In the U.S. community preparations are underway for the “Decadal Survey for Solar and Space Physics (Heliophysics) 2024-2033” under the auspices of the National Academies of Sciences. This will lead to a series of recommendations that will determine research directions for the major agencies (e.g., NSF, NASA, NOAA). Numerous online discussions have been convened with the intention of drafting white papers as input to the agency-led deliberations. A deadline for submission of white papers is expected soon. Nominations to the Survey Steering Committee and Study Panels have closed. Meetings will begin in the July-August timeframe with a draft report expected by the end of the year.

Link to the grand spreadsheet of white paper thematic collections: link)

Guidance on preparation of white papers (FAQs): link)

Heliophysics Summer School to be held online Aug. 1-12, 2022 (Opportunity: May 6, 2022)

By: miker  on: Thu., Apr. 28, 2022 11:26 PM EDT  (506 Reads)
During this two-week NASA funded summer school hosted by UCAR, participants will dive into physics connecting global models to remote and in-situ measurements, learn from leading experts in the field, use prototype visualizations tools to recreate data from a spacecraft flying through the magnetosphere, and connect with other early career researchers. The program will appeal to advanced graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who want to broaden their understanding of fundamental processes across all disciplines of heliophysics.

The school will be held remotely Aug. 1 - 12, 2022. For more information see link)

Application deadline: May 6, 2022
The PI of the NSSC SuperDARN group, Dr. Jiaojiao Zhang, has announced that the deadline for submission of items has been extended for the 2022 edition of the SuperDARN Workshop. The workshop will be hosted by the National Space Science Center (NSSC), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The format will be virtual. Dr. Zhang adds that the pre-recorded presentations will be available May 23-June 3 through the Pre-recorded Conference Entrance. Note that May 15, 2022 is the deadline for submission of your pre-recorded presentation as well as registration and abstract submission.

The conference web site is: link)

For a synopsis of the SuperDARN Workshop, see 'Read More'
The Director of the the Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Reearch (ISEE), Dr. K. Kusano, has announced that Dr. Shibaji Chakraborty has been accepted into the ISEE international joint research program. His project title is 'Influence of Solar Flare-Driven Changes in the Ionospheric Conductance and Electric Fields on HF Radar Observed Doppler Flash' and the term of the project is April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023. Shibaji will spend research periods in Japan visiting with his ISEE researcher sponsor, Dr. Nozomu Nishitani. To find out more about the program see link)
Shibaji completed PhD degree requirements in the Spring of 2021 and is currently a postdoctoral fellow with the VT SuperDARN group. He and Dr. Nozomu have published extensively on the subject of solar flare impacts on the ionosphere.

Congratulations, Shibaji!

Major release of pyDARN software package announced by Data Visualization Working Group

By: miker  on: Thu., Apr. 21, 2022 04:49 PM EDT  (689 Reads)
On behalf of the SuperDARN Data Visualization Working Group (DVWG) Carley Martin has announced the release of pyDARN v3.0.

In this release, we include the optional cartopy dependency for underlaid maps and convection maps in magnetic coordinates. Along with a number of other bug fixes and improvements.

To install:
pip3 install --upgrade pydarn​

Or you can download the zip on Zenodo: link)

Any information on using pyDARN can be found in our documentation here: link)

SD Data Analysis Working Group Issues a minor release of the Radar Sofware Toolkit, RST 4.7

By: miker  on: Thu., Apr. 21, 2022 04:39 PM EDT  (566 Reads)
On behalf of the SuperDARN Data Analysis Working Group (DAWG), Co-chairs Emma Bland and Kevin Sterne have announced a minor release of the Radar Software Toolkit, RST 4.7. It is available for download from Zenodo: link)

Key updates in RST 4.7 include:
New routine to list the transmission frequency bands present in a fitacf file (find_freqband)
New functionality and documentation for the data simulator (make_sim)
Updated C and IDL code for reading the new hardware file format (Note: the old hardware file format is incompatible with RST 4.7. The new hardware files are included in this release)
Bug fixes that affected compilation on some systems
Bug fixes in various analysis and plotting routines

To cite the software in publications:
SuperDARN Data Analysis Working Group, Burrell, A.G., Thomas, E.G., Schmidt, M.T., Bland, E.C., Coco, I., Ponomarenko, P.V., Sterne, K.T., & Walach, M.-T. (2022). SuperDARN Radar Software Toolkit (RST) (Version 4.7). link)
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