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Open Access ISSI Scientific Report Volume 17


Ionospheric Multi-Spacecraft Analysis Tools >>

Approaches for Deriving Ionospheric Parameters

edited by

M.W. Dunlop and H. Lühr

This ISSI Scientific Report provides a comprehensive toolbox of analysis techniques for ionospheric multi-satellite missions. The immediate need for this volume was motivated by the ongoing ESA Swarm satellite mission, but the tools that are described are general and can be used for any future ionospheric multi-satellite mission with comparable instrumentation.


Pro ISSI Talk with Anny Cazenave (recorded on October 30, 2019)

Abstract:  It is now well established that the Earth‘s climate is warming and that the main reason is the accumulation inside the atmosphere of green house gases produced by anthropogenic fossil fuel combustion and change in land use. Global warming has already several visible consequences, in particular increase of the Earth’s mean temperature and of ocean heat content, melting of glaciers, and ice mass loss from the Greenland and Antarctica ice sheets. Ocean warming causes thermal expansion of sea waters, hence sea level rise. Similarly, land ice melt that ultimately reaches the oceans, also causes sea level to rise. 

In this presentation, we summarize the most up-to-date knowledge about climate change and associated impacts on ocean warming, land ice melt and sea level rise. We highlight the contribution of space observations, in particular from satellite altimetry and space gravimetry, to measure ice sheet mass loss and sea level rise. We also discuss the various causes of sea level rise at global and regional scales and show that in terms of global average, we are now able to close the sea level budget. Finally, we discuss the importance of measuring sea level change at the coast, as well as the many complex processes at work in such regions (due to natural phenomena and anthropogenic forcing) that cause important adverse effects and significant vulnerability to coastal populations.


The ISSI Annual Report 2018|2019 is online


Small Satellites for Space Science: A COSPAR Scientific Roadmap

The COSPAR roadmap to advance the frontiers of science through innovation and international collaboration using small satellites is now published open acces in Advances in Space Research. 

Open Access Roadmap >>


Saturn’s moon Mimas, a Snowplough in the Planet’s Rings

The Solar System's second largest planet both in mass and size, Saturn is best known for its rings. These are divided by a wide band, the Cassini Division, whose formation was poorly understood until very recently. Now, researchersfrom the CNRS, the Paris Observatory – PSL and the University of Franche-Comté have shown that Mimas, one of Saturn's moons, acted as a kind of remote snowplough, pushing apart the ice particles that make up the rings.  The findings are the result of two studies supported by the International Space Science Institute and CNES, the French space agency, published simultaneously in June 2019 in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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Announcement Johannes Geiss Fellowship 2019

The International Space Science Institute ISSI is proud to announce Dr. Bruno Leibundgut, European Southern Observatory in Garching, Germany as the 2019 Johannes Geiss Fellow. Dr. Bruno Leibundgut is a highly-recognized, world-renowned scientist who specializes in the Astrophysics of Supernovae. 

The Fellowship is named after Prof. Johannes Geiss, the founder of the institute. ISSI had received more than ten excellent proposals from top level scientists from which the selection committee chose the fifth JGF recipient after thorough evaluation. The selection committee consisted of the Directors and the Chair of the ISSI Science Committee. ISSI is honored by the high interest from the science community in the Johannes Geiss Fellowship and would like to deeply thank all applicants. The call for the JGF 2020 will be issued in due time.

Homepage of Bruno Leibundgut >>


Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure launches New Era of Planetary Collaboration in Europe

ISSI is pleased to announce that it has been selected to be a part of a €9.95 million project to integrate and support planetary science activities across Europe. The Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure (RI) has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 654208 and will run for four years until August 2019. The project is led by the Open University, UK, and has 34 beneficiary institutions from 19 European countries. ISSI is presently the only Swiss institute participating in this project and its funding comes directly from the Swiss Government. Europlanet 2020 RI is addressing key scientific and technological challenges facing modern planetary science by providing open access to state-of-the-art research data, models and facilities across the European Research Area.

Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure Webpage >>

Announcement by ISSI about the Europlanet 2020 RI >>


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