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ISEA 12 Tutorials

ISEA 12 will offer six 45-min tutorial talks on the first day of the meeting (Sunday, May 18, 2008), presented by senior scientists and leading experts in our community. The tutorials will provide comprehensive reviews of our present understanding of selected research topics in ionospheric and neutral atmospheric science. The emphasis will be both on the fundamental physics and the methods/techniques used to study these regions. The talks are aimed at the colleagues and students within our community who are not specializing in a particular topic, but wish to have a clear picture of the physics involved and our current understanding.

The tutorials will be dedicated to the memory of Tor Hagfors.

A talk in honor of the late Tor Hagfors will be given by :

Wlodek Kofman, Editor-in-Chief Annales Geophysicae, CNRS, France, “Tor Hagfors scientist and friend: his contribution to plasma physics and radar techniques”


Session S1 : Tutorials I

Don Farley, Cornell University, United states, “The equatorial E region and its plasma instabilities: A tutorial”

Ron Woodman, Radio Observatorio Jicamarca, Peru, “Spread F- An old Equatorial Aeronomy problem finally resolved?”

Bob Vincent, University of Adelaide, Australia, “Atmospheric Waves and Dynamics”


Session S2 : Tutorials II

Mike Kelley, Cornell University, United States, “Mid-Latitude Electrodynamics and Plasma Physics: A Tutorial”

Rod Heelis, University of Texas at Dallas, United States, “Internal and external influences on ionospheric electrodynamics at low and middle latitudes”

Umran Inan, Stanford University, United States, “Lower and Middle Atmospheric Electrodynamics”


ISEA 12 Invited speakers:

Session S3 : Equatorial lower and middle atmosphere

Yoshio Kawatani,  University of Tokyo, Japan, “Dynamics of the QBO and SAO revealed by a gravity-wave resolving GCM simulation”.

John Meriwether, Clemson University, United States,“New Results in Mesospheric Aeronomy Studies: a Review”

Mamoru Yamamoto et al., RISH, Kyoto University,  Japan, “MU radar 1D, 2D and 3D imaging of atmosphere and ionosphere”


Session S4 : Equatorial and mid-latitude MLT dynamics

William Ward, University of New Brunswick,  Canada, “Tidal Characteristics from the Extended Canadian Middle Atmosphere Model and Comparisons with CAWSES Tidal Campaign Results”

Martin Kaufmann, Juelich Research Center, Germany, “Long term variations and solar variability of atomic oxygen and hydrogen in the mesopause region”

Han-Li Liu, High Altitude Observatory, NCAR, United States, “Gravity wave distribution at low and mid-latitudes from the Nested Regional Climate Model”


Session  S5 : E-region plasma physics

Raj Choudhary, Space Physics Laboratory, VSSC, Trivandrum, India,  “What two-step Type I waves reveal about equatorial E region turbulence”

Lars Dyrud, Center for Remote Sensing, Inc., United States, “The formation, evolution and radar reflection from meteor trail plasma irregularities”

Roland Tsunoda, Stanford Research International, United States, “Irregularities in the low- and mid-latitude E region: A historical perspective”

David Hysell, Cornell University, United States, “Lessons learned observing Farley Buneman waves at low, middle, and high latitudes”


Session  S6 : F-region plasma irregularities: causes and effects

Bela Fejer, Utah State University, United States, “Longitude Dependent Electrodynamic Effects on Equatorial F-Region Plasma Irregularities”

Shoichiro Fukao, Kyoto University, Japan,“New aspects of mid-latitude plasma plumes revealed by radio and optical observations”

Erhan Kudeki, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States, “Initiation of Equatorial Spread F”


Session S7 : Ionospheric electrodynamics: Theory and numerical modeling

Michael Mendillo, Boston University, United States, “Approaches to the study of non-electrodynamical sources of ionospheric variability at equatorial and low latitudes”

Joe Huba, Naval Research Laboratory, United States, “Electrodynamics of the Thermosphere-Ionosphere-Magnetosphere System”

Naomi Maruyama, CIRES, University of Colorado and SEC/NOAA, United States, Low Latitude Storm Time Electric Fields and its Role in the Coupled Thermosphere-Ionosphere-Plasmasphere System

Chien-Hung (Charles) Lin, National Space Organization (NSPO), Taiwan, “Redistribution of the low-latitude ionospheric plasma structure during a major magnetic storm”


Session S8 : Coupling processes at low- and mid-latitudes

Hermann Lühr, GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, Germany, “Response of the low-latitude ionosphere-thermosphere system to high-latitude activity”

Toru Adachi, RISH, Kyoto University, Japan, “Transient Luminous Events as Lightning Effects in the Lower Ionosphere: Recent Progresses by ISUAL Measurements on FORMOSAT-2 satellite”

Sharon Vadas, Colorado Research Associates Division, United States, “Penetration of gravity waves into the F region from the lower atmosphere at low and mid latitudes”


Session S9 : New techniques, experiments, campaigns, and results

Jonathan Makela, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States, “New optical experiments for studying equatorial irregularities”

Greg Earle, University of Texas at Dallas, United States, “The New C/NOFS Neutral Wind Instruments: Laboratory and Flight Validation Results”

Tatsuhiro Yokoyama, Cornell University, United States, “Recent progress in studying equatorial and low-latitude irregularities with Equatorial Atmosphere Radar”

Thomas Immel, University of California at Berkeley, United States, “Space-based studies of low-latitude ionospheric forcing originating in the lower atmosphere”


Session S10 : Ionospheric storms and space weather effects

John Foster, MIT Haystack Observatory, United States, “Ionospheric Storm Fronts at Low and Mid Latitudes”

Takuya Tsugawa, STELAB, Nagoya University, Japan, “Large-scale traveling ionospheric disturbances observed by GPS receiver networks”

Bill Burke, Air Force Research Laboratory, United States, “Some Consequences of Stormtime, Global Energy Budgets”


Session S11 : Where are we going? Outstanding questions, future trends and challenges

Dave Fritts, Colorado Research Associates Division, United States, “Atmospheric wave dynamics and their effects on the equatorial ionosphere: What do we know, what are the unknowns, and which are the important topics?”

John Mathews, Communications and Space Sciences Lab, Penn State University, United States, “Meteor Science and Layering Phenomena in the Lower Thermosphere. Is there anything that we lack in basic knowledge and how should we go about getting it?”

Jorge Chau, Jicamarca Radio Observatory, Peru, “What else can we learn with coherent scatter radars about E and F region irregularities that we don't know? What else can we learn about ESF and midlatitude SF?”

Jean Pierre St-Maurice, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, “What are the objective/needs for new theoretical work on E and F region plasma instabilities and electrodynamics?”

Kazuo Shiokawa, STELAB-Nagoya University,  Japan, “Optical investigation of the ionospheric and atmospheric dynamics. How can we learn something more that is significant?”

Miguel Larsen, Clemson University, United States, “Accuracy issues of the existing thermospheric wind models. Can we rely on them in seeking solutions to wind driven problems?”

Jicamarca Radio Observatory

Arecibo Observatory

MU Radar

Equatorial Atmosphere Radar

Gadanki Radar

Imaging Radars


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