Published: 30. May 2016 by: Kolbjørn Blix

The Grand Challenge Initiative Cusp Project

The Grand Challenge Initiativ

The Grand Challenge Initiative

 The Grand Challenge Initiative (GCI) is a large-scale international collaboration effort targeting advancement in specific, fundamental issues in space and earth science. The GCI concept was conceived and developed over the past two years by the Andoya Space Center (ASC) and the University of Oslo.  Their work has culminated in the first GCI project – “GCI Cusp” – to determine the multi-scale physics of heating and charged particle precipitation in the ionosphere specific to the geomagnetic cusp region.

The GCI Cusp Project is designed to advance the common understanding of cusp region space physics through coordinated experimental and theoretical research using ground based instruments, modeling, sounding rocket investigations, and satellite based instruments. International student participation through space plasma model development and a dedicated student rocket (G-CHASER) is an essential aspect of the GCI concept. Strategic use of public outreach, particularly via the tools of social media, is also a vital component of the GCI Cusp Project.

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