Minutes of the IJW Atmospheres meeting at the 2000 DPS meeting
24 October 2000, Pasadena, CA


Carrie Anderson-Munford, carrande@nmsu.edu Reta Beebe, rbeebe@nmsu.edu Nancy Chanover, nchanove@nmsu.edu Joe Harrington, jh@oobleck.tn.cornell.edu Lyle Huber, lhuber@nmsu.edu Ricardo Hueso, wuahualr@bi.ehu.es Donald Jenning, Donald.E.Jennings.1@gsfc.nasa.gov Glenn Orton, go@orton.jpl.nasa.gov Pedro Sada, psada@ix.netcom.com Agustin Sanchez-Lavega, wupsalaa@bi.ehu.es Takehiko Satoh, tsatoh@rs.noda.sut.ac.jp Amy Simon-Miller, simon@rain.tn.cornell.edu Takafumi Temma, temma@nmsu.edu Alan Tokunaga, tokunaga@galileo.ifa.hawaii.edu Mark Vincent, mvincent@nmsu.edu Padma Yanamandra-Fisher, padma@durga.jpl.nasa.gov Did not have the full names, or misspelled... Marian Galanda Two or three names were not recorded. Topics Discussed:

Reta Beebe , Atmospheres Discipline Chair, started the meeting stating that its primary emphasis would be the Cassini Jupiter flyby.

A discussion of the Galileo and Cassini timelines was led by Amy Simon-Miller. The Galileo and Cassini observations schedules are posted at IJW Atmospheres Observing Schedule. The best spatial resolution for the Imaging Science System will be 60 km. Cassini will be observing Jupiter almost continuously, except to download data once a day.

There is a request for ground-based imaging of Jupiter in support of the Cassini lightning monitoring observations that occur just after closest approach. These observations will allow the identification of the cloud features that generate lightning. Please contact Amy Simon- Miller, simon@rain.tn.cornell.edu, for further details. Amateur astronomers can provide their data to the IJW Atmospheres Discipline for further distribution.

Funding (as usual) is of great concern. Currently no funding exists for reduction and analysis of the Cassini flyby data. Archiving of the Cassini flyby data is not planned until one year after the Saturn orbital insertion, or 2005.

Glenn Orton has time on IRTF to support the CIRS (Composite Infrared Spectrometer) North-South scan with half-nights on 4 & 5 October and 29 & 30 December. Glenn is also planning on providing near-realtime reduced images from the IRTF Galileo Monitoring Program. These images should be posted at IJW Current Images sometime in the near future.

Drake Deming and Joe Harrington have 6 nights on the IRTF to provide ground-based support for the long-wavelength channel of CIRS. They will be using MIRLIN on the telescope on Dec 13, 14, 19, 20, and Jan 3, 4. These times are co-incident with or near the CIRS mapping sequences. The main program goal is to study planetary waves.

Nancy Chanover has 2 half-nights at the Apache Point Observatory 3.5 m for NIR imaging of Jupiter using GRIM. The dates are 30 & 31 December.

Agustin Sanchez-Lavega, would like observations of the interactions of white oval BA with other features. A series of HST images of the White Ovals has been posted at the IJW Current Images website. Please contact Sanchez, wupsalaa@bi.ehu.es, if you have good images of the interactions.

Future observations are listed at IJW Atmospheres Observing Schedule.

Joe Harrington finished the meeting with a discussion about a replacement for now outdated Arizona Press Jupiter book by Gehrels. He stated that the book(s) should represent "the wisdom of the community, not individual results." The suggestion was made that three smaller books covering the atmosphere, magnetosphere and satellites would be more popular, and affordable to students than one large, expensive book.

Please check the IJW Atmospheres Discipline website for further details.

If you are planning observations of Jupiter, or have updates to this or any other IJW Atmosphers Discipline page, please contact Mark Vincent, ijw@nsmu.edu. IJW welcomes your input.

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