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), 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,
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
Institute of Physics, Serbia
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
Other forthcoming meetings
High Energy Energetic Particle Precipitation into the Atmosphere (HEPPA) Workshop,
Helsinki, Finland. 28-31 May 2008.
XXIX General Assembly of URSI,
Chicago, USA. 7-16 August 2008.
Call for Papers.
The URSI Young (up to 35 years old) Scientists Programme which provides
financial and accommodation support to attend the General Assembly:
Application Form. Also, URSI is
running a student paper competition!
Abstract deadline: 15 February 2008. Information on
and the conference
hotel has also been made available. The VERSIM working group meeting during the GA is on Tuesday 12 August in
the lunch break in room "Grand F". Craig proposes we start very shortly afetr noon and aim for a fairly quick meeting
(30min) or so, leaving us 1 hour to get lunch.
3rd VERSIM Workshop,
Hungary. 15th - 20th September 2008
2008 AGU Fall Meeting,
USA. 15th - 19th December 2008
AGU Chapman Conference on Effects of Thunderstorms and
Lightning in the Upper Atmosphere,
University Park, Pennsylvania, USA. 10-15 May 2009.
IAGA General Assembly,
Hungary. 23-30 August 2009.
URSI, Chicago, 2008
The 29th General Assembly
of URSI was held in Chicago, USA 7-16 August 2008. During the General Assembly
there was a meeting of the VERSIM working
group during the Assembly, on
Tuesday 12 August 2008. A
on this meeting is available here. The next gathering is to be held
in Istanbul, Turkey, in August 2011.
IAGA as part of the IUGG General Assembly, Perugia, 2007
IUGG XXIV General Assembly
was held in
Perugia, Italy from 2-13 July 2007. IUGG encompasses IAGA, and thus the activities of the VERSIM working group. There was a VERSIM business meeting on 3 July 2007. A report on this meeting can be found here.
The next IAGA is the
IAGA General Assembly, Sopron, Hungary. 23-30 August 2009.
2nd VERSIM Workshop,
Workshop 2006 took place last month at the Sodankylä Geophysical
Observatory, sponsored by the Observatory and supported by IAGA and URSI
Commission H. This was a chance for the VERSIM IAGA/URSI joint working group to
meet and discuss current issues, developments, and techniques. The workshop
attracted about 46 participants from 16 countries, ranging from Fiji and
Slovenia all the way to Brazil and the USA, and included 52 presentations. The
abstract book is online, as are
the Workshop. This workshop follows on from the 1st VERSIM Workshop, which
also took place at the Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory, at almost the same
time in 2004. The success of the first meeting attracted 50% more participants
and 40% more presentations. A full
report on the 2nd VERSIM Workshop 2006
maintain the momentum which has been created by the first two VERSIM Workshops
in Finland, the community accepted the invitation of Dr. János Lichtenberger,
the URSI co-chair of the working group to host the
3rd VERSIM Workshop in
Tihany, Hungary. This is now planned for the week starting 15 September
2008, on the shores of Lake Balaton. This decision was made as part of the
VERSIM Business Meeting which took
place on the last Saturday of the Workshop, the minutes of which are available
at the highlighted link.
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 J.
Lichtenberger; email email@example.com
This document is maintained by C .J. Rodger and was last
updated 16 August 2008.
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