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The Role of High-Power, High Frequency-Band Transmitters in Advancing Ionospheric/Thermospheric Research: A Workshop

View the Report: Opportunities for High-Power, High-Frequency Transmitters to Advance Ionospheric/Thermospheric Research: Report of a Workshop (2014)

Statement of Task

An ad-hoc committee will plan a 3-day public workshop on the role of high-power HF-band transmitters in upper atmospheric research. The topics for discussion at the workshop may include the following:

1. What is the state of the art in active ionospheric and thermospheric research?
2. What are the fundamental research areas in ionospheric science that can be addressed using high-power HF-band transmitters?
3. What are the key diagnostic instruments needed in conjunction with high-power HF-band transmitters to address items 1 and 2?
4. Are there emerging science questions that might benefit from active ionospheric experiments in the sub-auroral zone?
5. What operating parameters (e.g., power and transmission frequency) are needed to address the questions in items 1-4?
6. Are there ways to combine similar facilities (e.g., EISCAT, Arecibo) to perform global ionospheric science?
7. What research opportunities might arise from the relocation of the AMISR incoherent scatter radar from the Poker Flat
Research Facility in Poker Flat, AK to Gakona, AK, the location of the HAARP facility?

The committee will hold an organizing meeting in the process of developing the agenda for the workshop and defining the specific topics for invited presentations and discussions. The committee will subsequently select and invite speakers and other participants and moderate the discussions at the event. The committee will prepare a workshop report that will summarize what transpired at the event but will not contain any findings, conclusions or recommendations.

This project is sponsored by the Department of Defense and the National Science Foundation
The start date for the project is 10/30/2012.
The summary workshop report will be issued at the conclusion of the project.

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Committee Meetings

May 20-22, 2013
Washington, DC
View agenda

March 14, 2013

Committee Membership

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Dr. Louis J. Lanzerotti - (Chair)
New Jersey Institute of Technology 

Dr. Paul A. Bernhardt
Naval Research Laboratory 

Dr. Herbert C. Carlson
Utah State University

Dr. Anthea J. Coster
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. John C. Foster
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Sixto A. Gonzalez
SRI International

Dr. David L. Hysell
Cornell University

Dr. Brett Isham
InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico, Bayamon

Dr. Elizabeth A. Kendall
SRI International

Dr. Kristina A. Lynch
Dartmouth College

Dr. Konstantinos Papadopoulos
University of Maryland, College Park 


Dr. Arthur Charo, Study Director
Linda Walker, Senior Program Assistant