FG: Quantitative Assessment of Radiation Belt Modeling

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Focus Group Leaders:

  • Jay Albert (jay.albert@us.af.mil)
  • Wen Li (moonli@atmos.ucla.edu)
  • Steve Morley (smorley@lanl.gov)
  • Weichao Tu (wetu@mail.wvu.edu)

Contents

2017 miniGEM Schedule

Detailed talk schedule can be downloaded at http://www-ssc.igpp.ucla.edu/gemwiki/images/5/5a/QARBM_miniGEM2017_Talk_schedule_v2.pdf .

'RB dropout' and 'RB buildup' Challenge: Shared Resources

The overview of our challenge events, the currently available data files (DLL, EMIC and magnetosonic wave activity, chorus and hiss diffusion matrix, plasma density, etc.), and the README files for instructions can be found at: http://bit.ly/28UnLpw .

2017 GEM Summer Workshop Agenda

The 2017 GEM session aganda for the “Quantitative Assessment of Radiation Belt Modeling” FG is posted at: http://www-ssc.igpp.ucla.edu/gemwiki/images/d/d3/2017_GEM_QARBM_talk_schedule_v03.pdf

2017 GEM Announcement

We would like to solicit short presentations relevant to the following four sessions, including three independent sessions and one joint session with the “Modeling Methods and Validation” FG.

  • Session 1 (Wed, 10:30-12:15 AM): "Observations of radiation belt processes".
We solicit short presentations on observational studies of the dynamical processes in the radiation belts. Possible topics include the generation and dynamics of various magnetospheric waves, wave-particle interactions in the radiation belts, and the dynamics of radiation belt particles. This session mainly focuses on observational studies and results.
  • Session 2 (Wed, 01:30-03:00 PM): "Modeling of local processes and transport".
We solicit short presentations focusing on modeling the local wave-particle interactions and transport processes in the radiation belts. This first modeling session focuses on waves and structures that can have local interactions with radiation belt particles (e.g., chorus, hiss, EMIC, magnetosonic waves, nonlinear structures, etc.), and their effects on radiation belt particles. Presentations on the modeling of radiation belt transport driven by ULF waves are also invited.
  • Session 3 (Wed, 03:30-05:00 PM): "Global modeling, metrics and validation".
This is the joint session with “Modeling Methods and Validation” FG, since the two FGs have common interest in the global modeling of radiation belt (RB) dynamics and the metrics and validation methods that can be used to quantitatively assess the modeling. We call for short presentations that perform global modeling of the acceleration, transport, and loss of RB particles, test current metrics and validation for RB modeling, and/or develop new validation methods.
  • Session 4 (Thu, 10:30-12:15 PM): "New challenge results and plans".
This session will focus on the following four "challenge" events:
  1. Stormtime Enhancement: 2013-03-17/00 UT to 2013-03-19/00 UT
  2. Stormtime Dropout: 2013-05-31/00 UT to 2013-06-03/00 UT
  3. Non-storm Enhancement: 2013-09-19/00 UT to 2013-09-21/00 UT
  4. Non-storm Dropout: 2013-09-23/00 UT to 2013-09-26/00 UT
We encourage presentations on the new RB modeling results of these events as well as quantitative assessment of the established modeling results from previous meetings. More information on these events and the available resources can be found at our GEM wiki page. At last, we will wrap up and plan for future FG activities.

If you would like to present in any of these sessions, please send your talk title and the relevant session number to Weichao Tu (wetu@mail.wvu.edu) by June 11th, 2017. Our FG activities and announcements will be updated in the GEM wiki page. Thank you very much in advance for your contributions!

Weichao Tu, Wen Li, Jay Albert, and Steve Morley

2016 miniGEM Schedule

Detailed talk schedule can be downloaded at http://www-ssc.igpp.ucla.edu/gemwiki/images/4/40/QARBM_session_schedule_miniGEM2016_new.pdf .

2016 miniGEM Announcement

The Quantitative Assessment of Radiation Belt Modeling Focus Group will hold two sessions at the Mini-GEM workshop in San Francisco on December 11, immediately before the Fall AGU Meeting.

