Challenges of studying Earth's magnetosphere discussed



How do you view a high resolution image on a low resolution screen? Web surfers often encounter poorly designed Web pages that require the user to scroll around an on-screen graphic much too large for their computer monitor. Last fall, about 100 scientists met to discuss a similar problem in magnetospheric physics: How do you study the Earth's magnetosphere, with its wide range of spatial and temporal scales, using the poor spatial resolution of todays limited fleet of spacecraft? The answers they came up with were threefold—use imaging to fill in the gaps, use much larger fleets of spacecraft, and use modeling to tie everything together.