The Electronic Newsletter of the
Solar Physics Division
American Astronomical Society
Volume 2017 Number 2
Aimee Norton, editor
15 January 2017

Patrick Siler McIntosh – 1940–2016
David Webb
12 Jan 2017

Long-time solar researcher Patrick McIntosh died on October 16, 2016 after developing symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease about 2010. He is survived by his son Daniel McIntosh, daughter Elisabeth Schmidt and grandsons Taylor and Walker Schmidt, brothers Michael McIntosh and John Wesley “Jack” McIntosh, sister Becky Adams, along with two nieces and two nephews.

Pat McIntosh was born November 19, 1940 in Robinson, Illinois, to Margaret and Carl Kirkwood and later was adopted by his mother’s second husband, Virgil L. McIntosh. He graduated from Robinson High School in 1958, where he was first in the state Bausch and Lomb science competition for his research into sunspots. He was awarded a scholarship to Harvard University and graduated in 1962 with a degree in astronomy. One of his 15 minutes of fame was to be a roommate of the infamous Unabomber in one of the Harvard houses!

After graduation, Pat returned to Illinois and married his childhood sweetheart Judy in 1963.  From 1960 to 1965 Pat was a Research Assistant at Sacramento Peak Observatory in New Mexico.  He worked there under the tutelage of Henry and Elske Smith, John Evans, and Frank Orrall.  He and his wife moved there in 1963 after their wedding. While at Sac Peak he and Dr. Orrall established the world’s first continuous, full-disk white-light patrol for study of the birth and evolution of sunspots, and for the detection of white-light flares.

Pat can be considered one of the founding Fathers of what is now called Space Weather.  In 1965 he became a research space scientist with the Space Environment Laboratory (SEL - now the Space Weather Prediction Center) at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Environmental Research Laboratories in Boulder, CO.  He was one of the first three operational solar forecasters when regular solar-terrestrial services began on December 1, 1965.  He trained many of the early NOAA and United States Air Force forecasters and observers, gave invited training sessions for the NASA astronauts who flew on the three Skylab missions in 1973–1974, and was one of the NOAA on-site forecasters in Houston during the Apollo and Skylab missions. He also established the Boulder Solar Observatory for SEL in 1966, which was expanded in 1967 as a NASA Space Physics Analysis Network (SPAN) instrument. 

During his career, Pat studied the sun, tracking its solar cycles and documenting sunspots, solar flares and predicting solar activity.  He developed a new system of sunspot classification in 1966, which was named after him. The McIntosh classification system modified the Zurich evolutionary sequence of sunspot class and added descriptions of the largest spot and the degree of spottedness in the group interior, to define 60 distinct types of sunspot groups. This system is still widely used today.

In the late 1960s he developed methods for inferring solar magnetic fields from H-alpha imaging observations. He began producing these as H-alpha synoptic charts and, in 1973, they began to be published in NOAA’s Solar-Geophysical Data (SGD) Reports, the famous “Yellow books”. The McIntosh synoptic maps were unique in that they traced magnetic polarity inversion lines, and connected widely separated filaments, fibril patterns, plage corridors and coronal hole boundaries to reveal the large-scale organization of the solar magnetic field.  Pat’s legacy will continue as his nearly 45 years of synoptic maps are currently being scanned, digitized and archived under a project led by NCAR/HAO (National Center for Atmospheric Research/High Altitude Observatory) and Boston College, ISR (Institute for Scientific Research). The final, searchable versions of the maps, called the McIntosh Archives, are being made publicly available at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.

His experience with sunspot evolution and solar flares led to him being used as the “expert” cloned in a solar flare prediction expert system, Theo, in 1985.  Pat became a senior member of the research staff in 1983, and retired in 1995 after 30 years at NOAA.  During his career he traveled extensively to many countries including South America, China, Europe and Australia.  Around 1990 he spent 18 months in Australia as a visiting scientist, working with colleagues but also enjoying touring around Australia.  He spent several months in China and Australia helping set up early warning systems to detect sunspot disruptions to communications systems.

Pat was a long-time member of the American Astronomical Society, the American Geophysical Union and Sigma Xi. He was a Visiting Scientist to the Australian IPS (Ionosphere Prediction Service) Radio and Space Services from 1989 to 1990, and an invited touring lecturer for the Chinese Academy of Sciences in1990. He was co-convener and session chairman for the first conference on solar predictions: AIAA Solar Activity Observations and Predictions, Huntsville, AL, 1970, and co-edited with Murray Dryer the book of contributions, MIT Press, 1972.

Pat was Working Group chairman for each of the subsequent International Solar-Terrestrial Predictions Workshops: Boulder, 1979; Meudon, France, 1984; Leura, Australia, 1989; Ottawa, Canada, 1992.  He was also Working Group leader in each of the International Solar Cycle Workshops: Big Bear Lake, CA, 1986; Fallen Leaf Lake, 1987; Sydney, Australia, 1989; Sacramento Peak Observatory, NM, 1991. He was an organizer of The Physics of Sunspots workshop at Sacramento Peak Observatory, NM, in 1981.

