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The plans for the International Coordinated Data Analysis Workshop (CDAW) 8 series of workshops have been announced. This analysis effort will concentrate on problems associated with the dynamics of the magnetospheric tail and their relationship to substorms. Specifically, the program committee has chosen to address three problems of outstanding importance:

  • the near-earth neutral line model and plasmoid formation (initial workshop topic),
  • the more recently introduced plasma sheet boundary layer model, and
  • the loading-unloading and directly driven models of magnetospheric energy flow.