ISWI Newsletter - Vol.5 No.104
06 October 2013

Dear ISWI Participant:

I am pleased to attach for your inspection two papers coming out of the "UN/Ecuador Workshop on ISWI" last year in Quito.


Abstract: Crucial physical phenomena occur in the equatorial atmosphere and ionosphere, which are currently understudied and poorly understood. Then, scientific campaigns for monitoring equatorial region are required, which will provide the data for analyzing and creating adequate models. Ecuador is located in strategic geographical position where these studies can be performed, providing data for the scientific community working for understanding the nature of these physical systems. The Quito Astronomical Observatory of National Polytechnic School is working in this direction, promoting research in Space Sciences for studying the equatorial zone. With the participation and valuable collaboration of international initiatives like AWESOME, MAGDAS, SAVNET and CALLISTO, the Quito Observatory is creating a new space physics division on the basis of the International Space Weather Initiative. In this contribution, the aforementioned initiative is presented inviting leaders from others scientific projects to deploy their instruments and to join us giving the necessary support for the creation of this new strategic research center.

Keywords: Space Sciences, Quito Astronomical Observatory


Abstract: The Magnetic Data Acquisition System (MAGDAS) was installed in the protected Jerusalem Park in Malchingui-Ecuador in October of 2012, under the joint collaboration between Kyushu University of Japan and the Quito Astronomical Observatory of the National Polytechnic School of Ecuador. In this paper, we describe the installation process and present the preliminary data obtained with the MAGDAS equipment. The behavior of the four components, D, H, Z and F allow us to see the importance of having the Ecuador station where the magnetic field has not been systematically measured before, in valuable contribution to study of the equatorial atmosphere.

Keywords: MAGDAS, Equatorial atmosphere, geomagnetic field, Quito Astronomical Observatory, ICSWSE.

[End of this newsletter issue.]

Cordially yours,
George Maeda
Editor of ISWI Newsletter


(1) E. D. López ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NEW ECUADORIAN SOLAR PHYSICS PHENOMENA DIVISION. 913 KB pdf, 7 pages, (click link to document)

(2) E.López, G.Maeda, K.Vicente, K.Yumoto, N. Vasquez, H.Matsushita, A.Shishime, C. Vásconez FIRST MAGDAS EQUIPMENT IN ECUADOR 833 KB, 4 pages, (click link to document)

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