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Solar and Space Physics: A Science for a Technological Society
Abstract: From the interior of the Sun, to the upper atmosphere and near-space environment of Earth, and outward to a region far beyond Pluto where the Sun's influence wanes, advances during the past decade in space physics and solar physics the disciplines NASA refers to as heliophysics have yielded spectacular insights into the phenomena that affect our home in space. This report, from the National Research Council's (NRC's) Committee for a Decadal Strategy in Solar and Space Physics, is the second NRC decadal survey in heliophysics. Building on the research accomplishments realized over the past decade, the report presents a program of basic and applied research for the period 2013-2022 that will improve scientific understanding of the mechanisms that drive the Sun's activity and the fundamental physical processes underlying near-Earth plasma dynamics, determine the physical interactions of Earth's atmospheric layers in the context of the connected Sun-Earth system, and enhance greatly the capability to provide realistic and specific forecasts of Earth's space environment that will better serve the needs of society. Although the recommended program is directed primarily to NASA (Science Mission Directorate -- Heliophysics Division) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) (Directorate for Geosciences -- Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences) for action, the report also recommends actions by other federal agencies, especially the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) those parts of NOAA charged with the day-to-day (operational) forecast of space weather. In addition to the recommendations included in this summary, related recommendations are presented in the main text of the report.
Publication Date: Jan 01, 2013
Document ID:
20120014461
(Acquired Oct 13, 2012)
Subject Category: SOLAR PHYSICS
ISBN: ISBN 978-0-309-16428-3
Document Type: Book/Monograph
Publisher Information: National Academies Press, Washington, DC, United States
Contract/Grant/Task Num: NNH06CE15B; AGS-1050550
Financial Sponsor: NASA; Washington, DC, United States
National Science Foundation; Washington, DC, United States
Organization Source: National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council; Committee on a Decadal Strategy for Solar and Space Physics (Heliophysics), Space Studies Board; Washington, DC, United States
Description: 467p; In English; Original contains color illustrations
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright
NASA Terms: AEROSPACE ENVIRONMENTS; SOLAR ACTIVITY EFFECTS; SOLAR PHYSICS; SOLAR TERRESTRIAL INTERACTIONS; SPACE PLASMAS; SPACE WEATHER; SUN
Availability Source: Other Sources
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