The goal of the second LISN workshop is to bring together members of the LISN community from the US and South America to present and discuss new results and ideas and to outline a plan of joint investigations and campaigns.

During the last few years, the LISN community has installed over 40 GPS receivers, 5 magnetometers and one Vertical Incidence Pulsed Ionospheric Radar (VIPIR) ionosonde across the South American continent. This instrumentation has spurred several innovative investigations in aeronomy and space physics. LISN is about to start the installation of the 4 remaining VIPIR ionosondes at locations that are closely aligned with the magnetic meridian that crosses the magnetic equator at 67° West longitude.

The new deployments will certainly increase the capability of the LISN network to achieve a forecasting capability of the equatorial spread F (ESF) phenomena. As the success of the continuous operations of the LISN network hinges on help provided by Professors, scientists and engineers from local Universities in South America, the second LISN workshop has been organized to motivate the new members to learn about the LISN instrumentation and science and to engage them in scientific projects and campaigns. The LISN workshop also aims to establish collaborations between the US and South American members of the LISN community. It is expected that a plan of scientific investigations in Space Weather will be outlined during the workshop.
The workshop will address the following 4 themes :

  1. New instrumentation, their observable quantities and analysis techniques.
  2. Discussions on the physics of the day-to-day variability of the low-latitude ionosphere and the development of a method to predict the initiation of equatorial spread F (ESF).
  3. Talks and workshop discussions on space weather applications and the role of LISN on the development of an augmentation system in South America.
  4. Define new projects and campaigns to be carried out to achieve the scientific and forecasting goals.