Space Weather Euro News Vol.3 Issue 19 (9-12-1999)

Table of Contents:
1. IRI info No 17
2. Symposium on "Comparison of Observations and Simulations
   of  Global Magnetospheric Structure"
3. Staff Scientist Position at MPE Garching (G)
4. Senior Research Position in Space Physics at NFR (S)
5. Some ESA Tender Actions

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1. IRI info No 17
From: D. Bilitza            E-mail:

Original from: IRInfo No. 17 *** December 3, 1999

1) IRI index file was updated with most recent indices:

The file ig_rz.dat, that contains the Rz12 and IG12 indices
for IRI, was updated with the most recent observed and
predicted indices. Observed indices are now included until
March 1999 and predicted values there after. We can get the
actual indices only until March 99 since the Rz12 computation
requires observations from 6 months ahead of the considered
month. The general trend of this update was a slight
decrease of indices for this year.

2) Technical Corrections:

Several technical corrections were implemented in the IRI code.
A big 'thank you' to Bernie McKenna of the British Antartic
Survey and to Phillip Webb of La Trobe University for
bringing these errors/inconsistencies to our attention.
The IRI subroutine tcon did not reset the number of days for
February back to 28 after a leap year. In subroutine XE2
under very special conditions the base x in
z=x**b1 can become negative; it is now being reset to zero.

As always, the latest version can be obtained from in directory

3) IRIWeb:

The IRIWeb site at
lets user list and plot IRI parameters. In response to user
requests several new features were added to the interface.
It now includes electron content as one of its output
parameters. The user now also has a choice of selecting (i)
the URSI or CCIR maps for the F peak, (ii) the Table- or
Gulyaeva-version for the bottomside thickness parameter B0,
and (iii) the IRI-86 ion composition model or the more recent
Danilov-95 model. These are optional parameters; defaults
are the standard IRI options.  Give it a try and let us know
what you like or do not like, or would like us to add.

2. Symposium on "Comparison of Observations and Simulations
   of  Global Magnetospheric Structure"
From:  Tuija I. Pulkkinen    E-mail:

First Announcement and call for papers for the 1st S-RAMP
symposium on "Comparison of Observations and Simulations
of  Global Magnetospheric Structure"  October 2-6, 2000,
Sapporo, Japan

Program committee:
T. Pulkkinen (Finland)
G. Rostoker  (Japan)

J. Birn, (USA)
T. Nagai (Japan)
R. Nakamura  (Germany)
N. Maynard  ( USA)
G. Parks ( USA)
J. Raeder  ( USA )
J.-A. Sauvaud  ( France)

The five-year period 1998-2002 of the S-RAMP (STEP - Results,
Applications, and Modeling Phase) particularly calls for model and
data comparisons using the set of observations that are continuously
being collected from the international fleet of ISTP spacecraft and a
wealth of ground-based instrumentation.

The recent improvements in both modeling techniques and computer
capacity now allow for quantitative comparisons among multipoint
observations and model results. At this stage it is useful to examine
both situations where the data and models agree and those where
agreement is not good in order to understand the physical situations
and processes during which agreement is and is not achieved. This
allows for definite identification of processes from observations as
well as further improvement of the models.

Special areas of interest include but are not limited to energy
transfer from the solar wind to the magnetosphere, magnetospheric
configuration and dynamics during substorms, magnetosphere-ionosphere
coupling both in the dayside and in the nightside, and ionospheric
convection and its relation to the IMF.

We solicit papers that use observations and one or more models to
quantitatively explore the model - data agreement. The models and data
sets may be local or global, and can be employed to focus on any
aspect of the solar wind - magnetosphere - ionosphere - thermosphere
coupling.  The observations could be based on particular events as
well as on characteristics drawn from a survey of events.

