ISWI Newsletter

[1] JOB Position of Interest to the Ionospheric Community CCMC Ionosphere Scientist

The Community Coordinated Modeling Center (CCMC, at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is seeking a Heliophysics scientist with experience in Ionospheric Physics to work full time and to be employed as a contractor. The ideal candidate would have a strong background in ionospheric modeling and validation, includitng modeling of space weather quantities such as scintillation and TEC. At CCMC, we provide simulation services (Runs on Request) from a unique collection of space science and space weather models developed by the international research community.

As one of the ITM domain scientists, the person hired would be responsible for installing models, performing testing, preparing models for Runs on Request, and maintaining the installations.


[2] Space Weather Nigerian Communication Network Newsletter (SwNICONET)


[3] AGS Newsletter


[4] 2020 Contest for the International Space Weather Medals

Dear colleagues,

We are happy to announce the 2020 contest for the international space weather medals. Of course, we are aware of the pandemic, and still unable to foresee what the medal ceremony will be. The 17th European Space Weather Week is now postponed until 2021, so we will have to be imaginative. However, these medals are worldwide recognitions in space weather, and we feel that they should not be stopped because of a virus. We will find a way!

Medal recipients’ work must have been documented in peer review journals or book chapters, or must be a technological contribution that has led to a fully implemented new space weather capability. Medal recipients’ work must be relevant to space weather and/or space climate. The work must also be internationally recognized.

In addition to the above common criteria, there are the following specific requirements for each of the three medals:

The Kristian Birkeland Medal for Space Weather and Space Climate:
The recipient of the Kristian Birkeland Medal must have demonstrated a unique ability to combine basic and applied research to develop useful space weather products that are being used outside the research community, and/or across scientific research disciplines. The work must have led to a better physical comprehension of the solar-terrestrial phenomena related to space weather, to a drastic improvement of space weather modeling, or to a new generation of instruments.

The Baron Marcel Nicolet Medal for Space Weather and Space Climate:
The recipient of the Baron Marcel Nicolet Medal must have demonstrated a unique ability to bind the space weather community in a spirit of peace and friendship, to educate within the space weather community, to go also beyond the space weather research community and address larger audiences.

The Alexander Chizhevsky Medal for Space Weather and Space Climate:
The prize rewards a young researcher (younger than 35 years, or having successfully defended her/his thesis within the last 6 years prior to the ESWW2020, i.e. after October 30th, 2014) for outstanding achievements in space weather with an innovative approach. The six-year period is increased with the duration of any parental leave taken during the period.

How to nominate? In order to nominate a person for one of the international space weather medals, please send a pdf document including:

  • Your name, first name, professional address.
  • The name, first name, professional address of the person that you nominate.
  • Which of the three medals you nominate the person for.
  • Reasons for the nomination (two pages). Please, make sure that these reasons relate to space weather and fulfill the criteria below*.*
  • A full CV of the nominee.
  • Please include letters of support from two colleagues, preferably outside your own home institution. You may also include those two colleagues as co-signatories on the proposal. For the Chizhevsky prize, a recommendation letter from the PhD advisor (in case (s)heis not the person sending the application) is recommended. -Up to five references (journal articles, prizes, patents…).
Self-nominations are not allowed.

The medal committee members cannot be nominated or nominate.

You may resubmit a previous nomination that was not successful. Please indicate in your nomination that you wish the committee to reconsider it. You can update the documents or ask the committee to reconsider the already submitted files.

Send your documents by email only to medals[at] The deadline for the nominations is September 6th, 2020.

Composition of the Medal Committee: The Medal committee is composed of

Simone Gutt, the Royal Academy of Belgium,
Oyvind Sorensen Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
Dr. Galina Kotova, of the Russian Academy of Science.
Prof. Joran Moen,
Dr. Pål Brekke, Norway
Prof. Véronique Dehant, Belgium
Prof. Anatoli Petrukovich
Prof. Vladimir Kalegaev, Russia
The chair of the ESWW Organizing committee (Mario M. Bisi), Member of the ESWW PC Workgroup for the International Space Weather Medals (R. Van der Linden), the head of the ESA Space Weather Working Team and vice-chair of the medal committee(S. Poedts) and of the Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate (A. Belehaki).

The following previous winners are also members of the medal committee:
Bojan Vrsnak, Ji Wu, Elena Popova: in the Committee in 2018 – 2020
Tamas Gombosi, Hermann Opgenoorth, Christina Kay : in the Committee in 2019 – 2021
Bruce T. Tsurutani, Delores Knipp, Jiajia Liu : in the Committee in 2020 – 2022
-The Medal Committee is chaired by J. Lilensten.


[5] WALDO: Massive public repository of ELF/VLF radio data

Dear colleagues,

We enthusiastically announce a massive repository of ELF/VLF/LF radio data collected over decades at sites all over the world by Stanford University, Georgia Tech, and University of Colorado Denver. As recently written up in EOS (, the database is known as the World Archive or Low-frequency Data Observations,

WALDO, and can be accessed at

I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of anything more fun to do during a pandemic quarantine than analyze ELF/VLF/LF data!

These data already include or will include many valuable recordings, amongst them
– Antarctic recordings at Palmer Station and South Pole over decades
– Siple Station Antarctica experiment recordings from 1974-1986
– Alaska VLF recordings in conjunction with HAARP experiments
– VLF/LF Data from the 2017 Great American Solar Eclipse
– Narrowband data from global IHY/ISWI/AWESOME receivers
– VLF recordings preceding the 2011 Tohoku M9.0 earthquake
– Our hope is for the broader community to think of new ways to analyze these datasets that have not been previously considered.

The raw data are in a common format and available for direct download, along with quick-look plots. WALDO includes detailed data descriptions and some available scripts (Matlab with python coming soon) to view and analyze the data.

WALDO is jointly managed by Georgia Tech (Morris Cohen) and University of Colorado Denver (Mark Golkowski). Currently there are nearly 200 TB of data, with many 100s more TBs awaiting upload in the coming weeks and months. Currently we are focusing on uploading data previously collected by Stanford University’s VLF group (stored on 10s of thousands of DVDs), but will also be augmenting it with more recent data collected by CU-Denver and GaTech’s receiver networks. If there a specific dataset you know was recorded that is not yet up at WALDO that you would like to see, please contact us. We can let you know if it still exists, and/or prioritize it if you have a specific interest.

We encourage anyone interested in ELF/VLF and wanting to work with data to use the data. We are happy to answer any questions about the data, as well, or interested in any feedback in how the WALDO portal is working.

We also welcome anyone else collecting ELF/VLF data who would like to join WALDO and contribute their data as an official partner, please contact Morris Cohen (mcohen[at] and Mark Golkowski (mark.golkowski[at]


[5] CALLISTO status report/newsletter #87

The Sun went active on again on Mai 5th 2020 after a long period of silence. Below a few (new) isolated solar radio burst of type III. It is obvious, that the antenna plays an important role in the observed burst quality. Antennas which are tracking the Sun provide much better quality than just antenna which are fixed in sky-position. I again wanted to mention, that some stations provide wrong time stamps. Please check your PC-timing at least four times a year and synchronise your system with an internet time server. Correct timing is essential!


Vol.        12
No.         009
Date       12 June 2020

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