  • Session 1: General Session for Radiation Belt Modeling and Quantitative Assessment
Time: 13:50-15:20 PM, Sunday, December 11, 2016
Location: Gold Rush A Room, Holiday Inn Golden Gateway
In this session, we solicit short presentations on radiation belt modeling and its quantitative assessment, as well as physical processes potentially important in radiation belt modeling (such as various magnetospheric waves, seed electron population, plasma density, magnetic field configuration etc.).
  • Session 2: 'RB dropout' and 'RB buildup' Challenge
Time: 15:30-17:00 PM, Sunday, December 11, 2016
Location: Gold Rush A Room, Holiday Inn Golden Gateway
This session will focus on the four "challenge" events that have been described in this wiki page. We encourage presentations on the radiation belt modeling results of these events as well as studies providing the required inputs for modeling the radiation belt dynamics during these events (e.g., various magnetospheric waves, plasmapause and density models, electron PSD data). The latest available resources during these GEM challenge events (e.g., DLL, event-specific chorus wave distribution, plasmapause location, electron PSD etc.) are provided in this link (http://bit.ly/28UnLpw).

If you'd like to speak in our sessions, please send your talk title and the session number to Weichao Tu (wetu@mail.wvu.edu) by Dec 7th 2016. We also encourage you to attend and participate in the discussions. Hope you will join us!

Weichao Tu, Wen Li, Jay Albert, and Steve Morley

2016 GEM Summer Workshop Agenda

The 2016 GEM session aganda for the “Quantitative Assessment of Radiation Belt Modeling” FG is posted at: http://aten.igpp.ucla.edu/gemwiki/images/b/b4/2016_GEM_QARBM_talk_schedule_v08.pdf

'RB dropout' and 'RB buildup' Challenge Events Announcement

Based on the votes we collected from the community, four challenge events have been selected:

  • Stormtime Enhancement - March 17th 2013 (St. Patrick's Day vs The Outer Belt, Round 1)
  • Stormtime Dropout - June 1st 2013 (The Children's Day event)
  • Non-storm Enhancement - September 19th 2013 (International Talk like a Pirate Day event)
  • Non-storm Dropout - September 24th 2013 (National Punctuation Day event)

More detailed information on these four challenge events is uploaded here (https://www.dropbox.com/s/nkhbradm8ynw47k/GEM_Challenge_Events_final.pptx?dl=0).

The "RB buildup" and "RB dropout" challenges focus on quantitative modeling of the radiation belt buildups and dropouts, with the goal of quantitatively assessing the relative importance of various acceleration, transport, and loss processes. We encourage you to simulate these challenge events with your own models and/or provide data or model inputs that are required to simulate these events, including: RB phase space densities, various wave inputs (e.g., ULF waves, chorus and hiss, EMIC waves, magnetosonic waves), seed populations, plasma density, magnetic field configuration, last closed drift shell, etc. Please inform us with your modeling plan, results, and/or data and model inputs that you would like to share with the community.

To establish a common basis for simulations and testing, we will provide a common point of access to the model inputs and data for each of the selected events. Up-to-date information will come soon on this wiki page.

2015 miniGEM Schedule

Detailed talk schedule can be downloaded at http://www-ssc.igpp.ucla.edu/gemwiki/images/6/6d/QARBM_session_schedule_miniGEM2015.pdf .

2015 miniGEM Announcement

The Quantitative Assessment of Radiation Belt Modeling Focus Group will hold two sessions at the Mini-GEM workshop in San Francisco on December 13, immediately before the Fall AGU Meeting.

  • Session 1: General Session for Radiation Belt Modeling and Quantitative Assessment
Time: 12:00-13:30 PM, Sunday, December 13, 2015
Location: Gold Rush A Room, Holiday Inn Golden Gateway
In this session, we solicit short presentations on radiation belt modeling and its quantitative assessment, as well as physical processes potentially important in radiation belt modeling (such as various magnetospheric waves, seed electron population, plasma density, magnetic field configuration etc.).
  • Session 2: 'RB dropout' and 'RB buildup' Challenge
Time: 13:50-15:20 PM, Sunday, December 13, 2015
Location: Gold Rush A Room, Holiday Inn Golden Gateway
This session will focus on the four "challenge" events that have been selected by the community:
1. Stormtime Enhancement: 2013-03-17/00 UT to 2013-03-19/00 UT
2. Stormtime Dropout: 2013-05-31/00 UT to 2013-06-03/00 UT
3. Non-storm Enhancement: 2013-09-19/00 UT to 2013-09-21/00 UT
4. Non-storm Dropout: 2013-09-23/00 UT to 2013-09-26/00 UT
We encourage presentations on the radiation belt modeling results of these events as well as studies providing the required inputs for modeling the radiation belt dynamics during these events (e.g., various magnetospheric waves, plasmapause and density models, electron PSD data).

