News archive

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.

ERG satellite launch successful

JAXA has successfully launched the ERG satellite to orbit! Important to CHAMOS, measurements of energetic electrons can now be made using the Plasma Particle Experiment Suite (PPE) which has 62 energy channels in the range of 10 eV to 20 MeV. Congratulations to the ISEE ERG team! More information about the ERG mission.

CHAMOS workshop in Luosto, Lapland

Amazing Luosto provided perfect conditions for the 2016 CHAMOS workshop. Our week of intensive hands-on collaboration, discussions, and presentations was again very successful. Our group photograph can be seen here.

Center of Excellence first-round success

SGO and FMI are members of the 3DGeoSpace consortium, with Esa leading. Our proposal was selected for the second round in the Center of Excellence call by the Academy of Finland! A lot of work is now needed to write a full application. We can do it!

CHAMOS workshop in Luosto, Lapland

The annual CHAMOS team workshop will be held again in Luosto, Sodankylä, Finland from 28 November to 2 December, 2016. The plan is to have five days of intensive collaboration in a remote log cabin, see you there!

A paper on long-term modeling of electron precipitation

Max, Annika, Mark, Craig, and Pekka published a model for 30-1000 keV radiation belt driven electron precipitation, designed for calculations of decadal time series of atmospheric ionization. The paper is part of the special section Energetic Electron Loss and its Impacts on the Atmosphere. Access the paper.

A paper on pulsating aurora published

Esa, Antti, Pekka, Yoshizumi, Shin-Ichiro, and Shinjin published a paper on mesospheric ozone depletion associated with pulsating aurora. It is part of the special section Energetic Electron Loss and its Impacts on the Atmosphere. Access the paper here.

Antti at Nagoya University

Antti has started a 6-month Designated Associate Professorship in Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research (ISEE) at Nagoya University! The scope of the visit relates closely to the CHAMOS science.

A book chapter on radiation belts electrons, polar atmosphere and climate

Mark, Craig, Monika, Annika and Pekka have written a chapter called Linkages Between the Radiation Belts, Polar Atmosphere and Climate: Electron Precipitation Through Wave Particle Interactions, which part of the book Waves, Particles, and Storms in Geospace. Access the book.

HEPPA-SOLARIS Workshop at FMI

Pekka, Craig, Esa, Monika, Niilo, Antti, Erkki, Johanna, Mark, and Shin participated in the 6th International HEPPA-SOLARIS Workshop in Helsinki, Finland, on 13-17 June, 2016. Topic: Influences of solar radiation and energetic particle precipitation on the atmosphere and climate. More information here.

Space Climate Symposium

Esa and Pekka participated in the 6th Space Climate Symposium in Kittilä, Finland. There was also some time for joint work on funding applications. Fun! More about the Space Climate Meeting here.

CHAMOS workshop in Luosto, Lapland

Snowy Luosto provided the excellent conditions for the 2015 CHAMOS workshop. 5-days of intensive collaboration in a remote log cabin adds to our yearly tradition.

SPARC SOLARIS-HEPPA

Craig, Mark, and Pekka participated in the SPARC SOLARIS-HEPPA working group meeting in Boulder, Colorado. Suggestions of solar input for the CMIP6 climate simulations (which will be the used for the next IPCC report) were outlined, including energetic particle precipitation for the first time! More about the meeting here.

HEPPA-SOLARIS Workshop at FMI

Pekka, Craig, Esa, Monika, and Niilo are in the committees that organize the 6th International HEPPA-SOLARIS Workshop in Helsinki, Finland, on 13-17 June, 2016. The topic is very much CHAMOS-related: Influences of solar radiation and energetic particle precipitation on the atmosphere and climate. More information here.

Substorm EPP effects on atmospheric chemistry

Annika et al. published a paper in GRL: Substorm-induced energetic electron precipitation: Impact on atmospheric chemistry. More details here.

Next CHAMOS meeting in 2015

Next CHAMOS meeting is scheduled for 07 - 11 Dec, 2015, again taking place in Finnish Lapland. See you there!

Pekka Verronen visits SGO

Pekka visited SGO on 7-9 September and worked with Antti and Esa on pulsating aurora and its atmospheric effects.

Antti Kero and Pekka Verronen visit STEL, Nagoya University

Antti and Pekka visited Solar-Terrestrial Laboratory of the University of Nagoya, Japan, on 1-5 June. Joining Esa there, they worked with Yoshi Miyoshi, Shin Oyama, and Shinjin Saito on pulsating aurora and its atmospheric effects, and participated in the "Energetic particle precipitation and its impact on middle atmosphere" workshop on 2 June.

Antti Kero visits FMI

Antti visited FMI on 4-5 May and worked with Pekka on pulsating aurora and its atmospheric effects.

Esa Turunen at STEL, Nagoya University

Esa is working from 1 April to 30 June 2015 at Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory (STEL) in Nagoya University, Japan, as a visiting professor. The purpose is to study the chemical effect of pulsating aurora in atmosphere and prepare for the ERG satellite mission in 2016. For latest results on pulsating aurora, see Miyoshi et al. (2015)

Antti Kero visits FMI

Antti and Pekka worked together on the development of the new SIC model version (V8) on 2-4 March. Vroom!

