Science Overview

The LWS program, by definition, is cross-disciplinary, and brings together the science teams from the different LWS missions and other heliophysics missions, as well as the LWS Targeted Research and Technology (TR&T) teams to connect the different disciplines. The LWS research forms a network that connects many areas of solar physics, Earth’s and other planets’ magnetospheric and atmospheric physics, Sun-climate relationships, and radiation safety for human exploration. Combining these cross-disciplinary research teams enables new understanding of the Sun and its influence on our space environment at Earth.

The NASA Heliophysics System Observatory (HSO) has recently grown and will continue to develop, thus providing a more complete picture of the interactions of various environments that are subject to the Sun’s influence. The newest missions include the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) and the Van Allen Probes, the 2nd mission in the LWS program. The other LWS mission currently in orbit is the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). Data from current and past missions, such as the Hinode, RHESSI, STEREO, SOHO, ACE, THEMIS/ARTEMIS, TIMED, among many others, and future missions (BARREL, MMS, SPP, and Solar Orbiter), will be combined to pursue cross-disciplinary science goals that are broader and more complex than any single mission could address alone. These observations are supported by complementary theoretical and modeling studies that help maximize the science return from the LWS program.

The sessions planned for this meeting focus on coupling throughout the heliosphere and are science themes common to many disciplines:

  • Evolving Magnetic Fields, Magnetic Instabilities, Magnetic Reconnection
  • Dynamics of Energetic Particles, Wave-Particle Interactions, Shocks, and Turbulence
  • Evolving Coronal Mass Ejections through the Heliosphere and into Geospace
  • Ion-Neutral Interactions within Earth’s Atmosphere and the Solar Atmosphere
  • Energetics of Heliosphere and Magnetosphere Interactions
  • Origins of Solar Magnetic Fields, Variability and Effects at Earth
  • Modeling and Forecasting Space Climate and Space Weather Events

Important Deadlines:

  • Abstract: August 1, 2014
  • Student / Post-doc Travel Application: August 1, 2014
  • Pre-Registration: October 3, 2014
  • Hotel Reservation: October 3, 2014