Space Weather Euro News Vol.7 Issue 5 (27-03-2003)

Table of Contents: 
1. AGU "Space Weather" -- Call for Papers 
2. E-STAR: European Solar Terrestrial and Atmospheric Research Programme
   in Preparation Calls for Expression of Interest
3. International Reference Ionosphere == IRInfo No. 25 
4. Job Announcement: Research Positions at the Johns Hopkins University
   Applied Physics Laboratory
5. Job Announcement: Opportunities at the Institute of Space and Atmospheric
   Studies (ISAS), University of Saskatchewan, Canada
6. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA EMITS
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1.  AGU "Space Weather" -- Call for Papers 
From: Steve Cole

The new AGU publication, "Space Weather: The International Journal of  Research
and Applications," will begin accepting manuscript submissions on 31 March 2003.
Louis J. Lanzerotti, consulting physicist at Lucent Technologies' Bell Laboratories and 
distinguished research professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, is the Editor 
of the new online journal.

"Space Weather" will publish peer-reviewed technical articles that present the latest 
engineering and science research in the field, including studies of the response of 
technical systems to specific space weather events, predictions of detrimental space 
weather impacts, and effects of natural radiation on aerospace systems.

Authors interested in submitting a manuscript are encouraged to read the Author 
Guidelines now available at:

Beginning 31 March, manuscripts can be submitted via the World Wide Web 
using the AGU Geophysical Electronic Manuscript Submissions system at:

"Space Weather" is the first journal devoted to the emerging field of space weather and 
its impact on technical systems, including telecommunications, electric power, and 
satellite navigation. The online publication, which is expected to begin publication in 
September 2003, will include peer-reviewed research as well as news, features, and 
opinion articles.

For further information, write to

2. E-STAR: European Solar Terrestrial and Atmospheric Research Programme
   in Preparation Calls for Expression of Interest
From: Martin Fuellekrug 

The European Science Foundation (ESF) scientific network SPECIAL is in the 
process to rise interest for a larger EUROCORES programme towards a 
comprehensive, physics based understanding of space weather and solar forcing on 
the climate system. This interdisciplinary project includes the scientific expertise from 
the SPECIAL, space physics, climate modelling, and the information technology 
community. Scientists who are interested in the programme and may plan to submit 
proposals for personnel, experiments, data analysis, theoretical modelling, and/or 
infrastructure in the E-STAR framework programme are encouraged to express their 
interest via the E-STAR homepage by March 28th, 2003, at:
Contact: Martin Fuellekrug

3. International Reference Ionosphere == IRInfo No. 25 
From: Dieter Bilitza 

1) IRI solar and ionospheric indices file updated
2) IRI'2003 Workshop - Announcement and Call for Papers
3) IRIWeb interface now provides access to latest version
4) IRI-2000 software corrected and updated


1) IRI Solar and ionospheric indices file updated

The IRI file ig_rz.dat has been updated with the newest available indices and predictions 
and is now available at

The 12-month-running mean of sunspot number (R12) was obtained from the National 
Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) in Boulder, Colorado.R12 predictions from December 
2001 to December 2005 were obtained from the Ionospheric Prediction Service (IPS)
in Sydney, Australia. The 12-month-running mean of the ionospheric IG index (IG12)
and IG12 predictions were obtained from the World Data Center C1 (WDC-C1) in
Chilton, U.K.

The IRI team greatly acknowledges the efforts at NGDC, IPS, and WDC-C1 in
maintaining and updating the database of these indices.

Compared to the previous ig_rz.dat file (June 2002) the R12 predictions increased 
(July 2002: 90 to 103) whereas the IG12 predictions decreased (July 2002: 145 to 135).


2) IRI'2003 Workshop Announcement and Call for Papers

Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, October 6-10, 2003

The URSI/COSPAR Working Group on the International Reference Ionosphere 
(IRI) will hold its next annual meeting at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, 
South Africa, from October 6 to 10, 2003. IRI is the reference standard for 
ionospheric parameters recommended for international use by the Committee 
on Space Research (COSPAR) and by the International Union of Radio Science 
(URSI). The annual meetings are the primary venue for improvements and 
refinements of the IRI representation of ionospheric electron density, electron 
temperature, ion composition, ion temperatures and electron and ion drift. The
special emphasis of the 2003 Workshop will be on quantifying ionospheric 
variability. All papers related to IRI are welcome, particularly papers that point
out shortcomings of the model, papers that introduce improvements or new 
parameters, and papers that report on applications of the IRI model. It is 
expected that selected papers from this meeting will be published in Advances 
in Space Research. Organizing Committee:  L. McKinnell (South Africa), 
A. Poole (South Africa), D. Bilitza (USA)
Programme Committee: B. Reinisch (USA), D. Bilitza (USA), L. McKinnell 
(South Africa), K. Oyama (Japan), K. Rawer (Germany), P. Dyson (Australia),
S. Radicella (Italy/Argentina), P. Bradley (U.K.), S. Pulinets (Russia)
Abstracts are due by APRIL 15, 2003. Please include title, author(s), 
address with Fax and e-mail and send by e-mail to L.McKinnell
The length of the whole abstract should not be more than one page.
The homepage for the IRI 2003 workshop is at
More information about the IRI project and past IRI workshops can be found at
The homepage of the Hermann Ohlthaver Institute for Aeronomy (HOIA), 
the host institute, is at

3) IRIWeb interface now provides access to latest version

The IRIWeb interface at was upgraded to the latest 
version of the IRI model. IRIWeb lets user compute, list, and plot IRI parameters. 
In additional to the traditional IRI parameters (Ne, Te, Ti, Ni, TEC) users can
now also compute the equatorial vertical ion drift, the ratio foF2_storm/foF2_quiet, 
and the F1 occurrence probability using three different models. Several new input 
options are provided: (i) the user can specify the sunspot number (R) and the 
ionospheric index (IG), (ii) the STROM model can be turned on and off, (iii) for 
the topside electron temperature the new Triskov-Truhlik-Smilauer model can be 
used, (iv) for the D-region electron density the new Friedrich-Torkar model can 
be used, (v) for the F1 occurrence probability the user can choose between three 
model options.