After his retirement in 1995 Pat incorporated two businesses, HelioSynoptics, Inc. to continue his synoptic mapping, and McIntosh Graphics, Inc. through which he pursued his second passion, photography and graphic design.  Throughout his career Pat’s enthusiasm for solar physics and astronomy was an inspiration to his colleagues.  He will be missed.

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CESRA Highlight on Quasi-periodic Solar Radio Bursts
Eduard Kontar
03 Jan 2017

Observation of quasi-periodic solar radio bursts associated with propagating fast-mode waves by C. R. Goddard et al.:

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Thomas Metcalf SPD Travel Awards for 2017 – Call for Proposals from Meeting Organizers
J Todd Hoeksema
05 Jan 2017

The Solar Physics Division (SPD) is pleased to announce the Thomas Metcalf SPD Travel Award Program for 2017. The Thomas Metcalf Travel Fund was established in 2007 with generous contributions from his family and many others to help newer members attend meetings relevant to solar physics.

Two or three meetings will be selected by the Fund on the basis of brief proposals from meeting organizers. Meeting Organizers will select Metcalf Lecturers who can make significant contributions to the meeting. Grants are provided by the fund directly to the Metcalf Lecturers. The program is not limited to meetings of the SPD. The amount available this year for all awards is expected to be about $10,000.

Organizers of solar physics meetings that will take place before 1 March, 2018 are encouraged to submit proposals to the Chair of the Metcalf Travel Award Committee ( Meeting organizers must indicate in their proposal how they plan to maximize the impact of their meeting on the field of solar physics. Proposals must be received by 28 February 2017. Proposals should be no more than two pages. Detailed guidelines can be found at

Once selected, meeting organizers must seek out qualified applicants. Awards will go to one or more recent PhD’s chosen on the basis of both meeting relevance and the Metcalf Lecturers’ potential for future contributions to the field of solar physics. Metcalf Lecturers must be recognized in the meeting program.

Metcalf Lecturers apply directly to the meeting organizers, not to the Metcalf Travel Award Committee. Applicants must have been awarded their PhD after January 2013 or be a student within one year of completing their degree. Recipients must be a member of the SPD and not have received a Metcalf Travel Award in the past. Lecturers are expected to present their work at the meeting as requested by the meeting organizers, and after the meeting they must submit a one-page report describing their contribution.

For additional information about the program, please see

Metcalf Travel Award Committee:

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Heliophysics Summer School 2017
Susanne Demaree
06 Jan 2017

Heliophysics Summer School 2017

“Long-term solar activity and the climates of space and Earth”
1 – 8 August, 2017, Boulder, CO

Deadline is 24 February 2017

Applications are invited for the 2017 Heliophysics Summer School, which will be held in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. We are seeking students to join us this coming summer for a unique professional experience. They will learn about the exciting science of heliophysics as a broad, coherent discipline that reaches in space from the Earth’s troposphere to the depths of the Sun, and in time from the formation of the solar system to the distant future.

The 2017 Heliophysics Summer School focuses on the physics of the connections between the Sun, the heliosphere, the magnetospheres and the upper atmospheres of the planets.

The solar system offers a wide variety of conditions under which the interaction of bodies with a plasma environment can be studied, while exoplanets and Sun-like stars offer an even wider range of perspectives with lessons about our local cosmos from distant past to distant future.

The 2017 Summer School will begin with an overview of the various components composing the Heliophysical system, and review some of the universal physical processes at work throughout the system. It will then focus on long-term processes, from the Sun’s modulated activity to its influences on the climate systems of the heliosphere, Earth’s atmosphere and planetary environments. The class will draw on material from all four of the Heliophysics textbooks, but especially from the third volume of the series, Heliophysics III: “Evolving solar activity and the climates of space and Earth”.

The school will be based on lectures, laboratories, and recitations from world experts, and will draw material from the four textbooks Heliophysics I-IV, published by Cambridge University Press.

Approximately 35 students will be selected through a competitive process organized by the UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs. The school lasts for eight days, and each participant receives full travel support for airline tickets, lodging and per diem costs.

Student Application Requirements

• Currently enrolled as a graduate student in any phase of training, or first or second year postdoctoral fellow.

• Major in physics with an emphasis on astrophysics, geophysics, plasma physics, and space physics, or experienced in at least one of these areas.

• Pursuing a career in heliophysics or astrophysics.

For additional information on this program and instructions on how to apply, please visit the Heliophysics website at

For further information, call (303) 497-1605 or e-mail

The Living With a Star program of the Heliophysics Division in NASA’s Science Mission Directorate sponsors the Summer Schools. The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Visiting Scientist Programs collaborates with NASA in administering the schools. The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research is an EE/AAE who values and encourages diversity in the workplace. Images courtesy of NASA.

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Big Bear Solar Observatory – Call for Observing Proposals – 2017 Session 1
Haimin Wang
11 Jan 2017

New Jersey Institute of Technology announces the availability of a limited amount of observing time for the solar community at its Big Bear Solar observatory (BBSO) 1.6-m, off-axis New Solar Telescope (NST). The BBSO telescope allocation committee (TAC) is accepting outside proposals for the session 1 (2017 April 15 – Jun 30) observing quarter. Proposals are due Friday, March 10, 2017. Applicants are encouraged to collaborate with BBSO/NJIT scientists to facilitate proposal preparation, observations, and data analysis. Descriptions of the NST and its instrumentation are available at:

The observing proposal should be submitted via the following web link

Meanwhile, much of our existing data are already open to the community. The data availability with quick look movies can be found at:

Data can be requested via:

For additional information, contact: Prof. Haimin Wang (, Chair of TAC.

