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Volume XXIV, Issue 73


Table of Contents

1. On the Future of the Sondrestrom Research Facility

2. Call for White Papers: Best Practices for a Future Open Code Policy for NASA Space Science

3. Save the Date for NASA’s 3rd Comparative Climatology of Terrestrial Planets: From Stars to Surfaces (CCTP-3) 

4. New Deadline (January 31, 2018) for GRL Special Section on the Eclipse Effects on Geospace

5. GRL Special Section: Initial Results of the ERG (Arase) Project and Multi-point Observations

6. JOB OPENING: Magnetospheric Physics Program Officer – Deadline Extended till January 17, 2018


Announcement Submission Website: http://goo.gl/forms/qjcm4dDr4g


On the Future of the Sondrestrom Research Facility

From: John W. Meriwether (jmeriwet at nsf.gov)

A Dear Colleague Letter regarding NSF planning for the future of the Sondrestrom Research Facility located near Kangerlussauq, Greenland, has been posted on the NSF web site:


Comments regarding the DCL content are solicited and are to be sent by email to jmeriwet at nsf.gov.

John Meriwether
Geospace Facilities Program Director
National Science Foundation


Call for White Papers: Best Practices for a Future Open Code Policy for NASA Space Science

From: Masha Kuznetsova (Maria.M.Kuznetsova at nasa.gov)

NASA has requested the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to investigate and recommend best practices as the Science Mission Directorate considers whether to establish an open code policy, complementary to its current open data policy. The committee appointed by the Academies to carry out this study is now soliciting community input in the form of white papers. Full details of the committee’s membership and schedule of activities, as well as the statement of task for this study and detailed instruction for drafting and submitting a white paper, are available on the study webpage <http://sites.nationalacademies.org/SSB/CurrentProjects/SSB_178892>.

The specific goal of this call for white papers is to hear broadly from the community on any issues, situations, or points of view relevant to the topic, to ensure consideration of the full set of possible consequences of any new NASA open source policy. For the purpose of this call, “open code” and “open source” refer to computer program source codes released publicly under an open source license, as defined by the Open Source Initiative <https://opensource.org/licenses>.

To be considered at the committee’s next meeting, white paper submissions are due no later than January 12, 2018. The committee strongly encourages authors to submit white papers by this deadline, but papers will continue to be received until midnight on January 31, 2018.

Questions about the project or white paper submissions may be directed to the project staff at: asheffer at nas.edu <mailto:asheffer at nas.edu>.

The Space Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provides independent, authoritative forums for information and advice on all aspects of space science and its applications.  Learn more about the Space Studies Board at nas.edu/ssb <http://nas.edu/ssb>.


Save the Date for NASA’s 3rd Comparative Climatology of Terrestrial Planets: From Stars to Surfaces (CCTP-3) 

From: Ofer Cohen (ofer_cohen at uml.edu)

DATES: August 27-30, 2018
WEBSITE: https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/climatology2018/

NASA’s 3rd Comparative Climatology of Terrestrial Planets: From Stars to Surfaces (CCTP-3) conference will promote cross-disciplinary conversation on climate processes at work on terrestrial planets both within our solar system and in extrasolar systems. The conference will synthesize present and past research in terrestrial climate science including solar/stellar influences. Also, it will provide a multidisciplinary forum for the identification of future research needs and missions. CCTP-3 will continue the dialogue and interactions started at the two previous conferences, CCTP-1 and CCTP-2. Scientists from all aspects of climatic processes research - including planetary science, heliophysics, Earth science, and exoplanet astronomy - are encouraged by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) to participate in and contribute to this conference. 


New Deadline (January 31, 2018) for GRL Special Section on the Eclipse Effects on Geospace

From: Wenbin Wang (wbwang at ucar.edu)

Manuscripts are solicited for the GRL-Special Section on the study of 21 August 2017 solar eclipse effects on geospace 

The new deadline is January 31, 2018.

Title of the special section: New understanding of the solar eclipse effects on geospace: the 21 August 2017 Solar Eclipse 

Special section description:

A solar eclipse generates dramatic changes throughout the Earth's geospace due to the fast reduction and recovery of solar EUV irradiation. It modifies local and global energetics, dynamics, and the ionospheric ionization supply, leading to substantial changes in the coupled magnetosphere-ionosphere-thermosphere-mesosphere (geospace) system. It is an idealized "active experiment" to explore the impulse-response dynamics of geospace and to address some of the fundamental scientific questions in geospace. The 21 August 2017 solar eclipse provides an unprecedented opportunity for this because of the large amount of observational data obtained during the eclipse with recent major advances in sensitivity, spatial/temporal resolution, and global coverage of measurements, as well as the development of sophisticated geospace modeling tools. This special issue aims at quantifying the new understanding of the solar eclipse effects on geospace. This new understanding includes, but not limited to, global ionospheric and thermospheric changes, responses of neutral composition, temperature, and winds, traveling ionospheric disturbances, geomagnetic and electric field disturbances, localized and meso-scale structures, lower ionospheric changes and associated impacts on VLF/LF/HF radio propagation.

