The IUGG Electronic Journal
Volume 6 No. 10 (October 1, 2006)
This short, informal newsletter is intended to keep IUGG Member National Committees informed about the activities of the IUGG Associations, and actions of the IUGG Secretariat. Past issues are posted on the IUGG Web site. Please forward this message to those who will benefit from the information. Your comments are welcome.
As announced in the February 2006 E-Journal, all Adhering Bodies of IUGG Member Countries, through their National Committees, may submit proposals for modifications to the IUGG Statutes and By-laws. The Committee appointed to accept and coordinate the proposed changes includes the following members:
Chair: Dr. David Kerridge (U.K.)
Proposals must reach the Secretary General by 1 January 2007 so that they can be included in the Agenda Book for the Council Meetings. To permit the Committee to prepare a summary of the proposed changes and their consequences, please send proposals before 1 November 2006 to Dr. Kerridge at the following addresses:
Corrections and updates to the information contained in the IUGG Yearbook are now being finalized in preparation for the 2007 Yearbook. Please contact the IUGG Secretariat as soon as possible or by November 1 [ firstname.lastname@example.org ] with additions and corrections.
The Perugia Local Organizing Committee is dedicated to a number of tasks including the following:
Furthermore, the LOC is promoting parallel initiatives to find sponsors for travel assistance grants within Italian cities. Please visit the website for the most recent information: www.iugg2007perugia.it.
Information contributed by Arnaldo Pierleoni, Perugia LOC
The Electronic Geophysical Year [ eGY, www.egy.org ] will begin on July 1, 2007, fifty years after the beginning of the IGY. Opening ceremonies will be held in Perugia, Italy, in conjunction with the IUGG General Assembly.
eGY is an internationally-recognized resolve by the science community to achieve a step increase in making past, present, and future geoscientific data readily, rapidly, conveniently, and openly available. eGY provides the international framework and a target for stimulating and coordinating activities to make this happen. eGY focuses on themes of electronic data location and access, permission and release of data, conversion of data into modern digital form, data preservation, capacity building, particularly in developing countries, and outreach. Promoting the development of a network of virtual observatories is a central feature of eGY.
eGY is an ICSU-endorsed initiative of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), driven by the International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA), under the chairmanship of Dan Baker (LASP). The next general meeting of eGY Participants will be March 13-14, 2007 in Boulder, Colorado. Sign up for the eGY Newsletter at www.egy.org/maillist.php to receive information about this meeting.
The opening ceremony for the 2007 – 2009 International Heliophysical Year [ www.ihy2007.org ] will be held 19 February 2007 in Vienna, Austria, during the second week of the annual meeting of the UNOOSA Science and Technology Sub Committee
The ISPRE is a joint development of the International Council of Science (ICSU), the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS), and the Renewable Energy Policy Network. Two IUGG scientists have been selected for this Panel, serving from 2006-2008. They are Andrew Blakers, of the Australian National University in Canberra, and Arni Snorrason, of the Iceland Hydrological Service in Reykjavik. The ISPRE will provide strategic guidance for renewable energy Research & Development efforts worldwide. The Panel’s focus will extend from basic scientific research to issues of technology development, demonstration, and deployment.
IASPEI and IAGA have reported the recent deaths of valued colleagues.
Joergen Hjelme, State Seismologist of Denmark, died on 4 March 2006 at the age of 77. He was a pioneer in the establishment of the World Wide (WWSSN) network of 100 identical seismograph stations, and was the Danish representative in the Group of Scientific Experts (GSE) for technical nuclear test ban monitoring from the beginning to 1995. He was a member of the IASPEI commission on practice for many years and served as chairman of the working group on magnitude. He was the Danish representative to IASPEI for very many years and was dedicated to promoting cooperation between seismologists in the Nordic countries.
Toyohisa Kamei, assistant professor of Kyoto University, Japan, died on 3 September 2006, at the age of 58. He joined the World Data Center for Geomagnetism in 1979 (operated by Data Analysis Center for Geomagnetism and Space Magnetism, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University) and worked on the derivation of AE and Dst indices. For this contribution, IAGA had decided to award him the IAGA Long Service Medal at the IUGG General Assembly in Perugia, and he was so informed of this honor before his death.
A calendar of meetings of interest to IUGG disciplines (especially those organized or sponsored by IUGG Associations) is posted on the IUGG Web Site [ www.iugg.org ]. Specific information about these meetings, including web links, can be found there. Individual Associations also list more meetings on their web sites appropriate to their disciplines.
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