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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 (International 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, 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 interactions, 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. J. Rodger.)

VLF Data on the Web

Other forthcoming meetings

SGO VLF Workshop, Sodankylš, 2004

The first VLF Workshop was held at the Sodankylš Geophysical Observatory, Finland from 27th September to 1st October 2004, sponsored by URSI Commission H and supported by the VERSIM IAGA/URSI joint working group. There was a meeting of the VERSIM working group during the 2004 SGO VLF Workshop, at 1500 on Wednesday 29 September 2004. A report on the VERSIM meeting can be found here.

 The facilities and organisation of this workshop was of a very high standard, and at the end of the 2004 Workshop the participants gave a vote of thanks to the Local Organising Committee for running the workshop so smoothly. Their efforts ranged from keeping the timetable realistic and picking up people at the airport to arranging for some of Sodankylš's souvenir shops and restaurants to open late for workshop participants. A full report on the 2004 SGO VLF Workshop, which discusses plans for future VLF workshops is available.

IUGG, Sapporo, 2003

The 23rd 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.

URSI, Maastricht, 2002

The 27th General Assembly of URSI 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.

VERSIM bibliography

Please send any additions or corrections to   Michel Parrot


Previous editions of this page

VERSIM Newsletters

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:

Further information

Contact one of the VERSIM working group co-chairmen:
        IAGA Co-chairman C. J. Rodger; email crodger@physics.otago.ac.nz
        URSI Co-chairman M. Parrot; email mparrot@cnrs-orleans.fr

This document is maintained by C .J. Rodger and was last updated 31 January 2005.

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