MeMO meeting at FMI
Jia, Antti, and Kenneth visited FMI on 4-8 February 2019. Discussions on ozone and EPP continued for a week, with special focus on the statistical effects of solar proton events in the stratosphere and mesosphere. Monika, Niilo, Pekka, Erkki, Viktoria, and Max participated from the FMI side
UNIS-led EPP project funded!
The Research Council of Norway has decided to fund a project led by Noora and UNIS. The title of the project is Which Types of Particle Precipitation Matter in the Middle Atmosphere. In addition to the UNIS people, the list of collaborators includes Annika, Monika, and Pekka. Congratulations to Noora and the team!
Pekka visits SGO
Pekka visited SGO in Sodankylä 26-29 November to work with Thomas, Antti, Jia, Kenneth, Emnarul, and Rigel. Topics covered mesospheric ozone in the context of the MeMO project, EEP microbursts, SPE and total ozone, WACCM-D possibilities, and VLF/SIC studies during solar eclipses. And then some more!
Shin visits FMI
Shin visited FMI on 29 October to discuss with Pekka about new instrument proposals and possible support from FMI/WACCM modelling.
CHAMOS workshop in New Zealand
The CHAMOS workshop 2018 was held on 8 - 12 Oct at the University of Otago. We had five days of intense collaboration, discussions, and presentations, for the first time in the Southern Hemisphere! Official group photograph is here.
SOLARIS-HEPPA WG5 meeting
Monika, Niilo, Max, and Pekka participated the SOLARIS-HEPPA Working Group 5 meeting in Bergen (but remotely from Helsinki). Plans were made to compare different MEE forcing data sets, their effects in atmospheric simulations, and agreement with satellite-based observations. More about WG5 here.
Annika visits FMI
Annika visited FMI on 27-31 August to work with Monika, Niilo, and Pekka. The CHAMOS-related topics included dynamical responses to EPP and ozone loss in the middle atmosphere, and planning of funding applications.
Emranul Sarkar and Kenneth Nilsen join CHAMOS
Both are hired as PhD students for the MeMO project, they will be working on particle precipitation and stratospheric ozone. Welcome!
HEPPA-SOLARIS Workshop at Virginia Tech
Emma, Esa, Shin, Max and Pekka attended the 7th International HEPPA-SOLARIS Workshop which was held in Roanoke, VA, USA, on 11-15 June, 2018, with a very much CHAMOS-related scope: Influences of solar radiation and energetic particle precipitation on the atmosphere and climate. More information here.
Erkka visited FMI
Erkka spent three days of April at FMI in Helsinki, working with Pekka on WACCM-D ionospheric simulations and comparison against ground-based observations of cosmic radio noise absorption during solar proton events.
EEP meeting at BAS
Annika, Niilo, Max, Pekka, and Craig visited Mark at the British Antarctic Survey. Three days of collaboration on energetic electron precipitation and its atmospheric and climate effects took place. We were greeted by typical, refreshing English weather in the historical surroundings of Cambridge. See a group photo here.
CHAMOS scientists in a PhD review panel
Esa and Pekka were members of a PhD review panel at the Stockholm University, Department of Meteorology and Bolin Centre for Climate research. The candidate, K. Hendrickx, defended well and it was our pleasure to accept his thesis entitled Solar Forcing of Nitric Oxide in the Upper Atmosphere. Congratulations, Koen! Access the thesis here.
HEPPA-SOLARIS Workshop at Virginia Tech
Pekka, Craig, and Esa are in the Scientific Organising Committee for the 7th International HEPPA-SOLARIS Workshop. The meeting will be held in Roanoke, VA, USA, on 11-15 June, 2018, with a very much CHAMOS-related scope: Influences of solar radiation and energetic particle precipitation on the atmosphere and climate. More information here.
Antti begins professorship
Antti Kero started as an Assistant Tenure Track Professor in Radio Science at Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory and University of Oulu. Congratulations!
CHAMOS scientists at SGO Observatory Days
Thomas organises the SGO Observatory Days in Sodankylä on 10-12 January. The SGO locals (incl. Esa, Antti, Jia) attended, of course, as well as Shin, Carl-Fredrik and Pekka. Conditions: true winter wonderland with stars and aurora visible! See the meeting web page here.