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National Centers for Environmental (NCEP) Visiting Scientist Program – Request for Proposals
Susanne Demaree
12 Jan 2017

Request for Proposals for NCEP Visiting Scientist Program
National Centers for Environmental Prediction

Managed by the UCAR Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science (CPAESS)

Applications accepted anytime and are reviewed on a rolling basis.

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) and UCAR announce a Visiting Scientist Program that will provide opportunities for scientists in the academic community, government laboratories, and the private sector to interact with colleagues at NCEP.

NCEP delivers national and global weather, water, climate and space weather guidance, forecasts, warnings and analyses to a broad range of users and partners. These products and services respond to user needs to protect life and property, enhance the nation’s economy, and support the nation’s growing need for environmental information.

This program offers an opportunity for the research community to be fully integrated within a national scale operational environment for discrete periods of time. Researchers integrated within “operations” will provide great benefit to NOAA research to operations (R2O) transition activities, bringing new concepts, tools, processes, and innovation to the conduct of “operations” more efficiently. Their presence will enhance ongoing activities and catalyze new efforts at several of the onsite test-beds while promoting an environment ripe for innovation. By immersing visiting scientists in the NCEP operational infrastructure, they can carry valuable insights and capabilities back to their home institutions, thereby facilitating O2R support.

Visiting appointments will be made at the NCEP locations listed below:

• Aviation Weather Center (Kansas City, MO)
• Climate Prediction Center (College Park, MD)
• Environmental Modeling Center (College Park, MD)
• National Hurricane Center (Miami, FL)
• NCEP Central Operations (College Park, MD)
• Ocean Prediction Center (College Park, MD)
• Storm Prediction Center (Norman, OK)
• Space Weather Prediction Center (Boulder, CO)
• Weather Prediction Center (College Park, MD)

Suggested Collaboration Subjects

Please note that an important criterion for the funding is that the work be truly collaborative. Examples of projects include the following:

• Activities that improve understanding of forecasting problems
• Activities that address some critical aspect of operational model development
• Incorporation of social science knowledge and practices to communicate forecast uncertainty
• Activities that will increase university research community’s awareness of operational problems and needs
• Activities that will create new data analysis techniques with wide application and usefulness in operational forecasting
• Activities that facilitate or improve the use of new observing systems

Types of Appointments

Openings include positions for Visiting Scientists and Graduate Students.

Visiting Scientists: The program places a special emphasis on short-term visits (e.g., one week to a few months) by experienced research scientists from academia, government laboratories, or the private sector. Such visits will permit interested scientists to interact both with model developers and diagnosticians in the Environmental Modeling Center and with forecasters and technique developers in the various service centers of NCEP. Proposed visits that offer the potential for improving the utility of successful research projects in the operational framework are of particular interest to NCEP, but visitors whose interest is principally on some critical aspect of model or tool development are also strongly encouraged to apply.

Graduate Students: Graduate students interested in working on a thesis topic specifically relevant to the efforts of the various service centers are encouraged to apply with the appropriate center. Such student participation will require a close collaboration between NCEP and the student home institution, specifically the thesis advisor. Applications for graduate students should be initiated by a sponsoring scientist.

All participants in this program will be UCAR visitors. Travel and local living costs will be covered and administered by the UCAR UCAR Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science (CPAESS) office.

How to Apply

There is no application form or deadline for applications. Applications are reviewed throughout the year as they are received. Qualified scientists are encouraged to apply to this program by submitting the following as a single *.pdf attachment:

1.A cover letter stating the name of this program and the specific center(s) to which the applicant is applying. The letter (2 page maximum) should include:

• the proposed visit goals and objectives,
• an approximate time schedule,
• a general statement of how research interests and experience relate to the specific activities of the NCEP center.

2. Curriculum vitae (3 page maximum)

3. A two-page summary (with a specific title) of the proposed project. The summary must include the following:

• Current area of work and what new work you would initiate in this project
• Previous or potential collaborations with NCEP
• A description of the work in non-technical detail
• Specific resources you would require
• Describe the tangible outcomes you expect from the collaboration

4. The names and contact information of three professional references.

Applications may be sent electronically to Kendra Greb (
(UCAR cannot accept *.zip files)

CPAESS also accepts applications mailed to:

UCAR Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science (CPAESS)
P.O. Box 3000
Boulder, CO 80307-3000

Review Criteria

Proposals are reviewed by the NCEP Office of the Director and the appropriate NCEP Center, generally within one month of receipt. Proposals will be evaluated on the quality of the applicant’s proposed goals and objectives, relevance of activity to NCEP’s strategic needs, and the availability of funds.

