Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union

U.S. program for the IMS



The United States participation in the International Magnetospheric Study (IMS) 1976–1979 offers major opportunities for quantitative studies of near earth space, and some unique new facilities will be available which could lead us into new ways of doing geophysics and space physics. Some examples of these new approaches, to be discussed in detail later, are arrays of digital magnetometers whose data are transmitted in real time via synchronous satellite to the NOAA Space Environment Laboratory where they will be reduced and made available in real time to any interested users. These data will be forwarded to World Data Center A (WDC-A) for archiving and further dissemination. Similarly, an additional unique feature will be the availability of summary data from each of the major IMS spacecraft; for example, a data pool tape, containing averaged data from the International Sun-Earth Explorer (Isee) spacecraft experiments, will be made available to interested scientists the world over.