URSI JOINT WORKING GROUP on:
V . E . R . S . I . M
VLF/ELF Remote Sensing of Ionospheres and Magnetospheres
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), see 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, 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 almost 100 scientists from 21
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
Oulu University, Finland
University of Poitiers, France
Eötvös University, Hungary
Chiba University, Japan
Communications Research Laboratory, Japan
University of Electro-Communications,
Kanazawa University, Japan
of Otago, New Zealand
of Natal, South Africa
British Antarctic Survey,
University of Leeds, UK
University of Sheffield, UK
University of Southampton, UK
Dartmouth College, USA
Stanford University, USA
VLF Data on the Web
IUGG, Sapporo, 2003
General Assembly of the International
Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), which encompasses IAGA, was
held in Sapporo, Japan, 30 June - 11 July 2003. There was a meeting of
the VERSIM working group during the Sapporo Assembly, at 1900 on Monday
7 July 2003. A report on this meeting can be found here.
At this business meeting Craig Rodger (New Zealand) was nominated to
take up the role of IAGA co-chairman, and elected by those present. The
incoming IAGA co-chair proposed a vote of thanks on behalf of our working
group to Andy Smith for all of the efforts he has undertaken to support
the VERSIM community. This was supported by the meeting, and is surely
agreed by the rest of the working group who could not attend.
Other forthcoming meetings
Environement Conference 2003,
Toulouse, France, 12-5 September 2003.
AGU Fall Meeting,
San Francisco, USA, 8-12 December 2003.
Advanced Study Institute on "Sprites, Elves and Intense Lightning Discharges",
Corte, Corsica, 21-30 July, 2004.
Radio Science Conference (AP-RASC 04),Qingdao, China,
24-27 August 2004
VLF Science Workshop, Sodankyla, Finland, 27 September - 1 October 2004.
IAGA 2005 Toulouse, France, 18-29 July 2005. More
information at: IAGA
URSI 2005 New Delhi, India, 23-29 October 2005. More
information at: URSI
URSI, Maastricht, 2002
The 27th General Assembly
was held in Maastricht, the
Netherlands 17-24, August 2002. There was a meeting of the VERSIM working
group during the Assembly, on 19 August 2002. A report is here.
Please send any additions or corrections to
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
URSI Co-chairman M. Parrot; email
This document is maintained by C .J. Rodger and was last
updated 11 August 2003.
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