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University of Alberta

The University of Alberta (UofA), formed in 1908, is widely regarded as one of Canada's foremost teaching and research institutions. With an enrollment of over 36,000 students, over 3,600 faculty and over 6,700 support and technical staff, it is amongst the five largest Universities in Canada. The University of Alberta has a long history of excellence in ground- and space-based space physics, solar-terrestrial, and auroral science. Formerly the PI institute of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) funded CANOPUS (CAnadian Network for the OPEN program of Unified study) program, which resulted in more than 1000 scientific publications, and now as the core magnetometry and space-simulation and modeling centers for the CSA flagship Canadian Geospace Monitoring (CGSM) program. The space physics group is extensively funded by the Canadian Space Agency and enjoys an international reputation in space science including international partnerships with NASA and ESA. The space physics group has partnered on numerous missions including ESA-NASA Cluster, NASA THEMIS and the upcoming NASA RBSP and CSA e-POP missions, as well as in missions in planning and development such as CSA ORBITALS, CSA I-SWEAT and JAXA-CSA SCOPE and ESA EidoSCOPE missions. Recent developments have included proposals to fly instrumentation on high altitude balloons in collaboration with NASA and NSF, on sounding rockets, and on satellites such TellTale on the Phoenix Mars Lander, and three instruments for the ORBITALS satellite mission which is also led from the UofA. A newly formed Institute for Space Science Exploration and Technology (ISSET) brings together experts in science and engineering from 7 Departments across two Faculties for the development of space instrumentation, encompassing strengths in space magnetometry, high energy particles, atmospheres, remote-sensing and spectrometry.

Main tasks: The UofA will lead WP4, including using ground- and satellite-based data analysis and modelling and contribute to the development of the Pc5 ULF wave azimuthal mode number spectra in WP3 using groundbased magnetometer data including the European IMAGE and the Canadian CARISMA array.