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The 2002 AGU Fall Meeting, sponsored by the American Geophysical Union, will be held 6 – 10 December 2002 in San Francisco, California, U.S.A. For detailed information, contact: AGU Meetings Department, 2000 Florida Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20009 USA; Phone: +1-202-462-6900; Fax: +1-202-328-0566; E-mail: meetinginfo@agu.org; Web Site: www.agu.org/meetings.

The annual AGU Focus Group on Atmospheric and Space Electricity reception / meeting will be held on Saturday, 7 December from 5:45-7:00 at the Fall Meeting; Moscone Center Rm 125.



The 15th International Zurich Symposium and Technical Exhibition on Electromagnetic Compatibility is planned for February 18-20, 2003 at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETZ) in Zurich, Switzerland. Vlad Rakov has been invited to organize and chair a Special Session on Lightning and Its Effects. Papers for this Special Session may be submitted on the following topics.

  • Properties of the lightning discharge important for EMC
  • Lightning return-stroke models
  • Lightning EMP
  • Coupling of lightning electromagnetic fields to overhead and buried conductors
  • Lightning locating systems
  • Atmospherics
  • Lightning effects in the middle and upper atmosphere
  • Lightning protection
  • Lightning testing standards

Submission deadline was July 1, 2002. Papers were submitted to the:

Technical Program Committee EMC Zurich '03
ETH Zentrum - IKT, ETF
Sternwartstrasse 7
CH-8092 Zurich, Switzerland

Please see the Call for Papers for further information at:


All contributions have been reviewed by the Technical Program Committee. Authors have been notified by September 16, 2002, author's kits being enclosed. Camera-ready manuscript were due by November 25, 2002.



The forthcoming SPECIAL II workshop in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, February 20-23, 2003, is now open for registration. The workshop will start on Thursday, Feb. 20th, 14:00 and will end on Sunday, Feb. 23rd., 13:00.

All contributions which relate to Space Processes and Electrical Changes Influencing Atmospheric Layers (SPECIAL), Space Weather and the Earth's Weather and Climate - Links between Solar Activity, Magnetospheric Variability, Clouds, Thunderstorms and Lightning, are warmly welcome. Particular attention will be given to contributions related to the seven SPECIAL Working Groups:

(1) Thunderstorms, global lightning, and ULF/ELF/VLF radiation associated with climate

(2) Intense tropospheric lightning and mesospheric transient luminous events such as sprites, elves, and blue jets

(3) Solar wind variability associated with tropospheric dynamics

(4) Ionospheric effects on the global atmospheric circuit

(5) Energetic charged particles and cosmic rays, and their relation to cloud morphology, dynamics and microphysics

(6) Electrical microphysics of ions and aerosols and their significance for clouds

(7) Global atmospheric electric circuit and current density variability affecting cloud microphysics

Please register as soon as possible through the ESF webpage at:


The *final* deadline for registration is January 3rd, 2003. A detailed travel description to the venue is available at:


For more detailed information on the SPECIAL mission, please check: http://sgo.fi/SPECIAL .



The 2003 European Geophysical Society – American Geophysical Union – European Union of Geosciences Joint Assembly will be held 7 – 11 April 2003 in Nice, France. It will be sponsored by EGS, AGU, and EUG. Contact: EGS office, Max-Planck-Str. 13, 37191 Katlenburg-Lindau, GERMANY; Phone: +49-5556-1440; Fax: +49-5556-4709; E-mail: egs@copernicus.org; Web Site: www.copernicus.org/EGS. The various deadlines are:

1. Deadline for Support Application: 01 December 2002

2. Deadline for "Early Bird" Registration: 31 December 2002

3. Deadline for Receipt of Abstracts: 15 January 2003

4. Deadline for Pre-Registration: 07 March 2003.

Call for Papers for Session ST22 on "Heliospheric influences on the Earth's weather and climate"

During the forthcoming EGS/AGU/EUG Joint Assembly, in Nice, France,April 6-11, 2003, a SPECIAL session on "Heliospheric influences on the Earth's weather and climate" will be held and calls now for submission of contributions. Event Information:

This session explores the physical mechanisms which causally link space weather and space climate to the Earth's weather and climate by heliospheric variability and aerosols via space processes and electrical changes influencing atmospheric layers. Atmospheric electrodynamic and electromagnetic processes are investigated to determine possible links between solar activity, magnetospheric variability, clouds, thunderstorms, and lightning. Solicited are in particular contributions which deal with the global atmospheric electric circuit and mesospheric sprites.

(1) The first section on the global atmospheric electric circuit deals with ionospheric variability effects on the global circuit, its current density variability affecting cloud microphysics, electrical microphysics of ions and aerosols and their significance for clouds, energetic charged particles and cosmic rays and their relation to cloud microphysics, and solar wind variability associated with tropospheric dynamics.

(2) The second section on mesospheric sprites deals with thunderstorm development and lightning generation, particularly intense lightning discharges, mesospheric transient luminous events such as sprites, elves and blue jets, global lightning activity and its association with surface temperature, water vapour, tropospheric ice, and climate variability.

Convener: Füllekrug, M.; Co-Conveners: Rycroft, M., Ulich, T., Shumilov, O.