If you'd like to speak in our sessions, please send your talk title and the session number to Weichao Tu (wetu@mail.wvu.edu) by Dec 9th 2015. We also encourage you to attend and participate in the discussions. Hope you will join us!

Weichao Tu, Wen Li, Jay Albert, and Steve Morley

2015 GEM Summer Workshop Agenda

The 2015 GEM session aganda for the “Quantitative Assessment of Radiation Belt Modeling” FG is posted at: http://www-ssc.igpp.ucla.edu/gemwiki/images/7/73/GEM_QARBM_talk_schedule_2015_v07.pdf

We hope to have time at the end of each session for open discussions and please join us for the interesting talks and exciting discussions!

2015 GEM Announcement

We would like to solicit short presentations relevant to the following five sessions, including four independent sessions and one joint session with the “Inner Magnetosphere Cross-Energy/Population Interactions” FG.

  • Session 1 (Mon, 01:30-03:00 PM): "Radiation Belt (RB) observations and modeling results".
We solicit short presentations discussing the models for the acceleration, transport, and loss of radiation belt particles.
  • Session 2 (Mon, 03:30-05:00 PM): "Various magnetospheric wave characteristics and their global distribution required in RB modeling".
We solicit short presentations focusing on characterizing various wave properties that are required as inputs to RB models, including ULF waves, chorus and hiss, EMIC waves, magnetosonic waves, etc., and their effects on RB particles.
  • Session 3 (Tue, 10:30-12:15 PM): "Seed populations, plasma density, and magnetic field configuration required in RB modeling".
We solicit short presentations specifying other required inputs for driving RB simulations, which include seed particle populations, plasma density, magnetic field configuration, last closed drift shell, etc.
  • Session 4 (Tue, 01:30-03:00 PM): "RB "dropout" and "buildup" challenges and Planning for future activities".
We have sent out a survey to the RB community regarding the selection of interesting RB “dropout” and “buildup” events and we will discuss the survey results. You are also welcome to propose potentially interesting events relevant to our “dropout” and “buildup” challenges. At last, we will wrap up and plan for future FG activities.
  • Session 5 (Tue, 03:30-05:00 PM): "Joint session with “Inner Magnetosphere Cross-Energy/Population Interactions” FG".
Since the two FGs have common interest in understanding how plasma waves are generated and how much they influence the radiation belt dynamics, we call for short presentations that address the coupled effects between important plasma waves in the inner magnetosphere and the changes in the energetic particle dynamics.

If you would like to present in any of these sessions, please send your talk title and the relevant session number to Weichao Tu (tuweichao@gmail.com) by June 7th, 2015. Thank you very much in advance for your contributions!

Weichao Tu, Wen Li, Jay Albert, and Steve Morley

2015 GEM 'RB dropout' and 'RB buildup' Challenge Event Candidates

The event candidates for the 'RB dropout' and 'RB buildup' Challenges are posted at: http://www-ssc.igpp.ucla.edu/gemwiki/images/5/5d/GEMfocusgroupevents_%281%29.pdf

More details about each event (RB responses, solar wind and geomagnetic activities) are posted at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6QF3b-3CPmsMmtNbjFzMlFINXM/view?usp=sharing

Please send your feedback to Weichao Tu (tuweichao@gmail.com).

2014 Mini-GEM Session

Time: 02:20-04:10 PM, Sunday, December 14, 2014

Location: Franciscan II Room, Westin San Francisco Market Street

Schedule:

Part 1 (2:20 – 3:40pm): 14 contributed talks (5 min each):