Please use AGU GEMS system (https://grl-submit.agu.org/cgi-bin/main.plex) to submit your manuscript. When preparing your manuscript, it is important to follow the regular GRL data  and length  requirements.  See also GRL submission checklists and templates page for new and revised submissions. 

Finally, please note that AGU and its editors are also willing to extend this collection to articles that may be appropriate for JGR-Space Physics [Read full aims and scope], and Space Weather [Read full aims and scope]. 

Special section coordinators:

Wenbin Wang (NCAR HAO,    wbwang at ucar.edu)
Shunrong Zhang (MIT Haystack,    shunrong at mit.edu)
Aaron Ridley  (U of Michigan,    ridley at umich.edu)
Larisa Goncharenko (MIT Haystack,    lpg at mit.edu)


GRL Special Section: Initial Results of the ERG (Arase) Project and Multi-point Observations

From: Yoshi Miyoshi, Iku Shinohara, Kazuo Shiokawa and S-Y. Wang (miyoshi at isee.nagoya-u.ac.jp)

Dear Colleagues

We are very pleased to announce that the Geophysical Research Letters (GRL) will be soon accepting paper submissions to the Special Section for Initial results of the ERG(Arase) project and multi-point observations.

Submission window: January 1 – May  31, 2018.

Special section description:
The Arase (ERG) mission has been exploring the Earth’s inner magnetosphere, in particularly, the Van Allen radiation belts with six sets of onboard particle analyzers and two sets of onboard electromagnetic field measurements since its launch on December 20, 2016. The major purpose of the Arase mission is to study acceleration, transport, and loss processes of radiation belt particles and dynamics of the inner magnetosphere. One major characteristic of the Arase’s observation strategy is that various kinds of ground-based coordinated observations has been carefully prepared. Coordinated multi-point observations with satellites in space and ground-based observatories must contribute comprehensive understandings of physical mechanism of dynamically variation geospace environment. Indeed, Arase and its coordinated measurements in geospace has successfully observed several severe geospace storm events. This special issue expands upon new findings from these observations of Arase and ground-based networks as well as interplay among different missions. Results from related observations and modeling/simulation studies on the inner magnetosphere are also welcome.

Please use AGU GEMS system (https://grl-submit.agu.org/cgi-bin/main.plex) to submit your manuscript.

We look forward to many articles for this special section.

Special section coordinators:
Yoshi Miyoshi (ISEE, Nagoya University, miyoshi at isee.nagoya-u.ac.jp)
Iku Shiokawa (ISAS/JAXA, iku at stp.isas.jaxa.jp)
Kazuo Shiokawa (ISEE, Nagoya University, shiokawa at isee.nagoya-u.ac.jp)
Shiang-Yu Wang (ASIAA, swwang at asiaa.sinica.edu.tw)


JOB OPENING: Magnetospheric Physics Program Officer – Deadline Extended till January 17, 2018

From: Michael Wiltberger (mwiltber at nsf.gov)

We are extending the application deadline for the next Program Director for Magnetospheric Physics Program in the Geospace Section, Division of Atmopsheric and Geospace Sciences, Directorate for Geosciences at the National Science Foundation (NSF) to January 17, 2018.  We are looking for an experienced magnetosphere scientist with a flair for scientific leadership and an interest in community service, who is excited about the opportunity to work with us to maintain an excellent magnetospheric research program and shape the investment in magnetosphere science at NSF. In return, the position offers a unique chance to experience the inner workings of federal research programs and to influence the future development of Geospace science at NSF. 

NSF Program Directors bear the primary responsibility for carrying out the Foundation’s overall mission to support innovative and merit-evaluated activities in fundamental research and education that contribute to the nation’s technological strength, security and welfare. To fulfill these responsibilities in the Geospace Section requires a broad understanding of the science needs and opportunities in the Geospace Sciences; a commitment to high standards; receptivity to a breadth of new ideas; and good judgment. In this process, you will get unique opportunities to influence, and help lead, the direction of research and infrastructure investments in Geospace sciences. In turn, the experiences this provides, and the knowledge gained in the process, will contribute to your professional development and to your understanding of best practices at NSF and the community it serves.

Appointment to this position may be on a career civil service appointment or rotator position.  Rotator positions can be either Intergovernmental Personnel Assignment (IPA) or Visiting Scientist, Engineer, and Educator (VSEE) assignments. For more information regarding rotator assignments and eligibility, visit our website at https://www.nsf.gov/careers/rotator/ .   Applicants interested in the rotator position can find more information at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/484516500.  Applicants interested in the career civil service position can find more information at   https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/484515800

For questions or further information please feel free to contact Michael Wiltberger (mwiltber at nsf.gov) or Search Committee Chair (JMERIWET at nsf.gov) 


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