POLAR PI NEWSLETTER July 2004
PIs will be telephoned at their usual numbers
Other participants may call in at: 1-800-988-0215, password POLAR TELECON
(Leader: John Sigwarth)
Eclipse Season Operations
3. Next Polar Science Team
4. Candidate science topics for Senior Review proposal
5. E/PO Update
6. Science Discussion: PWI
The web site for the final agenda will be:
Tentative CY04 Science Discussions
[Errors/omissions/preferences to: email@example.com
Jul 2004: PWI
Aug 2004: MDI
Sep 2004: CAMMICE
Nov 2004: EFI
Dec 2004: TIMAS
Jan 2004: HYDRA
Feb 2005: MFE
Mar 2005: CEPPAD
Apr 2005: TIDE
May 2005: PIXIE
June 2005: SEPS
July 2005: UVI
Future Polar Telecons (tentative dates)
Most of the instrument teams should have received their full funding authorization levels for FY2004. The last funding authorization is nearing completion in the GSFC accounting system. Please verify that you have received your full funding for FY2004 at your institution. If you have not, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will continue to push on the system on our end to expedite this process.
All of the PI grants are in the final year of the three year grant cycle. NASA regulations require that new proposals be submitted and new grant numbers assigned. Please check the end date of your grant with your accounting personnel and contact John Sigwarth at email@example.com so that we can be sure the records are correct at both ends. Two months prior to your grant end date, I will need a final report for your grant. At the same time I will need a 3 year proposal including science and costs for continuing the research into the future. These proposals can be used as our launching point for the upcoming senior review. It is likely that only missions with extremely lean operating and data analysis costs will have any possibility of surviving the next senior review.
next Polar spacecraft maneuver is planned for
Next Polar Science Team Meeting
The call for the next Senior
Review is expected to be released in November of 2004. In order that we are
able to respond to this call, it will be advantageous if we can meet as a group
soon after the release. The
New Candidate Science for the Senior Review 2005
Coordinated Studies With the Groundbased Component of THEMIS.
The groundbased component of THEMIS will be deployed and tested in 2005 well before the THEMIS launch. This comprehensive northern hemisphere network along with POLAR and its new high bit-rate telemetry mode for in-situ measurements will be used to compare the field aligned current systems detected at higher altitudes with the ionospheric currents and auroral structures seen by the THEMIS ground-based measurements in the winters of 2005-2006 and 2006 to 2007. Thus the Polar-THEMIS synergy will allow important scientific study while validating the THEMIS ground-based component prior to the THEMIS launch.
Radiation Belts During the Declining Phase of the Solar Cycle.
It is known that the radiation belts behave differently during the declining phase of a solar cycle. In early 2005 and continuing through 2007, the Polar orbit will be ideally situated to cross through all zones of the radiation belts again through this declining phase of the solar cycle and continuing down to solar minimum. The long baseline of Polar measurements will be an invaluable resource for radiation belt modelers for the next half decade.
Coordinated High Time Resolution Observations of the Cusp
Polar in conjunction with Cluster can be used to resolve spatial-temporal ambiguities in the cusp. With Polar in its high bit rate telemetry mode for in-situ measurements, details of the cusp not accessible before will now be observed. In addition, Polar can get a second look with higher temporal resolution at the high energy particles in the cusp. The origin of these high energy particles has been the subject of considerable controversy.
The Best of Polar DVD is
progressing rapidly and most of the animations and visuals have been created
with the exception of the "sounds of the magnetosphere" piece. The
on-camera interviews were completed in April and the sound-bites are selected.
A number of PI teams have been assisting with this effort and we appreciate any
help that you have given to the team. You can see some of the new animations at
SCOSTEP Climate and Weather of the Sun-Earth System CAWSES
The Polar mission supported the 1st CAWSES space weather campaign, which ran in association with the campaign of CPEA (Coupling Processes in Equatorial Atmosphere) and the ISR World Days in March 29-
You should make every effort to ensure that your data are processed in a timely manner as we will be setting up a web page in support of this campaign. Please contact Nicky Fox (firstname.lastname@example.org) with relevant information about your data.
Science Discussion: PWI
Choose either the powerpoint presentation
or if you are using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer you can choose the web version.
The web version does not work with Netscape 7.1.
The PWI Science presentation can be found at http://pwg.gsfc.nasa.gov/polar/telecons/2004Jul09/pwi/