The Science Working Group for the Polar spacecraft
have organized an open, collaborative workshop to examine the basic natural
processes surrounding the transfer of energy and momentum across the
magnetopause and of electrodynamic coupling within the
The objective is to bring the Polar spacecraft observing teams together with the
broader SEC modeling, observing and theory communities in order to bring
focus to the current state of science understanding on the subject and to
stimulate further collaborative work.
The meeting will be organized as a series of topical sessions focusing upon
critical unsolved questions.
Exploring Interhemispherical Asymmetries:
How does the solar wind interaction with the magnetosphere lead to asymmetries
in the MI coupling processes?
When do solar wind and IMF induced asymmetries
dominate over seasonal effects?
Which substorm onset behaviors are symmetric between northern and southern hemispheres?
Are the effects of asymmetric ionospheric conductivity local or global?
Understanding inner magnetosphere particle acceleration
and transport associated with high-speed solar wind streams:
Why are recurrent high speed solar wind streams more effective in producing intense radiation belts?
How can we relate the efficiency of various acceleration and loss processes to solar wind input?
What are the acceleration and transport mechanisms responsible for the sudden creation of new inner radiation belts?
Understanding the ion and electron diffusion regions, solitary wave structures,
and the role of small scale field structures:
What terms in the generalized Ohm's law are important in controlling reconnection
and the physics of sharp boundaries?
Are solitary wave structures localized within the magnetopause layer?
How do the Earth's bow shock and magnetopause
mediate and facilitate the transfer of energy from the solar wind to the magnetosphere?
What are the conditions that favor steady and pulsed reconnection?
Impact of the Ionosphere on Geospace Processes:
How do ionospheric plasmas interacting at dayside boundary layers impact reconnecting processes?
Do terrestrial plasmas play a significant role in the formation and dynamics of the near-Earth plasma
sheet during substorm dipolarizations and storms?
What is the linkage between solitary and kinetic Alfven waves and dynamic plasma acceleration processes?
The time will be divided approximately equally between presentations and discussion.
An evening poster session will
further extend the opportunity for collaborative discussions.
Participation is open to everyone who can make a pertinent contribution to the topics.
The Polar science teams extend a special invitation to those from the
ground-based observatory and theoretical science and modeling communities.
The Polar Spacecraft Workshop will be held in
Iowa City, Iowa,
(located in eastern Iowa ~25 miles south of
Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
on the University of Iowa campus in Room 104 of the Iowa Advanced Technology
Lab., (corner of Madison and Market Streets)
Those wishing to participate and contribute presentations are asked to
provide a expression of interest and presentation
title by filling out the web form by October 31, 2003.
Meeting Agenda/Schedule -
As of 11/07 (minor scheduling revisions)
Eastern Iowa Airport, Cedar Rapids,
Iowa, located ~25 miles north of Iowa City.
Housing Sheraton Hotel, 210 S. Dubuque
Street, Iowa City, IA 52240. Tel: 319/337-4058
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Local ContactsDoug Menietti,
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Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242
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NASA Organizing Committee ContactsBarbara Giles
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- firstname.lastname@example.org, 240/228-3529; Rose Walsh
- email@example.com, 301/286-6150;
Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771