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Scientific Program Overview 2018

As a preview to the interesting discussions which will be held in Pasadena, listed below are the titles of scientific event proposals generated by Commissions and Panels from suggestions submitted by Associates. The list below is preliminary. Furthermore, the preliminary program will be modified by the Program Committee when it meets in March 2017, to a greater or lesser degree, in order to minimize overlap, maximize inter-commission co-ordination, and respond to imperatives set down by the Bureau and COSPAR Scientific Advisory Committee concerning the general organization of the Assembly. Events organized jointly by two Commissions are listed only once, so it is necessary to scan the entire list for a proper overview of the Pasadena scientific program.

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Scientific Commission A

  • Spacecraft Instruments and their Use
  • Enabling Science in GEOSS through Satellite Observations
  • Improving the Understanding of the Carbon Cycle with Satellite Observations and Modeling
  • Observing the Anthropocene from Space
  • Using Quantified Objectives for Prioritizing Global Environmental Change Measurements
  • Space-based and Sub-orbital Observations of Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry
  • Scientific Exploitation of Oceanographic Measurements From New Missions and Heritage Data Sets
  • Advances in Earth Observation and Technology for Global Terrestrial Cycles

Scientific Commission B

  • The Study of Exoplanet Atmospheres and the Search for Life Outside of the Solar System
  • Planetary Science Enabled by CubeSats and Microprobes
  • Observations of Planetary Objects with Non-Planetary Spacecraft
  • The Golden Age of Small Bodies, Science and Exploration
  • Pluto and Charon: The New Horizons Mission Results
  • Growing Up: the Long Journey of Planetary Systems from Interstellar Volatiles and Refractories to Asteroids, Comets, and Planets
  • References Frames for Applications of Geosciences (REFAG2018)
  • Lunar Science and Exploration
  • Mars Science Results
  • Forward Planning for the Robotic Exploration of Mars
  • Juno at Jupiter
  • Cassini Highlights at Saturn
  • Ocean Worlds: Europa, Enceladus, Titan, and Beyond

Scientific Commission C

  • International Standards on Space Environment from ISO
  • Advances in Remote Sensing of the Middle and Upper Atmosphere and Ionosphere from Ground and from Space, including Sounding Rockets and Multi-Instrument Studies
  • Ionospheric Disturbances Observed through very Low Frequency Radio Waves
  • Recent Advances in Equatorial, Low- and Mid-Latitude Mesosphere, Thermosphere and Ionosphere Studies
  • Recent Advances in the Thermospheric-Ionospheric-Geospheric Research (TIGER) Program
  • The Coupled Solar Wind-Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere System and the Impact of Solar and Geomagnetic Storms on Geospace
  • The Regions of Enhanced Risk for Ionospheric Weather
  • New Satellite Missions for Thermosphere-Ionosphere Studies and Sciences Performed by Observations, Modeling and Data Assimilation
  • Physics, Dynamics and Chemistry of the Mesosphere and Lower Thermosphere (MLT) Region
  • Wave Coupling Processes and Consequences in the Whole Atmosphere
  • Advances in External Forcing Studies for the Middle Atmosphere and Lower Ionosphere
  • Small Satellite Missions for Aeronomy and Ionosphere Studies
  • Planetary Atmospheres
  • Planetary Upper Atmospheres, Ionospheres, and Magnetospheres
  • Improved Description of the Ionosphere through Data Assimilation
  • Development of Models Related to the COSPAR International Reference Atmosphere (CIRA) and to ISO Standards for the Atmosphere
  • Mars and Venus Atmosphere and Ionosphere Reference Datasets
  • Active Space Experiments
  • Dusty Plasmas and Dust-Plasma Processes in Space

Scientific Commission D

  • Overview Talks
  • Energetic Particles in the Heliosphere and in the Interstellar Medium: Acceleration, Anisotropy and Anomalous Transport
  • Large-Scale Heliospheric Structure: Theory, Modelling, and Data
  • Acceleration and Transport of Energetic Particles in the Heliosphere and beyond: from Pickup Ions to Cosmic Rays
  • Coordinated Observations and Modeling of Accelerated Particles at the Sun and in the Inner Heliosphere
  • Cool Material in the Hot Solar Corona (Prominences & Coronal Rain) and Non-solar Analogs
  • Solar Transients: From Solar Origin to Earth Impact and the Outer Helioshere
  • Space Climate
  • Highlights of Magnetospheric Plasma Physics
  • Cross-Scale Coupling and Multipoint Observations in the Magnetosphere
  • Role of Nonthermal Distributions in Wave Generation, Particle Heating and Acceleration in Space Plasmas
  • Plasma Transport and Heating Across Boundary Layers
  • Particle Acceleration and Loss in the Earth and Planetary Magnetospheres
  • Magnetotail Dynamics and Substorms during Storm and Non-storm Time

