Science Priority Operations Topics for Global Geospace Science (GGS)
(acronym "SPOT" for GGS Science Priority Operations Topics)
A GGS Science Operations Topic (SPOT) is a topic of study of the magnetosphere
requiring special operations of the POLAR spacecraft and one or more of
its instruments. The topic of study ought to be the pursuit of coordinated
correlative studies using GGS/ISTP resources and
collaborating spacecraft and ground-based facilities.
The generation of SPOTs is the responsibility of the GGS science teams.
- An example of a SPOT is the study of the configuration of the magnetosphere
upper boundary layer during periods of enhanced auroral arcs, with the request
to POLAR of performing auroral imaging, while GEOTAIL is near the tail axis, and
WIND is in the solar wind.
SPOTs may also be proposed by any member of the space science community.
A SPOT will be generated via the SPOT Form
, which will contain a description of the opportunity.
Each SPOT will be listed in the SPOT catalog, from which the
completed forms can be accessed.
The time intervals for a SPOT will be selected by the GGS Science Operations
Coordinator and listed in the GGS Master Operations Schedule