The Norwegian IPY-ICESTAR program is part of the IPY ID63:
"Heliosphere Impact on Geospace"
Cover in Nature:Click here to get to the press release for the Nature paper, 'Asymmetric auroral intensities in the Earth's Northern and Southern hemispheres'.
IPY-ICESTAR Main objectives
1. How various constituents of the magnetosphere-ionosphere
system respond to geomagnetic disturbances under different
heliospheric conditions. This will be achieved by studying:
| An auroral brightening (substorm) seen
simultaneously in South and North|
-Interhemispherical studies from space and ground.
-Middle atmosphere chemistry changes induced by energetic particle precipitation
2. Continous radar measurements by the EISCAT Svalbard Radar throughout the Polar Year.
With the IPY open data policy these data will be freely accessable for the international
community and also be used as a main data base for our own scientific studies
3. Public Outreach and Education
-The Space Suitecase
-Conference on Space Science for Norwegian journalists
|The Svalbard radars respond to a coronal mass ejection (upper right). Large increases of electron densities in the
ionosphere (upper left).