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Committee on Solar and Space Physics 


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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will appoint the Committee on Solar and Space Physics (CSSP) to operate as an ad-hoc committee. The overarching purpose of the committee is to support scientific progress in solar and space physics (Heliophysics) and to assist the federal government in planning programs in these fields by providing advice on the implementation of decadal survey recommendations. The CSSP provides an independent, authoritative forum for identifying and discussing issues in solar and space physics between the research community, the federal government, and the interested public.

The CSSP will issue reports that will provide guidance to federal agencies that support solar and space physics (Heliophysics) research. The CSSP's scope spans space-based and supporting ground-based in support of scientific programs in plasma physics, magnetospheric physics, aeronomy, physics of the upper atmospheres of Earth and other planets, solar-planetary interactions, and cosmic ray physics. The CSSP’s scope also includes appropriate cross-disciplinary areas and consideration of budget and programmatic aspects of the implementation of the decadal survey.


The Committee will build on the current decadal survey of the field, " Solar and Space Physics: A Science for a Technological Society” (S&SP) and monitor the progress of its recommended priorities for the most important scientific and technical activities in that report and recommendations in the mid-decadal review report due to be issued in 2018.

The committee will carry out its charge by undertaking the following tasks:

1. At each of its in-person meetings, as appropriate, the committee may prepare concise assessments of progress on the implementation of the decadal survey's recommended scientific and technical activities. The assessments will be based on evidence gathered by the committee at its in-person and virtual meetings. The committee’s assessment reports may include findings and conclusions on key strategies being pursued by the agencies and the status of agency actions that relate to the state of implementation. The reports may also highlight scientific discoveries and engineering and technical advances relevant to progress on the science objectives identified in the S&SP decadal report and in addition will focus on one or more of the following types of issues:

• The scientific impact of a change in the technical and engineering design, cost estimate, schedule, or programmatic sequencing of one or more of the survey-recommended activities;
• The impact of a scientific advance on the technical and engineering design, schedule, or programmatic sequencing of one or more survey-recommended activities;
• The scientific impact of a course of action at a decision point described in the survey report and recommended therein as being suitable for consultation with an independent decadal survey implementation committee;
• The scientific impact of implementing recommendations from the mid-decadal review and other relevant Academies' reports.

2. At an in-person meeting, the committee may prepare a concise report with advice on the preparation for future decadal and mid-decadal studies.  These reports will be based on evidence gathered by the committee at its in-person and virtual meetings.  Future decadal and mid-decadal studies will be carried out by an ad hoc committee appointed by the Academies under a separate task.
3. For advisory activities assessed to require a more in-depth review than is possible through the normal operation of the CSSP, the committee will assist the Academies in formulating the task and committee membership for such studies which will be designed as separate tasks. 

The committee is pleased to acknowledge support from NASA for this activity.

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Meetings and Events

March 26-28, 2019
Washington, DC
View Agenda and Presentations I Archive of Space Science Week 2019

October 16-18, 2018
Irvine, CA

View Agenda I View Presentations

March 27-29, 2018
Washington, DC
View AgendaArchive of Space Science Week 2018
PDF Agenda as of 3/26/18

October 24-26, 2017

Irvine, CA
View Agenda I View Presentations

March 28-30, 2017
Washington, DC
View Agenda I View Presentations


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Current Membership 

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Sarah Gibson, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Co Chair
Maura E. Hagan,(NAS), Utah State University, Co Chair
Brian J. Anderson, Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory
Steven J. Battel (NAE), Battel Engineering, Inc.
Rebecca L. Bishop, The Aerospace Corporation
Mark C.M. Cheung, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center
Christina M. Cohen, California Institute of Technology
Yue Deng University, of Texas at Arlington
Tai D. Phan, University of California, Berkeley
Tuija I. Pulkkinen (NAS), University of Michigan
Jiong Qiu, Montana State University
Howard J. Singer, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Leonard Strachan, Jr., Naval Research Laboratory
Barbara J. Thompson, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Gary P. Zank (NAS), University of Alabama, Huntsville
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Abigail Sheffer, Senior Program Officer
Mia Brown, Research Associate
Anesia Wilks, Senior Program Assistant


Past Meeting Presentations
We have posted only presentations which have been made available to us by the presenter.
View Archive of meeting prior to March 2017. Presentations for meetings held after 2018 are located on the Agenda page for its meeting.

March 27-29, 2018

Peg Luce
Jill Dahlburg
Michael Wiltberger
Thomas Zurbuchen-Pending Permission
Fabio Favata-Slides Not available
David Parker
Maurice Borgeaud
Ji Wu
Hitoshi Kuninaka
Masaki Fujimoto
Bill Lapenta
Ji Wu
David Boboltz
Waleed Abdalati-Pending Permission
William Gail-Pending Pemission
Elizabeth MacDonald
Steven Clarke-No Slides
Nicholeen Viall
James Spann
Nicola Fox

October 24-25, 2017

Sarah Gibson- No slides
Maura Hagan-No Slides
Peg Luce-Permission pending
Elsayed Talaat- Permission Pending
Jacob Bortnik
Steven Clarke-No slides
Richard Green-Permission Pending
Howard SInger-No slides
Mike Wiltberger
Alexei Petsov
Aaron Roberts
Tomoko Matsuo- Permission Pending
Andres Munoz-Jaramillo
Rachel Osten-No slides

March 2017

Howard Singer
Bill Murtagh
Timothy Bastien
Therese Moretto-Jorgensen
Steven Clarke
David Boboltz
Denise Caldwell
Penelope Boston

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Relevant Links

Solar and Space Physics Decadal Survey 

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