Mark Clilverd visits FMI

Mark visited the FMI CHAMOS team on 24-27 February. We discussed many CHAMOS matters, including long-term proxies for medium energy electron precipitation for the WACCM-D model and atmospheric effects of substorms. Konstan möljä!

Thomas Ulich visits FMI

Thomas visited Sanna, Monika, and Pekka at FMI. We had a discussion on SGO meteor radar observations during sudden stratospheric warming periods. Annika and Alexander participated remotely.

CHAMOS workshop in Luosto, Lapland

Once again, on 3-7 November, we gathered together to discuss and make plans for our CHAMOS science in the enchanting Finnish Lapland, see the updates in the photo gallery. Also, have a look at the SGO blog.

Nature Communications: Is electron precipitation affecting climate?

Monika, Pekka, Craig, Mark, and Annika published a paper in Nature Communications! It's about electrons and mesospheric ozone, with speculation about possible regional climate effects. Available here!

Next CHAMOS meeting in Luosto, Lapland

The next CHAMOS gathering will be held in November 2014 in Luosto, Lapland. See you there!

Antti Kero visits FMI

Antti and Pekka worked together on the development of the new SIC model version (V8) during 30 June - 4 July.

Academy of Finland funds the SECTIC project

Pekka's SECTIC (Sun-Earth Connection Through Ion Chemistry) proposal was granted a 4-year funding by the Academy of Finland. Great!

ISSI team meeting in Bern

Mark and Pekka participated in an International Space Science Institute-funded team meeting in Bern, Switzerland. Topic of the meeting was Quantifying Hemispheric Differences in Particle Forcing Effects on Stratospheric Ozone.

FMI team visits University of Otago

Monika, Annika, and Pekka visited Craig and Mark at the University of Otago before and after the SPARC General Assembly. Nice penguins!

Carl-Fredrik Enell begins at EISCAT

Carl-Fredrik leaves SGO and begins his new job as a EISCAT staff scientists in Kiruna, Sweden. Congratulations!

Niilo Kalakoski joins the FMI CHAMOS team

Niilo joins Annika's CLASP project as a PhD student. Welcome aboard!

CHAMOS in Mexico

Monika, Craig, Mark, and Antti attended the IAGA meeting, which provided an opportunity to talk also CHAMOS business.

Antti Kero visits FMI

Antti and Pekka worked on SIC development and EISCAT/NO-related paper.

Prof. John Plane visits FMI

Prof. John Plane from University of Leeds visited FMI to talk about ion chemistry and the SIC model with Pekka, Annika, Monika, Esa, and Carl-Fredrik.

SGO team visits FMI

Esa, Carl-Fredrik, and Antti visited FMI in SIC/CHAMOS-related issues. See you soon again in Dylan's!

ISSI team meeting in Bern

Annika, Craig, Mark, and Pekka participated in an International Space Science Institute-funded team meating in Bern, Switzerland. Topic of the meeting was Quantifying Hemispheric Differences in Particle Forcing Effects on Stratospheric Ozone.

Craig Rodger and Mark Clilverd visited SGO

Craig and Mark visited SGO and participated in the FP7 PLASMON meeting. It was cold and snowy in Sodankylä! PLASMON is here.

Pekka Verronen's ERC proposal selected for Step 2

Pekka's Starting Grant proposal to the European Research Council was selected for the second round. A panel interview will take place in April in Brussels. About 50% of the second round proposals will be funded. Let's keep our fingers crossed!

Esa Turunen visited FMI

Esa Turunen from Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory visited FMI. We worked on CHAMOS-related science topics and made plans for future collaboration. Always good to see you, Esa!

Esa Turunen begins as the Director of SGO

Esa Turunen assumes his position as the Director of Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory, after spending four years with EISCAT. Welcome back!

Craig Rodger visited FMI

Craig Rodger from the University of Otago visited FMI 13.8-17.8. Craig, Pekka and Monika were working on electron precipitation and mesospheric hydroxyl. It was nice having you here Craig!

Annika Seppälä receives the EMS Young Scientist Award

The award is given to one European young scientist once a year. Annika will receive her award in the EMS & ECAC meeting in Poland in September. Congratulations Annika!

Thomas Ulich's research project funded

Thule institute funds Thomas's research project "Mesospheric Monitoring of Ozone above the Polar Vortex during Solar Maximum 24" (MeMO). The 4-year funding covers one Ph.D. student and a setup of a TV-receiver-type instrument in Sodankylä. Congratulations!

Annika Seppälä's research project funded

Academy of Finland funds Annika's research project "Climate and Solar Particle forcing". In addition to Annika's 5-year Academy Research Fellow position, the funding covers two Ph.D. students. Congratulations!

FMI and SGO involved in a Finnish CoE proposal

Pekka, Annika, Esa, and Thomas are involved in a Centre of Excellence proposal to the Academy of Finland. The proposal, entitled "Space Weather", is led by the University of Helsinki. Selections for the second round will be made by the Academy in November.

Annika Seppälä's ERC proposal reaches the second round

Annika's Starting Grant proposal to the European Research Council has been selected for the interview round. The interview will take place later in spring in Brussels. About 50% of the second round proposals will be funded. Let's keep our fingers crossed!