New positions of FMI CHAMOS team
Johanna is now the Head of the FMI Earth Observations Research Unit, and Pekka becomes the Head of the FMI Atmospheric Remote Sensing Group. Congratulations to both! Read the unit/group descriptions here.
CHAMOS PhD defence at FMI
Sanna-Mari Päivärinta successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled Roles of Sudden Stratospheric Warming Events and Energetic Particle Precipitation in the Polar Middle Atmosphere: Odd Nitrogen and Ozone. That counts to two CHAMOS doctors in 2017. Congratulations, Sanna! Download the thesis from here.
SOLARIS-HEPPA in Paris
Annika, Pekka, and Max participated in the SOLARIS-HEPPA working group meeting in Paris focusing on detection of solar signals in observations and simulations. Link to the meeting www.
CHAMOS workshop in Helsinki
The CHAMOS workshop 2017 was held on 30 Oct - 3 Nov at the Finnish Meteorological Institute. We had five nice days of intense collaboration, discussions, and presentations. Official group photograph is here.
Emma Bland joins CHAMOS
Emma joins the UNIS group to work on electron density and D-region absorption as higher-level data products from the SuperDARN radars. Welcome!
CHAMOS PhD defence at SGO
Maxime Grandin successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled Multi-instrument and modelling studies of ionospheres at Earth and Mars. All well, we have another CHAMOS doctor. Congratulations, Maxime! See the SGO blog here.
Jia Jia joins CHAMOS
Jia joins the SGO group to work on the MeMO project led by Thomas. Previously working with the SCIAMACHY instrument in Germany, she now joins a team building instruments to measure polar mesospheric ozone from the ground. Welcome!
Erkka visited FMI
Erkka spent three weeks of August at FMI in Helsinki, working with Pekka on WACCM-D ionospheric simulations and comparison against ground-based observations of cosmic radio noise absorption during solar proton events.
Contribution to the CMIP6 solar forcing
Pekka, Craig, Mark, Monika, Annika, and Max are among the authors of the CMIP6 solar forcing paper, now published in the special issue Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 6 (CMIP6) Experimental Design and Organization. Our contribution is the medium-energy electron precipitation from the outer radiation belt. Access the paper here.
EISCAT_3D construction given green light!
EISCAT_3D, the next generation radar system gets go-ahead for construction. The scientific aim is to understand the effect of solar storms and space weather on the upper atmosphere in the Arctic. More about the good news here!
Annika moves to Otago
Annika has left FMI to take a new position as Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago. We expect that this will only strengthen the CHAMOS collaboration. Congratulations, Annika!
Pulsating aurora meeting at ISEE
Esa and Antti visited ISEE to discuss the status of our plans for pulsating aurora studies and publications with Shin and Shinji. Check out our latest joint JGR publication here.
CHAMOS workshop in Helsinki, Finland
The annual CHAMOS team workshop will be held in Helsinki, Finland from 30 October to 3 November, 2017. The plan is to have five days of intensive collaboration, this time in an urban environment. See you there!
New project to measure all-important mesospheric ozone!
The Thule institute of the University of Oulu has granted a four year funding for the MeMO project. The project is led by Thomas with many CHAMOS people in the team. The idea is to measure mesospheric ozone using a low-cost ground-based instrument, based on satellite TV receivers operation at 11 GHz. The funding covers a post-doc and two PhD students for 2017-2021, and includes also building of instruments.
EEP meeting at BAS
Niilo, Max, Pekka, and Craig visited Mark and Annika at the British Antarctic Survey. Three days of collaboration on energetic electron precipitation and its atmospheric and climate effects was combined with an afternoon walk around the historic colleges of the University of Cambridge. See a group photo here.
Esa and Pekka visited Nagoya University
Esa and Pekka visited Yoshi, Shin, Shinji, and Antti at ISEE. We all participated in the annual Pulsating Aurora Workshop and discussed our joint research, especially related to the first coordinated campaign of ERG satellite (now named ARASE) observations and ground-based ionospheric measurements.