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"Monitoring, Analyzing and Assessing Radiation Belt Loss and Energization"

Objective

"The MAARBLE (Monitoring, Analyzing and Assessing Radiation Belt Loss and Energization) project has two focussed and synergistic aims: to advance scientific research on radiation belt dynamics; and to enhance data exploitation of European space missions through combined use of European and US spacecraft measurements and ground-based observations.
MAARBLE employs multi-spacecraft monitoring of the geospace environment, complemented by ground-based monitoring, in order to analyze and assess the physical mechanisms leading to radiation belt particle energization and loss. Particular attention is paid to the role of ULF/VLF waves. A database containing properties of the waves will be created and made available to the scientific community. Based on the wave database, a statistical model of the wave activity dependent on the level of geomagnetic activity, solar wind forcing, and magnetospheric region will be developed.
Multi-spacecraft particle measurements will be Incorporated into data assimilation tools, leading to new understanding of the causal relationships between ULF/VLF waves and radiation belt dynamics. Data assimilation techniques have been proven as a valuable tool in the field of radiation belts, able to guide 'the best' estimate of the state of a complex system.
It should also be stressed that radiation belt dynamics has direct impacts on spacecraft and on humans in space. Most satellites operate in regions where they can be exposed to intense fluxes of extremely energetic radiation belt particles. In addition, the orbit of the International Space Station is such that the exposure of astronauts to relativistic radiation belt electrons is a serious concern. Consequently, understanding the radiation belt environment has important practical applications in the areas of spacecraft operations, spacecraft-system design, mission planning and astronaut safety. Therefore MAARBLE will bear results beneficial to both robotic space exploration and manned spaceflight."

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2011-1
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Coordinator

ETHNIKO ASTEROSKOPEIO ATHINON
Address
Lofos Nymfon
11810 Athina
Greece
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 598 242
Administrative Contact
Ioannis Daglis (Dr.)

Participants (6)

OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES
France
EU contribution
€ 268 990
Address
Chemin De La Huniere
91120 Palaiseau
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sébastien Alexandre Bourdarie (Dr.)
INSTITUTET FOR RYMDFYSIK
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 372 160
Address
Po Box 812
98128 Kiruna
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Lars Eliasson (Dr.)
USTAV FYZIKY ATMOSFERY AV CR, v.v.i.
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 252 163,50
Address
Bocni Ii 1401
141 31 Praha 4
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ondrej Santolik (Dr.)
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 226 357,97
Address
Polaris House, North Star Avenue
SN2 1EU Swindon Wiltshire
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Richard Bertram Horne (Prof.)
THE GOVERNORS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA
Canada
EU contribution
€ 256 879,43
Address
1-560 Enterprise Square 10230 Jasper Avenue Research Services Office
T5J 4P6 Edmonton Alberta
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ian Mann (Prof.)
THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
United States
EU contribution
€ 20 250
Address
Franklin Street 1111, 12 Floor
94607 Oakland Ca
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Drew Turner (Dr.)