precipitation, are also relevant for this symposium. Papers considering the precipitation drivers, the nature of the particle fluxes, or the impact of the precipitation on the ionosphere or atmosphere are welcome. We particularly welcome observations of atmospheric chemical changes caused by energetic particles, new measurements from the Van Allen Radiation Belt Storm Probes or BARREL balloon campaigns showing energetic electron loss examples, or approaches showing how electron precipitation impacts can be applied by the atmospheric community. Results from the SCOSTEP SPeCIMEN and ROSMIC programmes, as well as from SPARCís SOLARIS-HEPPA activity are solicited. This symposium is co-sponsored by the International Commission on the Middle Atmosphere (ICMA) of IAMAS.

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[2] Reminder for ROSMIC meetings

Dear friends of ROSMIC and ROMIC,
first of all my best wishes for you and your families for the New Year 2015.

I would like to draw your attention to the following meetings which are all highly relevant for ROSMIC and which have dedicated sessions for our topic.

1) "Conference on Sun-Climate Connections" Kiel, Germany, 16-19 March 2015
Abstract deadline: January 12th 2015 Details:

2) EGU in Vienna, 12-17 April 2015
Abstract deadline: 7. January 2015 (tomorrow!) Details: see e. g. session AS1.17: "Joint session of the MLT and the VarSITI-ROSMIC program"

3) IUGG in Prague, 22 June - 2 July 2015
Abstract deadline: 31 January 2015 Details:

Hope to see you soon at one or all of these upcoming events!

Kind regards, Franz-Josef

Prof. Dr. Franz-Josef Luebken
Leibniz Institute of Atmospheric Physics Schloss-Str. 6
18225 Kuehlungsborn, Germany
Phone: --49-38293-68100 (-0) Fax: --49-38293-6850
Email: luebken[at] url:

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[3] January 2015 Project Report:

This space weather project of Virginia Tech makes steady, sure progress. This report is only one-page in total length and so is a quick read.

Please open the attached file.

(sent in by Hyomin Kim)

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[4] Invitation to Coimbra Solar Physics Meeting 2015 5 - 9 October 2015, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to participate in the Coimbra Solar Physics Meeting Ground-based Solar Observations in the Space Instrumentation Era (5 - 9 October 2015, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal) for discussing the state-of-art of solar ground-based and space-based observing techniques and related topics.

This CSPM-2015 scientific meeting, sponsored by the VarSITI Program, will cover various aspects of solar dynamic and magnetic phenomena which are observed over the entire electromagnetic spectrum: white-light, Hα, Ca II, and radio from ground and in a variety of other wavelengths (UV and EUV, and X-rays) from space.

Emphasis will also be placed on instrumentation, observing techniques, solar image processing techniques, as well as theory and modelling through detailed radiative transfer in increasingly realistic MHD models. The long-term (cyclic) evolution of solar magnetism and its consequence for the solar atmosphere, eruptive phenomena, solar irradiation variations, and space weather, will be in focus. Here, special attention will be devoted to the long-term observations made in Coimbra and also to the results of the SCOSTEP VarSITI and SPRING / SOLARNET studies. In particular, the weak solar activity during the current solar maximum will be discussed. Finally, a session will be specially dedicated to new solar instruments (both ground-based and space-borne) that will give access to unexplored solar atmospheric features and dynamic phenomena over the coming years.

For further information please visit .

Sincerely, Ivan Dorotovic
On behalf of the organizers of the CSPM-2015
E-mail: ivan[at]

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(1) Project Report on Autonomous Adaptive Low-Power Instrument Platform (AAL-PIP) for Interhemispheric Space Weather Investigations Along the 40-degree Magnetic Meridian 417 KB pdf, 2 pages (click link to document)

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