Integrated Atmospheric and Space Science

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A RAS Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by:


Professor Mark Lester (University of Leicester); Dr Tracy Moffat-Griffin and Dr Mervyn Freeman (BAS)


Abstract: It is increasingly apparent that progress in conventional meteorology and its new cousin, Space Weather, both require an integrated understanding of the atmosphere (charged and neutral) from the ground to space. For example, surface temperature and pressure anomalies have been correlated with solar and terrestrial magnetic activity implying possible under-explored mechanisms involving the geoelectric circuit and/or the effects of energetic particles from space on atmospheric chemistry, and variability in thermospheric heating responsible for satellite drag is influenced by gravity waves from below and by an electric field and particles from space. This meeting aims to bring together the UK space and atmosphere communities to explore this new scientific frontier.