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amisr in africa workshop schedule

AMISR Workshop Schedule.  Artist's illustration by V. Moore, SRI International.

The prime objective of the workshop is to discuss and identify the scientific and societal benefits of developing a new international upper atmospheric facility, Advanced Modular Incoherent Scatter Radar (AMISR), in Ethiopia. The key points which need to be addressed during the workshop are:

1.      Is there any scientific need for placing an AMISR observatory in Africa in general and in Ethiopia in particular? Demonstrating the wealth of scientific opportunities that such a facility would provide is the principal goal of this workshop.

2.      Are there any feasible technical and logistical issues that need to be addressed to satisfy the scientific need and successful deployment of AMISR so it will augment the already in place global ground-based instruments, such as ionosonde, GPS receivers, magnetometers, etc.

3.      Is there any feasible international collaboration model that could lead a project to develop the facility?

It is important that the focus of the workshop is not about what the community has done, but what we would like to do with this facility, which will be placed right at the geomagnetic equator making it the second equatorial ISR facility in the world.

The workshop will also demonstrate how placing the AMISR in Africa will advance space science research into Africa by establishing and furthering sustainable research/training infrastructure within Africa.

With these goals in mind the proposed agenda is as follows( all times are in Eastern Standard Time (EST)   Check back often for updates):

DAY 1 - Thursday 1 March 2012
Time (EST) Speaker Title
Introduction and Scientific Capability of the AMISR
Convener: E. Yizengaw
08:00 - 08:45 Registration
08:45 - 08:55 E. Yizengaw Introduction and Opening Comments
08:55 - 09:10 P. Doherty Welcome and Opening Remarks
09:10 - 09:25 Ethiopian Ambassador
to the USA
Opening Remarks, showing the government support of the project
09:25 - 09:40 R. Behnke / B. Robinson NSF Support on AMISR in Africa
09:40 - 10:05 B. Damtie Detail Briefing about the already available facility at Bahir Dar to host AMISR
10:05 - 10:30 Coffee Break
Introductory presentation about the capabilities of current Incoherent Scatter RADARs and a description of AMISR:  Historical Perspective
Convener: E. Yizengaw
10:30 - 11:00 J.  Chau Brief introduction of JIC and its Scientific Achievements
11:00 - 11:30 M. Kelley The Historic Scientific Achievement with ISR Instrument at the Equator
11:30 - 12:00 D. Hysell Scientific Importance of AMISR in Africa
12:00 - 12:30 Open discussion
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
Convener: A. Stromme
13:30 - 13:45 J. Labelle Potential Science Experiments That Can be Done by AMISR in Ethiopia
13:45 - 14:00 J. Fentzke Potential Meteor / Dusty Plasma Studies in the African Sector
14:00 - 14:30 J. Foster Haystack ISR Capability and its Scientific Achievements
14:30 - 15:00   Open Discussion
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break
On uniqueness of the African Sector and what AMISR data will provide to understand the physics
Convener: A. Stromme
15:30 - 16:00 K. Groves / R. Colton Why Africa is Unique from SCINDA Observation Point of View
16:00 - 16:30 O. DeLaBeaujardiere C/NOFS's Unique Observations Over Africa
16:30 - 17:00 M. Moldwin / E. Zesta Ground- and Space-based Magnetometer Observation Over Africa
17:00 - 18:00 Open Discussion
18:00 - 18:30 Free Time
18:30 - 21:00 Conference Dinner Reception
Day 2 - Friday 2 March 2012
Time (EST) Speaker Title

Ground Based Space Science Instruments in Africa
Convener: A. Coster
08:30 - 09:00 J. Devila / N. Gobalswamy Past, Present and Future Ground Based Instrumentation in Africa
09:00 - 09:30 L. McKinnell Past, Present and Future Space Science Research in Africa
09:30 - 09:45 Parris / Caton
A VHF Coherent Backscatter RADAR in Africa
09:45 - 10:00 Open Discussion
10:00 - 10:30 Coffee Break


Convener: M. Moldwin

10:30 - 11:00 C. Heinselman Current AMISR technology
11:00 - 11:30 F. Lind
AMISR alternative technology
11:30 - 11:45 R. Tsunoda AMISR alternative site proposal

11:45 - 12:00

M. Kelley A Proposal to Build a Solar Village in Ethiopia
12:00 - 12:30 Open Discussion
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:00 A. Stromme About Antarctica ISR technology
14:00 - 14:30 E. Turunen EISCAT 3D technology
14:30 - 15:00   Open Discussion
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 - 16:00 J. Sliker / A. Weaver Solar Power Options

Scientific and Societal Opportunities of AMISR for African Universities
Convener: M. Moldwin / A. Coster

16:00 - 16:15 B. Rabiu Scientific and Societal Opportunities of AMISR for African Universities
16:15 - 16:30 G. Mengistu Recent Progress in Geospace Research in Ethiopia From Ground and Space-based Instrumentation: Implications for Scientific and Societal Opportunities of AMISR
16:30 - 16:45 P. Baki Scientific and Societal Opportunities of AMISR for Kenyan Universities
16:45 - 17:00 O. Obrou AMISR in Africa, an Opportunity for Space Science Research: Case of the University of Cocody
17:00 - 17:15 P. Sibanda TBD
17:15 - 17:30 J. Adenniyi TBD
17:30 - 18:00 Open Discussion
Day 3 - Saturday 3 March 2012
Time (EST) Title

Panel discussion about programmatic and strategy of placing AMISR in Africa, geared towards outlining the key points of the workshop to draft a report
Convener: P. Doherty
08:30 - 10:00 Identify authors for different sections of the report.
Identify possible funding sources for the construction of the radar.
Identify possible cheapest way to construct the radar.
10:00 - 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 - 11:30 Developing African University and African Union support for a user facility in Africa
11:30 Farewell Remarks