URSI JOINT WORKING GROUP on:
V . E . R . S . I . M
The working group on VLF/ELF Remote Sensing of the Ionosphere
and Magnetosphere (VERSIM) is an international group of scientists interested
in studying the behaviour of the magnetosphere and ionosphere by means
of ELF (300 Hz - 3 kHz) and VLF (3-30 kHz) radio waves, both naturally
and artificially generated. The group was set up in 1975 by IAGA
(International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy) and URSI
Union of Radio Science), as described in the working group history.
Originally the emphasis was on probing of the magnetosphere by whistlers,
but later the scope became somewhat broader. The group aims to promote
research in this field by facilitating the exchange of ideas, information
and experience between active research workers and other interested scientists.
This is done through regular meetings at IAGA and URSI Assemblies, a regular
VERSIM community workshop, and
via the circulation of a newsletter. The group has also been active in
sponsoring scientific symposia at IAGA and URSI Assemblies, in areas relevant
to its field of interest, and in coordinating observational campaigns.
At present the main subjects of interest include
Plasma structures and
boundaries - morphology and dynamics,
Wave-particle and wave-wave
Wave-induced particle precipitation, Wave propagation
in magnetosphere and ionosphere,
Sprites and the effects of lightning
on the ionosphere. There are currently over 100 scientists from about 26
different countries on the VERSIM mailing list.
Some VERSIM Research Laboratories
(Please notify any additions/corrections to C.
Institute of Space
Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Czech
State Key Laboratory for Space Weather,
University of the South
Oulu University, Finland
University of Poitiers, France
University of Crete, Greece
Eötvös University, Hungary
R.B.S.College, Agra, India
Chiba University, Japan
Communications Research Laboratory, Japan
University of Electro-Communications,
Kanazawa University, Japan
of Otago, New Zealand
Space Research Institute of RAS, Russia
Institute of Physics, Serbia
University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia
University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
British Antarctic Survey,
University of Leeds, UK
University of Sheffield, UK
University of Southampton, UK
University of Washington, USA
Dartmouth College, USA
Stanford University, USA
VLF Data on the Web
2014 Geospace Environment Modeling (GEM) Summer Workshop,
Portsmouth, USA from 15 - 20 June 2014.
40th COSPAR Scientific Assembly, Moscow, Russia from 2 - 10 August
AGU Chapman Conference on Low Frequency Waves in Space Plasmas, Jeju
Island, Republic of Korea from 31 August - 5 September 2014.
Geospace Revisited Conference, Rhodes, Greece from 15-20 September 2014.
2014 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco,
USA from 15 - 19 December 2014.
URSI, Istanbul, 2011
was held in Istanbul, Turkey 13-20 August 2011. During the General Assembly there was a meeting of the VERSIM working
group during the Assembly, on 12:00 on Tuesday 11 August 2011. A report
on this meeting is available here. The next gathering is to be held in
Beijing, China, from 16-23 August 2014.
See the URSI General
Assemblies website for more details.
IAGA Mérida, Mexico, 2013
The IAGA General Assembly was held in
Mérida, Yucatán, México from 26 - 31 August 2013. There was a VERSIM business meeting at
1230 on Tuesday 27 August 2013 during this conference. A report on
this meeting can be found from our website.
meeting will be held in Prague, Czech Republic from 22 June -2 July 2015 as part of a wider IUGG General Assembly. IAGA will meet for only 1 week of the longer 10 day IUGG period, but the specific timing for the IAGA sessions has yet to be determined Multiple VERSIM-relevant sessions have been put forward for the Prague IUGG.
6th VERSIM Workshop,
Dunedin, New Zealand, 2014
6th VERSIM workshop
took place in January 2014 at
the University of Otago
(Dunedin, New Zealand), organized by the
Space Physics Group of the Department of Physics, and supported by IAGA, URSI
Office of Scientific Research, Asian Office of Aerospace Research and
Development. This was
a chance for the VERSIM IAGA/URSI joint working group to meet and discuss
current issues, developments, and techniques. The
6th VERSIM Abstract and Programme Book is available online. The workshop attracted
35 participants from 14 countries, with 58 abstracts.
During the 6th VERSIM Workshop there was a VERSIM
business meeting on the last day (Thurdsay
23 January 2014). The
minutes for this meeting are available from our website.
7th VERSIM Workshop,
Two bids were received during the
6th VERSIM workshop to host the next workshop. One bid was from the
Indian Institute of Geomagnetism putting forward Mumbai. The other was from
the South African National
putting forward Hermanus. These colleagues are now preparing additional
information on their offers, such that a final decision can be made as to the
location and timing of the 7th VERSIM Workshop.
Previous editions of this page
The VERSIM Newsletter (and its predecessor, the PEPM
Newsletter) has been published about 1-2 times per year. Newsletters up
to No. 13 were distributed on paper. From No. 14 onwards they will be distributed
electronically, either via the VERSIM
electronic mailing list or through this web page. Here is an archive
of past VERSIM Newsletters:
Contact one of the VERSIM working group co-chairmen:
IAGA Co-chairman C. J. Rodger; email email@example.com
(now replaced by Jacob Bortnik from UCLA, expect a new website soon!)
URSI Co-chairman J.
Lichtenberger; email firstname.lastname@example.org
This document is maintained by C .J. Rodger and was last
updated 7 March 2014.
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