Geospace Discovery Science in a New Decade (GDS Virtual Workshop)

Monday, February 8, 2021 to Wednesday, February 10, 2021


First notice. The science teams of these three missions, in conjunction with ground-based observers, will hold a virtual meeting on the dates shown above. This is a follow up to a meeting that was held in 2016 prior to launch. This is the first notice. The meeting will be 4 hours a day for 3 days. In part this meeting will provide context for the forthcoming gi opportunity; step 1 proposals are due Feb 24 2021.

Three new space missions, COSMIC-2, ICON and GOLD, provide remarkable avenues for new investigations of the geospace system, in collaboration with a growing network of ground-based observatories and their associated research teams. With a broad slate of new capabilities, the geospace research community is presented with unprecedented opportunities for new research and a revitalized capacity for solving significant outstanding problems in near-Earth space weather. The two NASA missions, ICON and GOLD, observe the thermosphere and ionosphere using optical and in-situ instruments. The international COSMIC-2 mission comprises a constellation of six satellites that map the ionosphere using GPS  radio occultation, in-situ measurements, and beacon signals for space to ground measurements. Enhanced ground-based observatories, cubesats, and other satellite constellations, also provide essential new measurements. Combining these tools to effectively address questions in ion-neutral coupling and upper-atmosphere dynamics requires a comprehensive scientific strategy for broad community participation. Therefore, we are holding an online workshop from the 8-10 February 2021. This workshop will discuss the space-based missions, and complementary ground-based observations, modeling, and data synthesis.

More details will be available later. All are welcome.