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The Solar Dynamics Observatory - a key part of NASAs International Living with a Star (ILWS) programme, will be the first mission to provide full-sun imaging both above and below the Suns surface. This will allow the tracking of magnetic flux from the base of the convection zone, and of its ascent, emergence and evolution in the solar atmosphere. Thus SDO will be the first mission to clarify the physics of the complete chain of fundamental magnetic processes for a star. The instruments include; 1. Helioseismic snd Magnetic Imager (HMI): a high resolution interferometer measuring Doppler velocities, line-of-sight and vector magnetic fields to study the origin of solar variability by observing both below and above the suns surface. 2. Solar Heliospheric Activity Research and Prediction Program (SHARPP) employs two instruments: An Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (WCI). SHARPP will study the solar atmosphere, linking the HMI interior and surface measurements to the overlying corona. UK scientists are Co-Investigators for both of these experiments, thus allowing strong links to the UK Solar Terrestrial Physics community. UK groups are at the forefront of research on the solar interior and atmosphere and will be anabled to exploit data from this key mission. This proposal seeks by deployment of Grid Computing techniques and infrastructure to 1)enable access to data products by the UK community through distributed processing and storage, ii) enhance the functionality of the data pipelines by providing specialist algorithms. The work will be undertaken in collaboration with the US SDO PIs, AstroGrid 2 and Solar System Virtual Observatory (SSVO) projects. Investigators from several other ESA member states e.g. Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, are involved in the SDO instruments. The UK SDO e-Science activity will be closely coordinated with the efforts of these groups. Several of them are also involved in the European Grid of Solar Observations (EGSO) project that is led by MSSL thus allowing us to work closely with this EC-funded activity.

Maturity: Initial Research
Region: UK
Type: Pilot
Grant Value: £500,000.00
Start Date: 01/03/2005
End Date: 08/06/2008
Project Status: funded
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