A new era in magnetospheric research

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Abstract

The time has come to study the magnetosphere as a vast three-dimensional object, by integrating single-point “direct” observations of satellites and two-dimensional “remote sensing” observations of ground-based networks. Both a computer simulation method and efficient data collection from a groundbased observatory network are crucial forsuch integration. An experiment is being conducted to assemble ground-based data and display it on a real-time basis at Poker Flat Research Range. Figure 1 shows the Geospace Environmental Data Display System (GEDDS) at Poker Flat Research Range, which will play a vital role in forthcoming international efforts to study the magnetosphere.

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