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E-CANES - Electromagnetic Coupling of the Atmosphere with Near-Earth Space

contact: Christian HANUISE, LPC2E/CNRS, Orléans, France ()

Given the worlwide activity related to Transient Luminous Events and coupling between the atmosphere, the ionosphere and the magnetosphere, we are establishing a global framework for cooperative research on thunderstorm processes and their effect on the atmosphere.

The first step has been the creation of the European research group (GDRE) dubbed E-CANES (Electromagnetic Coupling of the Atmosphere with the Near-Earth Space). It complements in a synergistic way the former EU Research Training Network ‘Coupling of Atmospheric Layers’ and COST action on ‘The physics of lightning flash and its effects’.

The main objective of E-CANES is to initiate and promote coordination activities towards a global research community on the subject. The first actions include the establishment of an organization for coordinating ground, balloon and aircraft observation campaigns, the creation of a community-wide mailing list and website, and the promotion and coordination of joint activities with other structures – to include new communities and to avoid the duplication of meetings and workshops.

Initial participating institutions to the E-CANES network were:

LPC2E/CNRS, Orléans, France

CEA/DASE, Bruyères-le-Chatel, France

Danish National Space Center, Copenhagen, Denmark

Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy, Brussels, Belgium

Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Institute of Applied Physics, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

Space Research Center, Warsaw, Poland

Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Praha, Czech Republic

Open University of Israel, Ramana, Israel

Furthermore, the following institutions have expressed their interest and are now associated to E-CANES:

STARLAB, Stanford University, USA

Center for Space, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Bath, UK

Department of Geophysics and Planetary sciences, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Department of Physics and Technology, Bergen University, Norway

Institute of Experimental Physics, Kosice, Slovak Republic

Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, Granada, Spain

Department of Aeronomy, GGRI, Sopron, Hungary

Other manifestations of interest are welcome

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