Scientific Commission E

  • Dark Energy at 20
  • Structure, Evolution and Dynamics of Neutron Stars
  • Activity of the Super-massive Black Hole and Other Energetic Processes at the Galactic Center
  • AGN X-ray Surveys: Soft to Hard and Deep to Wide
  • The Extreme Physics of Eddington and Super Eddington Accretion onto Compact Objects: Simulations Meet Observations
  • Cherenkov Telescope Array: The Ground-based Eyes to Observe the Gamma Ray Universe
  • The Gravitational Wave Universe
  • Large Space-based Optical and Infrared Surveys
  • X- and Gamma-ray Counterparts of the New Transients in the Multi-messenger Exploration Era
  • Knocking on Heaven’s Door: CMB in Pursuit of the Footprint of Inflation
  • Millisecond Pulsars
  • Black Hole Astrophysics: Observational Evidence of Theoretical Models
  • Origin of Cosmic Rays
  • Spectral Meets Timing: A Global Approach to Accretion onto Compact Objects
  • Nova Eruptions, Cataclysmic Variables and Related Systems: Observational vs. Theoretical Challenges in the 2020 Era
  • The Multi-wavelength View at the Universe as Triggered by the RadioAstron Mission
  • Ultraviolet Astronomy and the Quest for the Origin of Life
  • Solar and Stellar Flares: Multi-wavelength Oberservations and Simulations
  • Formation, Destabilisation, and Ejection of Magnetic Structures in Solar and Stellar Coronae
  • Solar Magnetism: Data-Driven Modeling and Requirements for Future Instrumentation
  • Current and Future Projects for Exoplanets Detections and Characterisation
  • Planet Formation at High Resolution

Scientific Commission F

  • Gravity Perception and Response in Plants and Fungi: Ground and Space Studies
  • Towards Space Exploration: Radiation Biological Basis
  • Space Radiation Risk, Quality of Radiation and Countermeasures: Physical and Biophysical Mechanisms, Modelling and Simulations
  • Space Radiation – Dosimetric Measurements and Related Models, Radiation Detector Developments and Ground-based Characterisation
  • Genetic Epigenetic and Metabolic Changes in Spaceflight and Simulated Spaceflight Environment
  • Space Radiation – Invited Cross Discipline Talks
  • Astrobiology – Experiments from Mars Analogue Sites, Earth Orbit, and Beyond
  • The Evolving Chemical Universe: from Proto-stars to the Origin of Life : Part 1
  • The Past, Present and Future Habitability of Mars
  • Harnessing Redox, pH and other Concentration Gradients at Life’s Emergence
  • The Evolving Chemical Universe: from Proto-stars to the Origin of Life : Part 2
  • Biosignature Detection in the Solar System. Part I: Icy Worlds
  • Biosignature Detection in the Solar System. Part II: Mars, Earth, and ExoPlanets
  • Searches for Advanced Extraterrestrial Life: Signatures, Strategies and Technologies
  • Innovative Approaches to Space Habitation
  • Advanced Life Support Testbeds and Facilities
  • Principles and Applications of Mathematical and Computer Modelling CELSS
  • Influence of Spaceflight Environments on Biological Systems
  • Closure as a Specific Property of Manmade Ecosystems and Biospheres
  • Ecological Life Support and Sustainability – Adaptation to the Extreme
  • Space Nutrition and Space Agriculture
  • Animal Models in Space Research
  • Physiological Deconditioning on Earth and in Space

Scientific Commission G

  • Gravitational Effects on Physico-Chemical Processes
  • Drop Tower Days
  • Influence of Free Space Environment on the Behavior of Materials

Scientific Commission H

  • Commission H Highlight Talks
  • Gravitation, Dark Energy and Dark Matter
  • Space Missions for Fundamental Physics
  • Gravitational Wave Astrophysics
  • Applications (Geodesy, Metrology, Navigation, and Others)
  • Enabling Technologies for Fundamental Physics Experiments and Missions

Panels and Special Events

  • Latest Results
  • COSPAR Capacity Building Initiative: A Review of the Last 15 Years and How to Face the Next 10
  • Young Scientist in the Classroom
  • Issues in Capacity Building and Education for Space Sciences
  • Space Debris – Providing the Scientific Foundation for Action
  • International Coordination of Space Exploration Activities
  • Human and Robotic Exploration of the Moon, Mars & NEOs
  • Near-term Exploration of the Interstellar Medium
  • Planetary Protection Policy
  • Planetary Protection Mission Implementation and Status
  • Planetary Protection Research and Development
  • State-of-the-Art Assay Technologies
  • Development of Physics-based, Empirical, and Data Assimilative Models of the Radiation Environment
  • Recent and Upcoming Observations of the Radiation Belts
  • Scientific Ballooning: Recent Developments in Technology and Instrumentation
  • Satellite Dynamics for Earth and Solar System Sciences and Applications
  • Metrics and Validation Needs for Space Weather Models and Services
  • Solar System Space Weather
  • From Ionospheric Indices towards Standardised Activity Scales for Space Weather Services
  • Interoperability of Space Weather Data Models, Data Holdings and Data Access Tools
  • Space Weather Initiatives and Coordinated International Efforts to implement COSPAR-ILWS Roadmap Recommendations
  • CSES Preliminary Results on Ionospheric Variability and Its Connection with Seismic Activity and Solar Forcing
  • Planetary Data Management and Exploitation
  • Small Body Hazard

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