For More Information

Please contact:

Genene Fisher, NCEP Executive Officer ( or
Meg Austin, Senior Advisor, UCAR CPAESS (

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Topical Issue of Solar Physics "Combined Radio and Space-based Solar Observations: From Techniques to New Results" – Call for Statements of Interest
Eduard Kontar
13 Jan 2017

We solicit manuscripts on this general subject for inclusion in this Topical Issue (T.I.) of the journal Solar Physics, which is outgrowth of CESRA’s (Community of European Solar Radio Astronomers; successful 2016 workshop (see Topics to be considered for the T.I. include: Particle acceleration and transport; CMEs, shock waves, and their radio diagnostics; Fine structures and radio wave propagation; Radio emission from non-flaring active regions and the quiet Sun; Space Weather; Future solar/heliospheric radio instruments.

Please fill in the statements of interest (Using the Google Form) with a tentative title, name and e-mail of the corresponding author, author list, and three suggestions for referees by February 15, 2017.

The Topical Issue is not a conference proceedings volume and is not limited to research presented at the CESRA workshop. All submissions must be original papers that meet the quality and peer-review standards of Solar Physics.

Authors will be able to submit their articles, through the Solar Physics on-line submission system, from February 2017 to 15 May 2017.  Please note Solar Physics will have Continuous Article Publishing, i.e. all accepted articles are included in the current issue being built and do not wait for the rest of the TI articles to be accepted. TI articles will be collected online under their specific topical tab and are considered to be printed together as a (“spin-off”) book.

Guest Editors: Eduard Kontar and Alexander Nindos;
Solar Physics Editors: Lidia van Driel-Gesztelyi and Mike Wheatland

Kind regards
Alexander & Eduard

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Employment Opportunities

Royal Observatory of Belgium – Statutory Position for a Solar Physics/Space Weather Scientist
David Berghmans
12 Jan 2017

We expect the imminent opening of a statutory (i.e. permanent) position for a solar physics/ space weather scientist at the Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB). The formal job announcement will be released through the newsletter of the Belgian federal government ( early February 2017, with a deadline for application submission within 30 days. 

The job content will focus on a leading role related to the space weather activities at ROB, the coordination of ROB’s solar data streams (from space and from the ground), and to independent scientific research.

Besides the usual criteria for scientific excellence, the job opening necessarily follows the language regulations of the Belgian federal government. That means in this case that applicants must have a validated proof of mastering the Dutch language.  Please contact for any further detail on this upcoming job opening.

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Joint Tenure-track Faculty Position at the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Solar Observatory – Reminder
Valentin Martinez Pillet
12 Jan 2017

The Search Committee for the Joint Tenure-track Faculty Position at the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Solar Observatory has started reviewing applications. Review of the applications will continue until the position is filled, but it is recommended that applications be submitted as soon as possible.

To apply:

  1. Go to and click on Search for Career Opportunities
  2. Introduce job 07407 and hit enter.
  3. At the bottom of the page click on apply
  4. On the new page click on New User
For more information please contact Valentin M. Pillet, Search Committee Chair, (303) 735-7365, The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer

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Dunn Solar Telescope – Chief Telescope Engineer
R. T. James McAteer
13 Jan 2017

In order to enable a transition of operations of the Sunspot site from the National Solar Observatory to a multi-institute consortium,  New Mexico State University is seeking an experienced telescope systems engineer as a Chief Telescope Technologist for the day time observations at the Dunn Solar Telescope in Sunspot, NM.

Responsibilities include maintaining and documenting the telescope control system at the Dunn Solar Telescope. Including telescope interface relating to pointing adaptive optics systems and instrument connectivity to main observer platform. The successful candidate will also make recommendations for Telescope Control System upgrades and will be involved in the design and implementation of a new system, including both hardware and software. Includes maintenance, troubleshooting, programming, data analysis, and upgrade projects.

We are looking for individuals with a B.S. in astronomy or related field and significant experience directly related to the standard duties as outlined or equivalency. Ability to work independently, and in a small team, is critical. Physical work location is at an altitude of 9200 ft

Required application documents include: CV/Resume, three references, and unofficial copy transcripts; all documents must be attached the NMSU electronic application system:

Benefits: See

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Meeting Announcements

AOGS 2017 – Singapore, 6–11 August: Call for Abstracts for Session ST06: Origin, Eruption, Propagation and Space Weather Effect of Magnetic Flux Ropes
Hongqiang Song
01 Jan 2017

Session ST06: Origin, Eruption, Propagation and Space Weather Effect of Magnetic Flux Ropes

Deadline for Abstract Submission: 15 Feb 2017


Coronal mass ejections (CMEs) and flares are the most energetic eruptive phenomena in the solar system, which can disturb the interplanetary space environment seriously and influence some high-technology activities of human being. It is believed that the origin and eruption of magnetic flux ropes are closely related with CMEs and Flares, and the flux ropes may lead to strong geo-magnetic storms when they collide with the Earth’s magnetosphere. However, it is not a trivial task to identify the flux rope structures and analyze their associated characteristics on the Sun as no reliable measurement of coronal magnetic field is available at the present time. Further, we do not know the detailed propagation process of magnetic flux ropes and induced space weather effect due to limited space exploration resources. Therefore, the origin, eruption, propagation and space weather effect of magnetic flux ropes are not yet adequately addressed. This session solicits contributions focusing on the studies of solar and interplanetary magnetic flux ropes from both observations/laboratory experiments and simulations/theoretical analysis.

