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WP1: Project Management

Objectives:

  • Provide efficient management and administration of the project, while fulfilling all legal and EC requirements.
  • Ensure focus on the direction of the project's objectives in accordance with the project plan.
  • Guarantee the non-technical and administrative coordination among all activities involved in the project. (e.g. consortium agreement, contractual issues, project costs, reporting).
  • Provide overall co-ordination of the project.
  • Ensure proper level of co-operation, communication, knowledge diffusion and consensus among project members.
  • Identify potential problems and provide timely and effective solutions; manage risks and plan for contingency.
  • Organise project meetings and workshops.
  • Ensure visibility of results to other relevant projects, and organise co-operation with other projects or other interested parties.
  • Facilitate alignment with and contribution to standard bodies and relevant forums.
  • Coordinate the reports that each activity generates.

WP2: Particle data assimilation

The objective of this work package is to use data assimilation techniques to guide 'the best' estimate of the state of a complex system such as the electron radiation belts. It will then take advantage of physical model for the radiation belts (global to the system but never perfect due to modelling uncertainties) to overcome some of the problems associated with the paucity of measurements arising from limited spatial and energy coverage.

It will give clues to the important questions:
  • Can we improve the knowledge of the global dynamics of the radiation belts using data assimilation techniques?
  • How many data sets do we need and along which orbit type particle measurements should be available to ensure a reasonably good estimate of the true state?

WP3: Wave database & map

Objectives:

  • Creation of an extended database of ULF and VLF waves in the radiation belts, covering both wave power and more advanced wave parameters such as propagation information
  • Creation of a data distribution system through which other researchers can access this database
  • Development of a statistical model of wave activity which includes carefully selected wave parameters (e.g. propagation information) as well as wave power
  • Development of a statistical model for bursts of high-amplitude EMIC and whistler-mode waves, including the spatial extent of the bursts and selected wave parameters such as propagation information

WP4: Synergy of particle and wave observations

Objectives:

  • To develop, run and assess physics-based ULF wave driven energy dependence radial diffusion model to establish importance of the contribution of ULF wave transport to radiation belt dynamics.
  • To discover the role of coherent ULF wave transport in outer radiation belt electron dynamics.
  • To discover the L-shell and azimuthal width of EMIC and VLF wave elements in the magnetosphere, hence contributing to an assessment of their role in radiation belt electron loss.
  • To observationally assess the role of EMIC and VLF waves in driving outer zone relativistic electron and energetic ion precipitation into the atmosphere.
  • To assess the relative importance of the plasmasheet source distributions, new injections, particle convection and magnetospheric compressions on VLF and EMIC wave excitation and their impact on MeV electrons in the radiation belt.
  • To determine the pitch angle and energy diffusion coefficients for electromagnetic ion cyclotron waves, whistler mode hiss and chorus for use in data assimilation.
  • To determine electron loss timescales for use with radial diffusion models.

WP5: Dissemination & Public Outreach

Objectives:

  • To continuously monitor the recent advances in the domain of radiation belt dynamics and provide feedback to the project management and the technical teams so as to tune accordingly ongoing design activities.
  • To identify R&D projects with similar objectives and liaise for the purpose of exchanging technological and scientific information.
  • To distribute information and WP results within the Consortium.
  • To conduct consistent dissemination activities including set up of a project web site, participation to international conferences, papers submission in internationally referred journals, presentations and demonstrations at relevant meetings.
  • To construct and maintain open source software models for use within the scientific community.
  • To organize special session in international conferences/meetings.
  • To present the results to the wider public through the press and also online sources.