Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2016

Presentation information

International Session (Oral)

Symbol P (Space and Planetary Sciences) » P-EM Solar-Terrestrial Sciences, Space Electromagnetism & Space Environment

[P-EM09] Study of coupling processes in solar-terrestrial system

Mon. May 23, 2016 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM 106 (1F)

Convener:*Mamoru Yamamoto(Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, Kyoto University), Satonori Nozawa(Institute for Space-Earth Environment Research), Yasunobu Ogawa(National Institute of Polar Research), Hiroyuki Hashiguchi(Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, Kyoto University), Akimasa Yoshikawa(Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Kyushu University), Chair:Hiroyuki Hashiguchi(Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, Kyoto University)

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM

[PEM09-02] NASA Ionospheric Connection Explorer, Validation of Scientific Performance

★Invited papers

*Thomas J Immel1, Scott England1, Ellen Taylor1, Stephen Mende1, Jerry Edelstein1, Eric Korpela1, Harald Frey1, Roderick Heelis2, Russell Stoneback2, Christoph Englert3, Kenneth Marr3, Jonathan Makela4, Brian Harding4, Farzad Kamalabadi4, Dimitrious Iliou4 (1.University of California, Berkeley, 2.University of Texas at Dallas, 3.Naval Research Laboratory, 4.University of Illinois)

Keywords:Thermosphere, Ionosphere, atmospheric physics

Earth's space environment is highly variable, changing in ways that we are currently unable to predict. Specifically, the ionosphere exhibits remarkable day-to-day changes that cannot be attributed to any known source, though forcing from the lower atmosphere is now considered of key importance. NASA's Ionospheric Connection Explorer, a mission designed to discover the causes of this variability, is in development for a June 2017 launch. Concurrent with the build of the instruments and spacecraft, a science validation effort has tracked the expected performance of the observatory. The predicted performance of the science retrieval algorithms developed for ICON will be reported. The current performance models show that ICON will have outstanding scientific capability and be able to address and resolve the open questions in space plasma physics that pertain to space weather. Here we will present the performance predictions and observational plans for the ICON mission, and discuss opportunities for collaborative measurements aligned with international research efforts.