Dr. Hongqiang Song (Shandong University, China)
Dr. Chenglong Shen (University of Science and Technology of China, China)
Dr. Xin Cheng (Nanjing University, China)
Dr. Qiang Hu (University of Alabama in Huntsville, United States)

For more information, please contact Hongqiang Song at

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AOGS 2017 – Singapore, 6–11 August: Call for Abstracts for Session ST02: Energetic Particle Acceleration and Transport in the Heliosphere
Linghua Wang
02 Jan 2017

ST02: “Energetic Particle Acceleration and Transport in the Heliosphere”
AOGS meeting, Singapore, 6-11 August 2017 (
Abstract submission deadline:  Wednesday, 15 Feb 2017

Energetic particles are an important topic of space plasma physics, encompassing solar physics, interplanetary physics and geophysics. However, many details still remain unknown. Particle acceleration processes include magnetic reconnection, wave-particle interaction, collisionless shock wave, etc., and particle transport processes include adiabatic motion, parallel and perpendicular diffusions, random walk of magnetic field lines, wave-particle interaction, etc..
This session invites contributions that discuss space-borne and ground-based observations, and theory/modeling of the processes of energetic particle acceleration and transport in the heliosphere.

Linghua Wang (Peking University, China), Gang Li (University of Alabama in Huntsville, United States), and Kyoko Watanabe (National Defense Academy of Japan, Japan)

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AOGS 2017 – Singapore, 6–11 August: Call for Abstracts for Session ST07: The Wave Coupling Between the Lower Solar Atmosphere and Corona: MHD Approach
Viktor Fedun
03 Jan 2017

Dear Colleagues.

I would like to draw your attention to the ST07 session: ‘The Wave Coupling Between the Lower Solar Atmosphere and Corona: MHD Approach’ in the framework of Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) conference.
The 14th Annual AOGS will take place in Singapore, 6–11 August 2017. Further details regarding abstract submission, registration, accommodation and relevant deadlines can be found on the meeting website:
Important! Abstract submission deadline is 15 February 2017.

ST07 ‘The Wave Coupling Between the Lower Solar Atmosphere and Corona: MHD Approach’

Dr. Viktor Fedun (University of Sheffield, United Kingdom),
Dr. Gary Verth (University of Sheffield, United Kingdom),
Prof. Marcel Goossens (KU Leuven, Belgium),
Dr. Sergiy Shelyag (University of Northumbria, United Kingdom),

Session Description
The highly dynamic lower part of the solar atmosphere is a rich source of magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) waves, which are excited by various plasma processes, such as granular buffeting, vortex motions, plasma jet generation, magnetic reconnection etc. These MHD waves propagate in magnetic flux concentrations which act as waveguides and connect the solar interior with the atmosphere up to the transition region and solar corona. It is now widely accepted that these waves play an important role in energy transfer between the lower and upper solar atmosphere. Nevertheless, the physical mechanisms that lead to conversion of wave energy into heat are still not clarified. Recent high-resolution ground- and space-based solar instruments, such as IBIS/DST, CRISP/SST, ROSA/DST, IRIS, Hinode, SDO, Hi-C, have provided a wealth of high spatial/temporal resolution data tracking wave propagation and damping. This provides theorists with crucial observational evidence for either supporting or refuting the proposed wave-based heating models, through indirect measurements of plasma properties such as magnetic fields, electron and mass density structure and velocity. In this session we will discuss the recently obtained results on multi-scale MHD wave mode propagation, conversion and damping obtained in the theoretical/numerical modelling and high-resolution observations.

With our Best Regards,
Viktor Fedun, Gary Verth, Marcel Goossens and Sergiy Shelyag.

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PSTEP-2 – The 2nd PSTEP International Symposium “Toward the Solar-Terrestrial Environment Prediction as Science and Social Infrastructure”
Kanya Kusano
03 Jan 2017
First Announcement of PSTEP-2

The 2nd PSTEP International Symposium (PSTEP-2) “Toward the Solar-Terrestrial Environment Prediction as Science and Social Infrastructure” It is our great pleasure to announce that the 2nd PSTEP International Symposium (PSTEP-2) will be held at Kyoto University from 23 to 24 March, 2017. PSTEP-2 is the international symposium organized by the Project for Solar-Terrestrial Environment Prediction (PSTEP), which is a multi-institute project supported by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas from MEXT/Japan. This symposium will provide valuable opportunities to discuss the current status and future prospect of solar-terrestrial environment prediction as well as to foster the international joint research of the space weather and space climate studies. This symposium addresses mainly the prediction of solar storm and solar cycle and its influences on global environment. Also the economic impacts of space weather disaster and geo-space disturbances are included in the scope of the symposium. The program consists of keynote and invited presentations, contributed presentations, and open discussions. We are looking forward to your participation in PSTEP-2 and welcoming you to the beautiful city Kyoto in March.

