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Title: INAUGURAL DECADAL PLAN FOR SPACE SCIENCE: 2007-2016 PROGRESS REPORT


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INAUGURAL DECADAL PLAN FOR SPACE SCIENCE
2007-2016 PROGRESS REPORT
  • National Committee for Space Science
  • Prof Iver Cairns (Chair) University of Sydney
  • Dr Charles Barton ANU
  • Dr David Cole IPS Radio and Space Services
  • Prof Peter Dyson La Trobe University
  • Prof Brian Fraser University of Newcastle
  • Dr Alex Held COSSA
  • Prof Andrew Parfitt University of South
    Australia
  • Prof Bob Vincent University of Adelaide
  • Prof Malcolm Walter Macquarie University
  • http//www.science.org.au/natcoms/ss-decadal.htm
    ncss_at_physics.usyd.edu.au

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INAUGURAL DECADAL PLAN FOR SPACE SCIENCE
2007-2016 PROGRESS REPORT
  1. What is Space Science?
  2. Development of the Decadal Plan
  3. Global Science Themes
  4. Sun and Space to Earth Space Weather
  5. Summary

Presentation of Plan February 2007
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I. What is Space Science?
  • Science associated with solar system phenomena
    and objects.
  • Everything above the tropopause.

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I. What is Space Science?
  • Space Science Includes
  • space physics
  • solar physics
  • atmospheric and other geosciences
  • planetary science and astrobiology
  • remote sensing of Earth from orbit

Astronomy ?? extra-solar system.
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2 (i). The Decadal Plan Development - Motivations
  • Australian Academy of Science has 20 National
    Committees
  • Intended to foster an area/field of science
  • Link Australian and international scientists in
    the area.
  • National Committee for Space Science (NCSS)
    embraces a wide range of scientific disciplines
    applied to the study of space and/or the use of
    space vehicles as platforms for scientific
    research instruments.
  • This diversity is a strength in that it provides
    many opportunities for scientific research but
    Australia will benefit most from a focused
    approach that identifies key scientific programs
    that build on our current scientific expertise
    and are of national relevance.

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2(ii). National Significance
Space A Priority for Australia Senator
Grant Chapman Space Policy Advisory Group
December 2005
  • Space technologies are essential to resolve
    vital national interest issues which span
    services used by industry, government citizens
    national security, water mining, .. transport.
  • Currently we are operating in a high-risk
    environment. Even the temporary loss of many key,
    space-based services would damage the nation.
  • Of top 26 nations by GDP only 2 have no space
    program Australia (14) and Mexico (11)
  • In ASEAN Australia one of few without a space
    program.
  • In this environment the Decadal Plan is an
    opportunity to provide a science plan that
    supports space technologies and is a component of
    an Australian Space Policy.

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2 (iii). General Aims
  • Present widely-agreed, visionary research themes
    and projects directed towards achieving the
    long-term scientific goals of the Australian
    space science community.
  • Link this research and goals with the interests
    and requirements of Australian constituencies
    the wider scientific community, Government,
    Industry, and public.
  • Through postgraduate programs and related
    undergraduate programs provide specialist
    training in areas of National Interest

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2 (iv). Process
  • Steering Committee final responsibility for the
    development, writing, approval, and publication
    of the Decadal Plan.
  • Working Group researches a specific component of
    the Decadal Plan and then provides
    recommendations (e.g., priority research topics,
    ideas, and projects) and draft text for the
    Plan to the Steering Committee.

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2(v). Science Organization
  • Science Themes Longterm Vision Important
    Questions

Science Projects Facilities
Links and Benefits to Government Industry
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2(vi). Participants
Auspace Australian Antarctic
Division ANU British Aerospace
Australia Bureau of Meteorology Cisco
Systems COSSA DSTO Geospace
Australia Gravitec IPS Radio and Space
Services La Trobe University Macquarie
University Mars Society of Australia
University of Adelaide
University of Newcastle University of NSW
University of Sydney University of South
Australia University of
Queensland University of Southern Queensland
University of Technology, Sydney University of
Western Australia Vipac
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3. Global Science Themes
  • (i) Sun and Space to Earth
  • Understand the Sun and its connections to Earth,
    including space weather, the atmosphere, and
    effects on modern human society.
  • The Sun and Heliosphere
  • What causes coronal mass ejections (CMEs)?
  • How can we accurately predict effects of CMEs on
    the terrestrial environment ?
  • The Magnetosphere
  • What are the mechanisms for energy
  • transfer from the solar wind to
  • the magnetosphere?
  • How much solar winds energy is
  • 'captured' by the magnetosphere?

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3. Global Science Themes
  • (i) Sun and Space to Earth
  • Understand the Sun and its connections to Earth,
    including space weather, the atmosphere, and
    effects on modern human society.
  • The Ionosphere
  • What drivers couple different latitude, longitude
    and magnetically conjugate regions?
  • What triggers the different drivers?
  • Develop better models to aid
  • prediction of impacts on tech-
  • nologies such as GPS, JORN
  • and communications

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3. Global Science Themes
  • (i) Sun and Space to Earth
  • Observing Australia, Earth and Planets from Space
  • Satellites provide excellent platforms to
  • study and monitor the atmosphere, oceans,
    vegetation, etc
  • Monitor bushfires, etc

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3. Global Science Themes
  • (i) Sun and Space to Earth
  • (ii) Observing Australia, Earth and Planets from
    Space
  • (iii) Plasma to Planets
  • Understand the physics, chemistry, geology, and
    biology of natural space and astrophysical
    plasmas.
  • Life and Technology in Space
  • How did life evolve on Earth and
  • perhaps elsewhere?

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Theme 1. Sun and Space to Earth Space Weather
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Region Australia
  • 1/8 Worlds surface Currently we have radars,
    optical/IR, GPS TEC scintillation,
    magnetometers, digisondes, solar radio, and radio
    comms.
  • A large region of geospace which it is essential
    for us to understand how it behaves, and to
    monitor.

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Some Current Australian Space Physics Instruments
Antarctica
FedSat only spacecraft
Culgoora
TIGER radar
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FedSat GPS Tomography
Halloween 2003 Storms
Yizengaw et al., 2005
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Theme 1. Sun and Space to Earth Space Weather
  • Suggested New Resources
  • New larger more capable radars
  • Satellite instruments low orbit equatorial
    satellite?
  • Virtual Theory/Modelling/Data Center

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Summary
  • Where are we at?
  • Four science themes have emerged
  • Decadal Plan Working Groups final reports in
    preparation
  • Next Stage
  • Finalise specific projects and prioritise them.
  • Decadal Plan Finalised
  • February 2007

Decadal Plan Workshop Tomorrow at 330 PM
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