  • 1. Lauren Blum -- Rapid MeV electron precipitation and storm-time radiation belt dynamics
  • 2. Drew Turner -- Understanding energetic electron injections at L <= 4 using multipoint observations
  • 3. Joachim Birn -- Ion and electron source populations
  • 4. Ganjushkina, Natalia -- Modeling of low energy electrons in the inner magnetosphere
  • 5. Adam Kellerman -- Quantitative analysis of magnetic field models by comparing with THEMIS, GOES, RBSP field data
  • 6. Xin Tao -- An efficient and positivity-preserving method for modeling radiation belt diffusion processes
  • 7. Anthony Chan -- Results from modeling drift-shell splitting effects in a fully-3D diffusion code
  • 8. Scot Elkington -- K2: Global simulations of the October 2, 2013 RBSP storm
  • 9. Wen Li -- Characteristics of plasmaspheric hiss wave spectrum and their effects on energetic electron dynamics
  • 10. Danny Summers -- Observation of plasmaspheric hiss emissions
  • 11. Yoshi Omura -- Nonlinear wave growth theory for discrete hiss emissions in the plasmasphere
  • 12. O.V. Agapitov -- Non-linear electric field spikes in the outer radiation belt and their role in particle dynamics
  • 13. J.F. Drake -- Development of a bursty precipitation front with intense localized parallel electric fields driven by oblique whistler waves in the Earth’s outer radiation belts
  • 14. Justin H. Lee -- Application of ion composition methods to investigate observations, modeling, and effects of EMIC waves

Part 2 (3:40 – 4:10pm): Planning for the “RB dropout” and “RB buildup” Challenges

2014 GEM Session Schedule

The 2014 session schedule for the “Quantitative Assessment of Radiation Belt Modeling” FG is posted at: http://aten.igpp.ucla.edu/gemwiki/images/1/1b/2014_session_schedule_posted.pdf

We will have time at the end of each session for open discussions. Please join us for the interesting talks and exciting discussions!

2014 GEM Announcement

At this year's GEM Summer Workshop we will start a new Focus Group on "Quantitative Assessment of Radiation Belt Modeling". The goals of our FG are to bring together the current state-of-art models for the acceleration, transport, and loss processes in radiation belts, develop event-specific and global wave, plasma, and magnetic field models to drive these radiation belt models, and combine all these components to achieve a quantitative assessment of radiation belt modeling by validating against contemporary radiation belt measurements.

Five sessions have been planned for the upcoming GEM workshop:

  • Session 1 (Tue, 10:30-12:15 PM): "Joint Session with Radiation Belts & Wave Modeling focus group".
In this joint session, the RBWM FG (finishing this year) will wrap up their accomplishments in the past 5 years and then set up the stage for our introduction of the new FG of Quantitative Assessment of Radiation Belt Modeling. We will discuss the remaining open questions in RB modeling and connect them to our FG goals and challenges.
  • Session 2 (Tue, 01:30-03:00 PM): "Review existing RB models and discuss where we are and what are needed".
In this session, we solicit short presentations discussing the existing models for the acceleration, transport, and loss of radiation belt particles. In general, we welcome talks that not only showcase their results, but also include discussions like: "Mechanism ____ is evidently necessary, though not sufficient since ___." We will discuss questions such as: what are "standard" RB codes not doing well enough? vs. What are we not doing at all but probably should be?
  • Session 3 (Tue, 03:30-05:00 PM): "Various magnetospheric wave characteristics and their global distribution required in RB modeling".
In this session, we solicit short presentations focusing on characterizing various wave properties that are required as inputs to RB models. The topics will cover ULF waves, chorus and hiss, EMIC waves, magnetosonic waves, etc., and their effects on RB particles. We will review the available wave models and discuss what are still missing for RB modeling.
  • Session 4 (Wed, 10:30-12:15 PM): "Seed populations, plasma density, and magnetic field configuration required in RB modeling".
In this session, we solicit short presentations specifying other required inputs for driving RB simulations, which include particle seed populations, plasma density, magnetic field configuration, last closed drift shell, etc. Again, we will review what are currently available and discuss what are still missing.
  • Session 5 (Wed, 01:30-03:00 PM): "Wrap-up discussion and plan for future FG activities".
In this final session, we will wrap up this year’s FG with more big-picture discussions, and plan for future FG activities for mini-GEM and next year. One important future activity is the 'RB dropout' and 'RB buildup' Challenges. Here we solicit short presentations proposing interesting dropout/buildup events for our future challenges.

If you would like to present in any of these sessions, please send your talk title and the relevant session number to Weichao Tu (wtu@lanl.gov) by June 6, 2014. We will review the talks and announce the detailed session agenda before the meeting. Participation in discussions and brief walk-in talks are always welcomed.

Thank you in advance for your contributions!

Weichao Tu, Jay Albert, Wen Li, and Steve Morley

Focus Group Proposal

Quantitative Assessment of Radiation Belt Modeling (December 2013)

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