Published on October 31, 2007
Slide1: The Italian Community leads 9 Coordinated Investigation Programs (CIPs): CIP10:“Empirical model of ring current distributions” proposed by A. Milillo (INAF/IFSI); CIP12: “SOHO-Ulysses coordinated studies during the two extended quadratures and the alignment of 2007-2008” proposed by G. Poletto (INAF/Arcetri) and S. Suess (NASA); CIP17: “Dynamics of the magnetosphere” proposed by U. Villante (University of L’Aquila – Consorzio Area di Ricerca in Astrogeofisica); CIP19: “Transport of mass and energy across the magnetopause during periods of northward IMF and their effects on the high latitude ionosphere” proposed by M.F. Marcucci (INAF/IFSI); CIP34: “Baloon borne investigation of earth, atmosphere and space in the polar regions” proposed by S. Masi (Università La Sapienza); CIP35: “Coordinated study on solar wind turbulence during the Venus-Express, ACE and Ulysses alignment of August 2007” proposed by R. Bruno (INAF/IFSI), V. Carbone (University of Calabria) and Z. Voeroes (Space Reasearch Institute - Austria); CIP49: “COST296/IHY” proposed by G. De Franceschi (INGV); CIP53: “Modelling the magnetosheath flow and magnetopause location in the cusp region” proposed by E. Amata (INAF/IFSI); CIP57: "Solar Minimum Watching with Italian SINERGIES and more" proposed by M. Storini (INAF/IFSI); and co-proposes the following CIPs: CIP8: ”Mid and high latitude ionospheric-magnetospheric observations” proposed by P. Cilliers (Hermanus magnetic obs., South Africa); CIP54: ”Inferring the magnetospheric global potential distribution from SuperDARN data through the Imech numerical model” proposed by M. Kartalev (IMech.). The International Heliophysical Year (IHY) Activities in Italy Coord.: Ester Antonucci, Lucia Abbo INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Torino, Italy Italian CIPs IHY Inauguration Ceremony – February 19-20, 2007 WEBSITE: http://ihy.oato.inaf.it 2nd European General Assembly Events for schools National Program: “Competition for Secondary Schools”,- coordinated by Ilaria Ermolli (INAF/OAR) Schools of L’Aquila: “Solar activity and geomagnetic storms”: students of the Istituto Superiore “D. Cotugno” (other schools will be involved in the next future) analyze solar activity, interplanetary structures, geomagnetic activity on the basis of space and ground-based heliophysical data and present their results in a public conference. Catania Astrophysical Observatory: “Observe the sky and draw your emotions” – children up 10 years old are invited to send drawing on the Sun, the solar system or other astronomical objects. European Competition for kids drawings (Elementary Schools) for the COST296/IHY Calendar - coordinated by INGV (http://ionos.ingv.it/IHY/ihy_index.html). Advanced Training The scientific programme “Series of Events on Relations in the Sun-Earth System and Space Weather” (SERSES) offers a coherent series of courses for young researchers in the years 2006-2009 in different disciplines which concur to the Sun-Earth relationships, and presents the solar–terrestrial environment as a global system in order to allow a significant improvement in the global knowledge of the entire system. SERSES courses will be organized at L’Aquila, in close cooperation, by the Consorzio Area di Ricerca in Astrogeofisica and the International School of Space Science of the Consorzio Interuniversitario di Fisica Spaziale: 1) Spring 2006: The Physics of the Sun (i.e. The Active Sun on your Active Desktop) 2) Fall 2006: Solar Terrestrial Physics 3) Spring 2007: Magnetospheric dynamics (9-15 April 2007) 4) Fall 2007: Turbulence and Waves in Space Plasmas (9-15 September, 2007) 5) Spring 2008: Geomagnetism and Ionosphere 6) Fall 2008: Solar-terrestrial relations in Antarctica Education & Outreach Open Doors Day – 10 June 2007 The SVIRCO observatory for cosmic rays (Rome) will be opened to the public and will host special presentations on the heliophysical environment (http://www.fis.uniroma3.it/ svirco/). The University of L’Aquila and Consorzio Area di Ricerca in Astrogeofisica organize a public conference on the solar-terrestrial relationships (http://www.fisica.aquila.infn.it). The University of Rome “Tor Vergata” organizes observations and talks to the public (http://www.fisica.uniroma2.it/solare/index.htm). The Catania Astrophysical Observatory will be opened to the public with special conferences (http://www.oact.inaf.it/visite/Speciali.htm). The Torino Astronomical Observatory will be opened to the public for solar observations and ad-hoc presentations (http://www.oato.inaf.it). The Astronomical Observatory of Capodimonte-Naples will be opened to the public with visits, observations and special conferences devoted to “the Sun and its role in the Universe” (http://www.na.astro.it). The University of Calabria organizes public conferences and solar spots observations open to the public (http://www.fis.unical.it). Italian Network of the IHY Italian Virtual Observatory The Italian Virtual Observatory for Sun-Earth Connections IVOSEC (http://ivosec.oats.inaf.it) is a project regarding advanced data handling for Sun-Earth physics and Space Weather monitoring. It is also in the framework of the electronic Geophysical Year (eGY) http://ihy2ega.oato.inaf.it “European Implication to the Large Infrastructures of the Future” Turin, Italy – June 18-22, 2007 http://ihy.oato.inaf.it http://www.cifs-isss.org The Italian activities related to IHY, International Polar Year (IPY) and eGY are carried out in a coordinated fashion.