Date: 23 to 24 March, 2017

Venue: Science Seminar House, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University   #10

Organizer/Host: Project for Solar-Terrestrial Environment Prediction (PSTEP)

- Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research (ISEE), Nagoya University
- Kwasan and Hida Observatories, Kyoto University
- Integrated Earth and Planetary Science Hub, Kyoto University

Keynote lectures (tentative tile):
- Quantifying the economic impact of extreme space weather, Edward Ougton, Centre for Risk Studies, University of Cambridge
- Understanding the mechanism of solar eruptions, Bernhard Kliem, Institute of Physics & Astronomy, University of Potsdam
- Exploration of energization and radiation in geospace “ARASE” (ERG) mission, Yoshizumi Miyosi, ISEE, Nagoya University
- Influence of the 11-year solar cycle on climate, Lesley Gray, Department of Physics, University of Oxford

Invited Speakers:
- Mike Wheatland, The University of Sydney
- Bernard V. Jackson, UCSD
- Sung-Hong Park, The University of Dublin
- Bernd Funke, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, CSIC
- Daniel Marsh, NCAR
- Yvan Orsolini, Norwegian Institute for Air Research Registration: The online registration for PSTEP-2 is available from January 16, 2017 to February 17, 2017 at

Science organizing committee: Kanya Kusano, Kiyoshi Ichimoto, Shigeo Yoden, Mamoru Ishii, Yoshizumi Miyoshi

Local organizing committee: Kiyoshi Ichimoto, Shigeo Yoden, Ayumi Asai, Takako Ishii

- phone: +81-52-747-6333 (PSTEP Secretariat, ISEE, Nagoya University)

Prior symposium:
- PSTEP-1:

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URSI 2017 General Assembly & Scientific Symposium – Call for Submissions
Inge Heleu
30 December 2016
URSI 2017 GASS Call for Submissions




The URSI GASS welcomes your submission and offers you the best and a unique platform to present your research work.

This conference is also an excellent opportunity for EARLY CAREER SCIENTISTS AND STUDENTS.

URSI supports a strong Young Scientist programme, which will provide support for young researchers under 35 to attend this meeting. Students can also participate in the Student Paper competition. SUBMIT YOUR PAPER HERE (

Copyright © 2016, URSI, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
URSI Secretariat, c/o INTEC, Ghent University
Technologiepark-Zwijnaarde 15, B-9052 Ghent, Belgium

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URSI 2017 General Assembly & Scientific Symposium – Solar, Planetary, and Heliospheric Radio Emissions
Patrick Galopeau
10 January 2016
XXXIInd International Union of Radio Science

General Assembly & Scientific Symposium (URSI GASS)

19 – 26 August 2017

Palais des Congrès, Montréal, Canada


Commissions HJ

Solar, Planetary, and Heliospheric Radio Emissions

Paper submission deadline: January 30th, 2017

Home page:

Abstract soumission:

Commission H sessions:

Commissions HJ - "Solar, Planetary, and Heliospheric Radio Emissions”

Conveners: P. Galopeau, G. Mann, H. O. Rucker, Y. Yan, S. White, T. Bastian

The Sun, solar system magnetized planets, and the heliosphere are sources of intense non-thermal radio emissions. Thus solar system radio astronomy and plasma physics provide most important tools that complement those of other space- or ground-based observations in Gamma rays, X-rays, EUV/UV, and the visible, etc., for understanding these non-thermal processes and energetic particles occurring in solar bursts and their influence from the solar surface to heliospheric space. New generation or upgraded radio telescopes, either solar-dedicated or non-solar-dedicated, have (will) come into use, including ALMA, E-OVSA, EVLA, GMRT, LOFAR, MUSER, and MWA, as well as the Ukrainian radio telescopes UTR-2, URAN, and GURT, the radio spectrometers aboard Stereo spacecraft, and the future SKA. These instruments provide new possibilities to measure the non-thermal radiation in an unprecedented way and open new windows for a better understanding of the radio emission processes in space (with applications to astrophysical objects, like supernovae remnants or active galactic nuclei). They also provide diagnostic tools for extrasolar planets, since these processes are the same basic plasma processes in space. Complementary studies are highly welcome including analysis from spaceborne experiments (e.g. Cassini, Galileo, Ulysses, Wind, Juno), laboratory and experimental studies, theoretical investigations devoted to the generation mechanisms and particle acceleration processes, and preparatory studies of forthcoming space missions (such as Bepi-Colombo and JUICE). Resonance, Solar Orbiter, Solar Probe, Taranis). This session will provide an important platform for solar radio astronomers, plasma physicists, planetary scientists, astrophysicists, and radio scientists to communicate and discuss a wide range of interesting and exciting topics, including the recent progress of radio observations of the Sun, solar wind, and planets, spacecraft measurements, data processing, theories, new technologies, and beyond.

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Our Mysterious Sun: Magnetic Coupling Between Solar Interior and Atmosphere – Tbilisi, Georgia, September 25–29, 2017
Teimuraz Zaqarashvili
04 Jan 2017

This is the first announcement of the conference “Our mysterious Sun: magnetic coupling between solar interior and atmosphere”, which will be held in Tbilisi (Georgia) during September 25–29, 2017. The conference will be hosted by Ilia State University and Abastumani Astrophysical Observatory.