The deadline for receipt of abstracts is May 15, 2000.
Some limited financial support may be available for

For further information, please see the First Circular which has
been mailed out recently, or see the web site

or contact the Co-Convenors below

Tuija I. Pulkkinen               Gordon Rostoker
Finnish Meteorological Inst.     Solar-Terrestrial Environment Lab.
Geophysical Research             Nagoya University
P.O.Box 503                      Honohara 3-13
FIN-00101 Helsinki               Toyokawa 442-8507
Finland                          Japan
tel:   358-9-1929 4654           tel:  81-533-89-5182
fax:   358-9-1929 4603           fax: 81-533-89-5090

3. Staff Scientist Position at MPE Garching (G)
From:  Goetz Paschmann            E-mail:

The Max-Planck-Istitut fuer extraterrestrische Physik in
Garching, Germany, invites applications for the position
within the Space Plasma Group formerly held by Norbert Sckopke.
Candidates should have a PhD in Space Physics and thorough
experience in scientific programming. The successful
candidate will participate in the analysis of the Cluster
Electron Drift Instrument data and the development of the
ground software.  The position is initially for two years,
with the possibility for an extension to a total of five years.
For further information, contact Goetz Paschmann at

Applicants are to submit a letter of application, curriculum
vitae, publication list, and the names of three references,

G. Paschmann
MPI fuer extraterrestrische Physik
Postfach 1603
85740 Garching

4. Senior Research Position in Space Physics at NFR (S)
From: Hermann Opgenoorth             E-mail:

Naturvetenskapliga forskningsradet (Swedish Natural
Science Research Council) now invites applications for

Related to the EISCAT Svalbard Radar (Ref: 611-2420/99)

The Council's intention in creating this position is to
contribute to the recruitment of researchers and to the
renewal of research in Sweden. The programme is aimed
primarily at scientists with a doctorate and several years
of post-doctoral research. The positions are held for three
plus three years and are placed at appropriate university
departments in Sweden to be chosen in consultation between
the candidates, NFR and the universities. The applicant is
kindly requested to state at which university he/she wants
the position to be placed. The universities decide on tenure.
Duties can commence from July 1, 2000. The salary range will
correspond to that of an assistant/associate professor
(SEK 300,000-390,000 per year, i. e. USD 37,000 -48,000 per year).

A curriculum vitae including a list of publications, a short
research plan plus a description (maximum six pages) of
scientific achievements and pedagogical skills, and a maximum
of ten reprints of scientific papers should be appended. Other
documents which the applicant wants to refer to could also be
included. Four copies of the application and all appendixes
and reprints should be submitted.

Applications, quoting Ref, should reach the Swedish Natural
Science Research Council, Box 7142,  S-103 87 Stockholm,
Sweden, by December 15, 1999.

Further information can be obtained from Ms Natalie Lunin
at the Secretariat of NFR, phone no +46 8 454 42 32,
e-mail-address, fax no +46 8 454 42 50.

5. Some ESA Tender Actions

      (Open from 01/12/1999 to 28/01/2000, Act.Ref.: 99.112.09)

For more information and the complete list of ESA Tender Actions
please look at:

Note: This newsletter is an initiative of the ESA Space Systems Environment Analysis Section
and is intended to establish a prototype of a potential
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Weather community in Europe.

- SWEN contact group (which keeps SWEN informed of news coming from
  other channels)is currently:

 Eamonn Daly, ESA (excluding science programme)
 Richard Marsden, ESA science programme
 Maurizio Candidi, CNR
 Paul Cannon, URSI-Commission G
 Mike Hapgood,  EGS
 Hannu Koskinen, SCOSTEP working group on Space weather
 Pierre Lantos, ISES
 Henrik Lundstedt, Lund space weather center
 Goetz Paschmann, ISSI
 Jean-Yves Prado, CNES-ONERA working group on space weather
 Michael Rycroft, ISU
 Volker Bothmer, EGS-Solar Physics Secretary
 Wolfgang Baumjohann, MPE-German Representative

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