Whole Heliosphere Interval (WHI)

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Sunday, January 1, 2012

The December, 2011 issue of Solar Physics was a Topical Issue on the Sun-Earth Connection near Solar Minimum.

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Whole Heliosphere Interval (WHI)

The articles included studies ranging around the recent solar minimum, and more specifically, studies of the Whole Heliosphere Interval (WHI). WHI was an internationally coordinated observation-and-modeling effort to characterize the three-dimensional (3D) heliosphere and the Sun-planet connectivity during solar minimum. WHI was the largest oordinated Investigation Program (CIP) of the International Heliophysical Year (IHY) (2007–2009), which was inspired by the 50th Anniversary of the International Geophysical Year (IGY) (1957–1958) and the subsequent 50 years of space exploration. This Topical Issue was edited by HAO scientist Barbara Emery, along with Mario Bisi from Aberystwyth University (Wales) and Barbara Thompson from NASA Goddard. Papers included contributions from HAO authors de Toma, Emery, Gibson, McIntosh, Qian, Solomon, Wang, Wiltberger, and Zhao.

See http://link.springer.com/journal/11207/274/1/page/1