International Workshop on Seismo-Electromagnetic Observation Satellite

Main Conference Hall on the 2nd floor of the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, JAXA
JAXA Sagamihara Campus, Japan
February 29, 2008


A number of reports have been produced on the electromagnetic phenomena associated with earthquakes, such as ULF/ELF/VLF emissions, air glow increase, changes of electron density and temperature in the ionosphere and charged particle precipitation. The number of reports on TEC changes with seismicity have also increased rapidly in the recent years.
It is still uncertain, however, that how the earthquakes influence the ionosphere and by what mechanism. Therefore, it is also true that researchers skeptic or a negative on these new developments still exist.
One of the large factors obstructing the earthquake precursor research by the conventional ground based observation is the long time needed to accumulate useful data because the occurrence of large earthquakes is limited in space and time.
On the other hand, however, the satellite observation can afford global coverage so that relevant data may be obtained in a short time. In fact, globally, magnitude 7 to 8 class large earthquakes occur about 10 to 20 times every year on the average. It is the main reason why satellite observation is executed and proposed by many countries.

One of the purposes of the workshop is to inform the existence of the effects of earthquakes on the ionosphere to ionospheric scientists. As you may be well aware that only a few ionospheric scientists are pursuing this issue in the world.
Second purpose of the workshop is to discuss the satellite missions, which scientists from several countries are trying to propose. To accelerate the action toward the satellite mission, we should collaborate.
Toward the satellite mission, we would like to discuss the instruments to be onboard, orbit and many other related matters.

* International Workshop on Space and Lithosphere Environment Changes in Asia (IWSLEC2008) will be held on March 1st.


The workshop will be held at the Main Conference Hall on the 2nd floor of ISAS, JAXA Sagamihara Campus, Japan. 3-1-1 Yoshinodai, Sagamihara, Kanagawa 229-8510, Japan. It takes only three hours from Narita International Airport.

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    Participant & Fee

    Participants of the seminar will be scientists and students interested in this field. Persons who are from industry are also welcome. No regisrattion fee is required.


    Financial support and the facility for this workshop are provided by JAXA. This workshop is cosponsored by the Society for Promotion of Space Science, Earthquake Prediction Research Center, Tokai University and EMSEV/IUGG.

    Workshop Secretary

    Tetsuya Kodama, Office of Space Applications, JAXA

    09:40-09:50 Opening Remarks
    Mr. Tetsuya Kodama, Office of Space Applications, JAXA

    09:50-10:20 Introduction Lecture
    New Perspective for Ionosphere Research -A proposal for small satellite mission for earthquake study-
    Prof. Koh-Ichiro Oyama, Institute of Space Science, National Central University

    10:20-11:05 Keynote Address
    History and Perspective of Earthquake Prediction Research
    Prof. Seiya Uyeda, Earthquake Prediction Research Center, Tokai University

    11:05-11:50 Special Lecture
    Review on NASDA Earthquake Remote Sensing Frontier Project
    Prof. Masashi Hayakawa, The University of Electro-Communications
    Current Status of Seiemo-Electromagnetic Observation Satellite of the World and ELMOS mission
    Mr. Tetsuya Kodama, Office of Space Applications, JAXA

    13:20-13:50 Invited Lecture
    Russian Seismo-Electromagnetic Research and the Lithosphere-Atmosphere-Ionosphere Coupling (LAIC) model
    Dr. Sergey Pulinets, Deputy Director, AEROCOSMOS

    13:50-14:20 Invited Lecture
    Seismoionospheric Coupling and Related Plans of Satellite Experiment in Ukraine
    Dr. Valery Korepanov, Lviv Centre of Institute of Space Research, National Space Agency of Ukraine

    14:20-14:50 Invited Lecture
    Electrostatc Turbulence and Post-Seismic Anomalies Observed by Demeter Satellite
    Dr. Tatsuo Onishi, Centre d'Etude des Environnements Terrestre et Planetaires, CNRS
    Coffee Break
    15:00-15:30 Invited Lecture
    Seismo-Electromagnetic Research in China and Chinese Seismo-Electromagnetic Satellite Project
    Dr. Meng Guojie, Institute of Earthquake Science, China Earthquake Administration

    15:30-16:00 Invited Lecture
    Multisensor Approach of Analyzing Atmospheric Signals and Search for Possible Earthquake Precursors
    Dr. Dimitar Ouzounov, Planetary Geodynamics Laboratory, Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA

    16:00-16:30 Invited Lecture
    Ionospheric Earthquake Precursors of GPS TEC
    Prof. Jann-Yenq Liu, Institute of Space Science, National Central University

    16:30-17:00 Invited Lecture
    Reduction of Electron Temperature related to Earthquakes: Hinotori Observation Results
    Dr. Yoshihiro Kakinami, Institute of Space Science, National Central University

    17:00-18:00 Discussion

    18:00 Icebreaker @ Deutsch restaurant "Yama"
    * The program of March 1st will be decided at International Workshop on Space and Lithosphere Environment Changes in Asia (IWSLEC2008)

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