Call for Papers for Session AS6.01 on "Microphysics and heterogeneous chemistry of aerosols".

A large number of atmospheric physical and chemical processes involve aerosols. It is therefore the aim of session AS6.01 to provide a forum where recent and exciting advances in our knowledge of tropospheric aerosols can be discussed. We encourage you to present your work on microphysics and heterogeneous chemistry of aerosols in session AS6.01.

Key topics will be introduced by invited speakers: Barbara Finlayson-Pitts (UC Irvine), Scot Martin (Harvard University), Spyros Pandis (Carnegie Mellon University), and Thomas Peter (ETH Zurich).

The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 15 January 2003. For more information and to submit abstracts, please visit the website: http://www.copernicus.org/egsagueug/

Conveners: Thomas Koop and Christian George



As it has been decided by the International Commission on Atmospheric Electricity during the 11th Conference held in Huntsville (Alabama, USA) in 1999, the Versailles (France) in 2003. The period chosen is 9-13 June. The 12th International Conference on Atmospheric Electricity is a unique opportunity to present and discuss the newest results and to assess the most relevant issues on atmospheric electricity and lightning physics. Young scientists are especially encouraged to attend the meeting and present the results of their research.

Most of the topics related to electricity in Atmosphere will be addressed:

  • Storm Electrification
  • Electrical activity and meteorology
  • Lightning physics
  • Lightning Protection
  • Middle atmosphere electrical events (sprites, jets and elves)
  • Global Lightning Observations
  • Fair Weather Electricity and Atmospheric Ions
  • Global Electrical Circuit

Abstracts deadline was October 1st, 2002. Extended abstracts must be received by April 1st, 2003. On acceptation of the abstract, a four page paper, including figures and references, will be included in the conference proceedings.

The overall information on the Conference is available on the website of the International Commission on Atmospheric Electricity : http://www.atmospheric-electricity.org/.



The XXIIIrd General Assembly of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics will be held in Sapporo, Japan, June 30 – July 11, 2003. The scientific program intends to highlight the latest developments in the relevant fast-breaking sciences, as well as reviewing progress in the traditional fields. Amongst the various associations depending from IUGG, IAMAS (International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences) will be present. The ICAE is one of the specialized commissions related to IAMAS. More information is available on the website: http://www.jamstec.go.jp/jamstec-e/iugg/index.html.

Call for papers of lightning session in IUGG GA 2003

Hiroshi Fukunishi, Martin Fuellekrug, and Davis D. Sentman report:

As conveners of the IAGA symposia in the upcoming IUGG XXIII General Assembly, we would like to inform you about the symposium "Lightning-induced Transient Processes in the Middle and Upper Atmosphere and Their Impact on the Earth System." This symposium is currently scheduled for Monday, July 7, 2003. You must submit an abstract by January 30, 2003 at http://www.jamstec.go.jp/jamstec-e/iugg/htm/abstract.htm. We hope to see you at the 2003 IUGG General Assembly in Sapporo.

GAII.04 Lightning-Induced Transient Processes in the Middle and Upper Atmosphere and Their Impact on the Earth System

With the recent unexpected discovery of red sprites, blue jets, ELVES, and other optical lightning after-effects in the middle and upper atmosphere above very active thunderstorms, there has occurred an explosion of research activity to investigate their significance within the context of the larger terrestrial system. Investigators of upper atmospheric and ionospheric effects of lightning are invited to submit abstracts on all aspects of this new discipline, including global distribution and relationship to the global electrical circuit, the underlying meteorology, microphysics and transport dynamics, spectroscopy, electromagnetic signatures, electrochemistry and atmospheric chemistry effects, possible extraterrestrial analogs, and methods and problems of remote sensing. Of special interest are papers devoted these new phenomena associated with Asian thunderstorm systems. Related Session: JSA02

Convener: Hiroshi Fukunishi, Dept. of Geophysics, Graduate School of Science, Tohoku Univ., Aramaki-aoba, Sendai 980-8578, Japan, tel:+81-22-217-6734, fax: +81-22- 217-5775, fuku@pat.geophys.tohoku.ac.jp.


Martin Füllekrug (Univ. Frankfurt/Main, Germany, fuellekr@geophysik.uni-frankfurt.de)

Davis D. Sentman (Univ. of Alaska, USA, dsentman@gi.alaska.edu)



The International Symposium on Lightning Protection (VII SIPDA) will be held on November 17 - 21, 2003 in Curitiba, BRAZIL. Topics covered by the Symposium include:

  1. Lightning Discharges
  2. Protection of Structures
  3. Substation
  4. Transmission Lines
  5. Distribution Lines (Medium and Low Voltage)
  6. Protection of Electronic Systems
  7. Induced Effects
  8. Electromagnetic Compatibility
  9. Grounding
  10. Tests and Standardization
  11. Modeling
  12. Surge Protective Devices
  13. Lightning-Caused Damages

Abstract (up to two pages) should be submitted to sipda@iee.usp.br before January 20, 2003.

For more information visit www.iee.usp.br/sipda.


More information about conferences on websites of AGU (www.agu.org/meetings) and AMS (http://www.ametsoc.org/AMS).

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