Chapman Conference on
The Low-Latitude Boundary Layer and Its
Dynamic Interaction with the Solar Wind and Magnetosphere

April 16-20, 2001, New Orleans, LA

General Description
Preliminary Program
Program Committee
Abstract Submission Information
Travel Funds
Additional Information
     Travel and Hotel Information
     LLBL Conference Website
     New Orleans City Website

Patrick T. Newell, The Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD
   E-mail:; Phone: +1-240-228-8402;
Michael Lockwood, The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Chilton, Didcot, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, 
   E-mail:; Phone: +44 1235 446496
Walter J. Heikkila, William B. Hanson Center for Space Sciences University of Texas, Dallas Richardson, Texas 
   E-mail:; Phone: +1-214-690-2835 

General Description
The most complex, controversial, and least understood site of magnetosphere-solar wind interaction is the low-latitude boundary layer (LLBL). The LLBL is the region where the solar wind and magnetospheric plasma mix in a highly variabale and poorly understood manner. The high latitude boundary layer, is widely considered to be comparatively tractable, understood as a rotational discontinuity which forms when the interplanetary magnetic field merges with the Earth's geomagnetic field. The mantle exhibits well-ordered behavior which can be modeled by analytic MHD theory with reasonable observational success. By contrast the LLBL exhibits complex and highly structured plasma and magnetic field behavior. There are many competing explanations for how this dynamic region of solar wind and magnetospheric plasma mixing is formed, but the space physics community is far from a consensus. The conference will provide an opportunity to express the views of the community. 

Preliminary Program

  Program Committee
T. E. Eastman, Plasmas International
M. Fujimoto, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan
S. A. Fuselier, Lockheed-Martin Advanced Technology Center, Palo Alto, California
G. Haerendel, Max-Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Munich, Germany
R. Lundin, Swedish Space Physics Institute, Kiruna, Sweden
P. E. Sandholt, University of Olso, Oslo, Norway
D. G. Sibeck, The Johns Hopkins Univeristy, Applied Physics Lab, Laurel, Maryland
G. L. Siscoe, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
O. Troshichev, University of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Russia

Abstract Submission Information

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Remote Sensing of Alpine Snow Properties: A
Review of Techniques and Accomplishments
Using the Visible Wavelengths Through the

[*J S Smith*] (Department of Geology, University
of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3060; ph.
805-893-2308; fax 805-893-2578; e-mail:; A C Cohen (Hydrology
Department, Watertown University, Watertown,
MA 02172; ph. 413-789-1234; fax 413-789-1256;

Topography causes wide variations in the
properties of alpine snow within small areas, and
a knowledge of the spatial variation of many
properties is essential for the application of
distributed hydrologic models and for establishing
the surface boundary condition for regional
climate models. However, the topography affects
the electromagnetic remote sensing signal by
shadowing some terrain and by modifying the
angles of incidence, emission, and reflection of
the signal, and our knowledge of the elevation
model is usually not precise enough to allow
a priori calculation of the geometric relationships
between the surface, sensor, and the Sun. Hence
remote sensing algorithms must be robust to such
uncertainties, except in areas where topographic
knowledge is especially good.

The most elementary snow property is the
presence or absence of a snow cover, and snow
mapping -- discrimination of snow from other
types of surfaces and from clouds -- is best
accomplished with a combination of visible and
near-infrared wavelengths.

1. Chapman Conference on The Low-Latitude Boundary Layer and Its Dynamic Interaction with the Solar Wind and Magnetosphere
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Department of Geology
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                                        Chapman Conference on The Low-Latitude Boundary Layer and
                                        Its Dynamic Interaction with the Solar Wind and Magnetosphere
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Travel Funds
Applications will be made to several agencies to support travel for a limited number of meeting attendees.

To apply for travel funds, please print and complete the application form(no longer available), and return it to the AGU Meetings Department by January 15, 2001.

Additional Information
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Travel and Hotel Information

Hotel Accommodations - Deadline March 12, 2001

Sleeping rooms have been reserved at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel , at the special rate of $149 single or double occupancy, plus taxes. To reserve a room, call 504-584-3999 or 1-800-HILTONS. If using the web, you will need the 3 letter group code for this meeting --- ACC --- to receive the special AGU rates.

The hotel requires the first nightís deposit to secure each reservation. Deposits can be made with major credit cards or personal checks. Credit cards will be charged when the reservation is made. Reservations which are cancelled prior to 72 hours of the arrival will receive a refund of the deposit.

Airline Discounts Information

AGU is pleased to announce that it has been able to secure a special discount agreements with Delta, US Airways and United Airlines unavailable to the general public.