The 2011 school focused on long-term processes, from the Sun's modulated activity to its influences on the climate systems of the heliosphere, Earth's atmosphere and planetary environments. This class drew material from the third volume of the textbook series, Heliophysics III: "Evolving solar activity and the climates of space and Earth" as well as basic material from the first volume: Heliophysics I: "Plasma physics of the local cosmos".
NASA Living with a Star sponsors the Heliophysics Summer Schools. The UCAR Visiting Scientist Programs office administers the schools for NASA. This series of summer schools, commencing in 2007, helps graduate students and scientists learn and develop the science of heliophysics as a broad, coherent discipline that reaches in space from the Earth's troposphere to the depths of the Sun, and in time from the formation of the solar system to the distant future.
The first three schools produced textbooks for use at universities worldwide. The continuation of the school program each summer will teach new generations of students and develop the complementary materials that support teaching of heliophysics at both graduate and undergraduate levels.
The Summer School has two principal aims:
Successful candidates are:
The Living With a Star program of the Heliophysics Division in NASA’s Science Mission Directorate sponsors the Summer Schools.