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Scientific Rationale

Recent high resolution observations and numerical simulations clearly show that the solar interior and different layers of the atmosphere are interconnected via magnetic field, which leads to complex processes of energy transport and dissipation. The complete understanding of those processes needs to increase the observational and theoretical efforts to study the fundamental problems of magnetized plasmas. The conference – “Our mysterious Sun: magnetic coupling between solar interior and atmosphere” will be held in Tbilisi (Georgia) during September 25–29, 2017. The conference aims at discussing current achievements and future perspectives of magnetic connection between solar interior, photosphere, chromosphere, corona and solar wind. Latest developments in preparation of upcoming solar missions (solar probe, solar orbiter) and ground based telescopes (DKIST, EST) as well as in large-scale numerical simulations will be also discussed. Theoreticians and observers, experienced and young scientists are encouraged to attend.

Scientific organizing committee

Roberto Bruno (INAF, Italy)           
Mats Carlsson (University of Oslo, Norway)             
Arnold Hanslmeier (University of Graz, Austria)         
Laurent Gizon (MPI für Sonnensystemforschung, Germany)       
Mihalis Mathioudakis (Queen’s University Belfast, UK)         
Scott McIntosh (HAO, NCAR, USA)         
Kris Murawski (UMCS, Poland)           
Valery Nakariakov (University of Warwick)         
Leon Ofman (CUA and NASA GSFC, USA)           
Ramón Oliver (University of Balearic Islands, Spain)           
Stefaan Poedts (University of Leuven, Belgium)         
Teimuraz Zaqarashvili (Ilia State University, Georgia and University of Graz, Austria, Chair)         

Local organizing committee

Teimuraz Zaqarashvili (Chair)
Eka Gurgenashvili
Vasil Kukhianidze
David Kuridze
Giorgi Ramishvili
Bidzina Shergelashvili
Maya Todua

Please send your inquiries or comments to the following email address:

Teimuraz Zaqarashvili (on behalf of the SOC and the LOC)

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EGU 2016 – Session ST1.9: Solar Magnetic Field, Helicity and Solar Eruptions
Haiqing Xu
06 Jan 2017

Dear Colleagues,
On behalf of the conveners of the EGU General Assembly session ST1.9 (Solar Magnetic Field, Helicity and Solar Eruptions) to be held on 23 Apr. to 28 Apr., 2017 in Vienna, Austria. Welcome to submit the abstract to this session:

Please also encourage your colleagues to submit abstract to session ST1.9.

Deadline for Abstract submission: 11 Jan 2017, 13:00 CET

Looking forward to meeting you in Vienna

Best regards,

Shangbin Yang & Haiqing Xu

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EGU 2016 – Session ST1.5: Theory and Simulation of Solar System Plasmas - Focus on Solar Plasmas
Philippa Browning
09 Jan 2017

European Geosciences Union
General Assembly 2017 Vienna, Austria, 23 – 28 April 2017
Session ST1.5
Theory and Simulation of Solar System Plasmas - Focus on Solar Plasmas
Deadline for receipt of abstracts: 11 January 2017, 13:00 CET
Home page:
Abstract soumission:
Session details:

Scope of the session:
Theory and simulations of solar system plasmas aims to present and discuss new plasma-physical results spanning the whole range from microscopic to global scales, achieved by theoretical investigations and numerical simulations of the plasma dynamics in the solar system in comparison with experiments and observations in the heliosphere, at the Sun, the solar corona, in the interplanetary space or in planetary magnetospheres. As each year a topic of special current interest is chosen as a focus of the session. For 2017 the focus will be on solar plasma physics.
Happy New Year 2017 !
Giovanni Lapenta, Jörg Büchner, Philippa Browning

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Molecules in Astrophysics and Astrobiology – Registration Deadline January 15, 2017
Svetlana Berdyugina
10 Jan 2017

The interdisciplinary school “Molecules in Astrophysics and Astrobiology” (Feb. 13 – 17, 2017, Zurich, Switzerland) will offer (1) advanced lectures on molecular physics and chemistry, astrophysical applications of molecular spectropolarimetry, biochemistry and astrobiology and (2) practical exercises and tutorials of computational tools including computations of molecular polarized spectra from the Sun, stars and planets (including magnetic and scattering effects). Complimentary are professional development workshops for young scientists. PhD students, postdocs, and advanced researchers interested to gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills in molecular applications are invited to apply.

Registration deadline is January 15, 2017, see

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Joint IAPSO-IAMAS-IAGA Assembly 2017 – Capetown, South Africa, August 27 – September 1, 2017
Spiros Patsourakos
11 Jan 2017

IAPSO-IAMAS-IAGA meeting in Capetown, South Africa
August 27 – September 1, 2017
17 Feb 2017: Deadline for submission of grant applications
12 March 2017: New Extended Deadline for submission of Abstracts (not linked to grant applications)

The Joint IAPSO-IAMAS-IAGA Assembly 2017 includes the following symposia organized by IAGA’s Division IV:

A27 - Quiet Sun and Active Regions
Convenors: Gregory D. Fleishman
Co-Convenors: Sven Wedemeyer

A28 - Multi-Spectral Studies of Solar Flares
Convenor: Eduard Kontar
Co-Convenor: Marina Battaglia, Gregory D. Fleishman

A29 - Boundary Layers in the Heliosphere
Convenor: John Richardson
Co-Convenors: Jana Šafránková, Strauss Du Toit