4) IRI-2000 software corrected and updated

Several corrections and improvements were made to the IRI-2000 code and
the newest version of the IRI files is now available at
Thank you to all users who pointed out specific problems and often helped 
resolving them:
David Simpson, GSFC, Code 692/582;  Cemil B Erol, Turkey; 
Daniel Heynderickx, BIRA, Brussel, Belgium; Richard E. Denton, 
Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire; Kevin Jennings, SwRI, Texas; 
Bill Taylor, Raytheon ITSS, Lanham, Maryland; Minakishi Chamua, 
Dibrugarh University, Assam, India.

Specific corrections are listed with dates and short explanations in 
the comment field at the top of the Fortran program files, e.g.: 
(i) the reading of the Ap indices was sped up using keyed access; 
(ii) TABs were substituted by blanks and a 72 character per line limit
was enforced to conform with older compilers; 
(iii) an error in the computation of electron and ion temperatures with the new TTS 
electron temperature option was corrected; a December-31 problem of the the new 
D-95 ion composition model was corrected; 
(iv) users can now specify the ionospheric IG index as well as the sunspot number 
index; etc. 

4. Job Announcement: Research Positions at the Johns Hopkins University
   Applied Physics Laboratory
From: Ray Greenwald 

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is seeking research 
scientists with experience and interests in upper atmospheric physics, ionospheric physics,
and magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling. Opportunities are available at all experience 
levels ranging from Post-Doctorial Fellowships to Senior Staff appointments.  Particularly
needed are candidates who have knowledge of and experience with optical and radar 
remote sensing systems, ionosphere and thermosphere modeling, plasma processes in 
the ionosphere and mid-altitude acceleration regimes, and magnetosphere-ionosphere

The APL Space Department is an active and stimulating research and development 
environment where staff members have wide-ranging research interests and major new 
responsibilities for developing the ionosphere/thermosphere and radiation-belt spacecraft
for the Geospace Storms Mission under the NASA Living With a Star Initiative. 
Additional important ongoing programs include the research phase of the NASA TIMED
mission and ionospheric, atmospheric and magnetospheric research using the
international SuperDARN radar network, Polar auroral imaging research, and DMSP
energetic particle research.  The APL component of SuperDARN is funded as an 
Upper Atmosphere Facility within the National Science Foundation.

Interested scientists should send a letter describing their background and research 
experiences, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references to Ms Jennifer Allese at 
JHU/APL, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel, MD 20723. Questions relating to these 
positions should be forwarded to Ray Greenwald.  The level of appointments to be offered 
will be commensurate with the experience and background of the applicants.

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory is an equal opportunity, affirmative
action employer.

5.  Job Announcement: Opportunities at the Institute of Space and Atmospheric
   Studies (ISAS), Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, University
   of Saskatchewan, Canada
From: Alan Manson 

It is anticipated that there will be three Tenure Track positions within 3-5 years, at the levels 
of Assistant and Associate Professor: teaching responsibilities will be within the Department, 
and research within the Institute (ISAS), which is a Research Unit within the Department. 
Major research themes involve Atmospheric and Space Science: chemistry and physics of the 
terrestrial middle and lower atmospheres, including production and loss mechanisms for 
environmentally important molecules; dynamics of the middle atmosphere including 
measurements of waves, turbulence, related airglow parameters and studies of chemical 
transport; issues of Climate Change; the ionosphere in the auroral zone and polar cap,
including convection, current systems, plasma waves and instabilities, and aurorae; the 
magnetosphere and its Space Weather driven by the solar wind; and magnetosphere-
ionosphere interactions. Research activities are based upon a diverse set of observational 
systems, including ground-based radars and optical devices, and satellite-systems. There is
emphasis upon the design of systems and experiments, remote sensing, tomography and radar
techniques. Modelling activities are increasingly important. ISAS programs are International, 
collaborative and strongly linked to the Canadian Space Agency.

Potential candidates must possess a Ph.D. degree, or equivalent, in physics, applied physics,
engineering physics or electrical engineering and have post-doctoral or industrial experience. 
They should have a strong commitment to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels
and to the supervision of graduate students. Candidates with undergraduate degrees in 
Engineering Physics, Electrical Engineering, or who have the status of (or eligibility for) 
"Professional Engineer" will be favoured for some of these positions.

Interested persons should contact the ISAS Chair, preferably with a short CV and a brief 
summary (1-2 pages) of their research interests and ability to complement the ISAS 
Programs described above.

Professor Alan Manson, Chair
University of Saskatchewan
116 Science Place
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7N 5E2, Canada
Fax: (306) 966-6428 

6. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA EMITS 
 (From 15/01/2003 to 15/03/2003, Act.Ref.: 01.1QM.01) 

 (From 27/01/2003 to 14/03/2003, Act.Ref.: 02.1EM.05) 

For a complete list of ESA Tender Actions, see:

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