(94th AMS Meetings)
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 – Sessions 8 & 9
A hundred years ago, the Sun-Earth connection was of interest to only a small number of scientists. Solar activity had little effect on daily life. Today, a single strong solar flare could bring civilization to its knees. Modern society has come to depend on technologies sensitive to solar radiation and geomagnetic storms. Particularly vulnerable are intercontinental power grids, satellite operations and communications, and GPS navigation. These technologies are woven into the fabric of daily life, from health care and finance to basic utilities. Thus, it has never been more important for scientists studying Earth systems to collaborate with space scientists to understand the entire Sun–Earth connection. Both short- and long-term forecasting models are urgently needed to mitigate the effects of solar storms and to anticipate their collective impact on aviation, astronaut safety terrestrial climate and others. Even during a relatively weak solar maximum, the potential consequences that such events can have on society are too important to ignore.
The session culminates with a lunch-time Town Hall Meeting. A limited number of box lunches, sponsored by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), will be provided on a first come, first serve basis.
For additional information contact Susan Baltuch, email@example.com, 303-497-8649.
Chair: Madhulika Guhathakurta, NASA
Science with a Vengeance (box lunches sponsored by UCAR)
Speaker: Dr. David DeVorkin, Senior Curator, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Who were the first space scientists in the United States? Names like James Van Allen, Herb Friedman, Richard Tousey, Homer Newell and William Rense are those we think of when we think back to the first scientists who designed and built devices to sense the nature of the Earth's high atmosphere and explore the nature of solar radiation beyond the atmospheric cutoff. They used vehicles like captured German V-2 missiles, the Navy's Viking and then Aerobee sounding rockets to make these observations. Here we look back at who these people were, why they chose such difficult challenges, and why none of them were established physicists or astronomers who had disciplinary training that stimulated the questions they wanted to answer with these instruments.
For additional infomation, please contact Susan Baltuch, (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).