A30 - Advances in Solar and Heliospheric Physics
Convenor: Mari Paz Miralles
Co-Convenors : Ada Ortiz Carbonell, Xóchitl Blanco Cano, Jin-Yi Lee, Merav Opher

A31 - Waves and turbulence in the solar corona and wind
Convenor: Valery M Nakariakov
Co-Convenors : Yong-Jae Moon, Olga Alexandrova

A32 - Reporter Reviews
Convenor: Spiros Patsourakos
Co-Convenor: Bogdan Hnat

JA 1 - Space Weather Throughout The Solar System: Bringing Data and Models Together (joint session with IAMAS)
Convenor: Sarah Gibson
Co-convenors: Enrico Camporeale, Kyung-Suk Cho, Giuseppe Consolini, Christina Plainaki and Earle Williams

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EWASS-2017 – Special Session on Energy Release and Radiation in Partially Ionized Plasma of Solar and Stellar Atmospheres: Call for Abstracts
Lyndsay Fletcher
11 Jan 2017

Dear colleagues

At this year’s European Week of Astronomy and Space Science there will be a special session on “Energy release and radiation in partially ionized plasma of solar and stellar atmospheres”. Abstract submission for this session is now open. The abstract submission deadline is 8th March and “very early bird” registration is 10th Feb 2017, followed by “early bird” on 28th April 2017.

EWASS-2017 will be held in Prague from 26–30th June, with this session taking place on 27th June.

Invited talks at this session are:
- Christiane Helling ‘Partially ionized atmospheric gases in cloud-forming, ultra-cool, low-mass stars’
- Hugh Hudson ‘Flare heating in stellar chromospheres’
- Jean-Pierre Raulin and P. Kaufmann ‘Recent results on solar flare emissions at THz frequencies’

Further information about EWASS-2017 is at

Abstract submission for the session is at

best wishes
Lyndsay Fletcher (session SOC member)

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7th Solar Orbiter Workshop – Exploring the Solar Environs. Reminder: Early-bird Registration Deadline Approaching Quickly
Jose Carlos del Toro Iniesta
12 Jan 2017

Dear Colleagues,

Friendly reminder from the 7th Solar Orbiter Workshop - Exploring the Solar Environs organizers:

Please note that the early-bird registration deadline (January 31, 2017) is approaching fast. After that date the registration fee will increase by 100 euros.

Looking forward to receiving you in Granada,

Jose Carlos del Toro Iniesta (on behalf of the SOC and the LOC)

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JpGU/AGU – Session P-EM18: Origin of Earth-affecting Coronal Mass Ejections (May 24–25), Call for Abstracts
Noé Lugaz
12 Jan 2017

Abstract submission is open for the joint AGU and Japanese Geophysical Union (JpGU) meeting that will take place near Tokyo (Makuhari Messe) from May 20th to 25th, 2017.
Abstract submission deadline is February 16th at

AGU members simply need to register with JpGU to submit an abstract and receive the discounted rates.

Session: P-EM18:
This session investigates the solar, coronal and interplanetary conditions under which fast and strong CMEs form and propagate, as well as the important characteristics to understand the solar wind-magnetosphere coupling and the variations in the radiation belts during the passage of a CME. Abstracts are solicited that focus on the type of active regions and solar conditions resulting in fast and strong CMEs, the interaction of CMEs with solar wind streams and other CMEs that affect their geo-effectiveness, the characteristics of CMEs and shocks that create strong sudden impulses and changes in the flux of energetic particles in Earth’s radiation belts. Contributions that cover integrated investigations combining remote observations, numerical simulations and/or in situ measurements are especially welcome.

The conveners: Noé Lugaz, Kanya Kusano, Neel Savani and Ayumi Asai

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2017 SPD Meeting – Portland, OR, August 21–26, 2017
Holly Gilbert
13 Jan 2017

The next SPD meeting will be held in conjunction with the 2017 total solar eclipse. The SPD meeting will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton located at 1000 NE Multnomah Street, Portland, OR.

The hotel reservation system and meeting registration will be available in the near future (look for further announcements). A block of rooms is reserved for SPD members with the following group rates:

Standard Queen $194/night (single or double occupancy)
Premium with two queens or one king $214 (single or double occupancy)

A smaller block of rooms will be available at the government per diem rate.

Bus transportation will be available for a fee from Portland to Salem to view the eclipse at Willamette University. The cost will be on the order of $45–$50. Food options will also be offered for the bus trip and the viewing location has a cafeteria and facilities.

Stay tuned for info on hotel registration and an updated SPD website.

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RHESSI Workshop XVI – June 2017
Gordon Emslie
13 Jan 2017

RHESSI Workshop XVI will be held in Boulder, CO from June 19 – 24, 2017.  The workshop will follow the usual format of open and closing plenary sessions, with several topical working groups meeting throughout the week.  The Local Organizing Committee and Science Organizing Committee are in the process of assembling a compelling scientific agenda at a venue and in a format that are conducive to both presentation of formal results and informal exchange of ideas.  So, save the date and look for more announcements very soon.

Gordon Emslie
RHESSI Workshop Convener

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Aimee Norton
15 January 2017

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