I felt it important to remind all of us the unique history of Earth Changes Media. We have been around since 1995 beginning with Earth Changes TV, which was a 30-minute “live” broadcast that aired once per week out of Seattle, Washington – then copied and sent out to 15 other states and 2 countries. Then in September 2003, we switched to our radio internet format, which broadcasted “live” twice each week for one hour.
I bring this up to remind our audience, really to remind myself, of the quality and accuracy brought forth in the interviews presented by the highest ranking scientists in their varying fields such as astrophysicist, paleologist, geologist, cosmologist, seismologist, volcanologist, ancient text historians, anthropologist, archaeologist and the list goes on.
Many of those I interviewed in the 90’s and early 2000’s often put themselves out on a limb when discussing such matters they discovered as part of their own (or team) research. Their inhibited ability to discuss yet to be disclosed scientific discoveries “on-air” restricted their capacity to flow freely with their true passion and excitement of what they learned.
However, it did not restrict me and I would share with you as much as I felt fair to retain their trust and maintain the oath of do-no-harm. It was because of this shared passion that I possessed in measure with my distinguished guests that created a unique bond. As a result, I was allowed access to walk-the-halls so to speak and gain inside knowledge of fascinating discoveries that is less known to the public, and research that is yet to be disclosed.
With this as a background, it would be, and actually is, impossible not to share with you what I have learned. I have been doing this for now 20 years as of April 2015. What has been most rewarding, is watching what is described in news releases as “new discoveries” which match my personal research that has been well documented in my newsletters and two published books. Before I go into current affirmations of my 10 to 15 year old data, I wish to present a brief reflection to the quality and depth of my guests all of whom bestowed superior understanding upon us of our fast changing world.
Note: Each of these brief descriptions below is associated with a one hour audio recorded “live” and I will make them available in my next newsletter.
Bill Steele – Seismology Lab Coordinator for the Pacific Northwest Seismograph Network (PNSN) at the University of Washington Department of Earth and Space Sciences. Mr. Steele directs the educational outreach program for the network, and serves as Public Information Officer (PIO) for both the PNSN and for many USGS earthquake-related research activities in the Pacific Northwest. Directing the expansion of the PNSN outreach program, he has worked extensively with private and public sector organizations to better address their information needs and to build coalitions to meet mutual concerns. PNSN Website: http://pnsn.org/
Dr. Pål Brekke: Deputy SOHO Project Scientist, ESA Space Science Department. Much of Dr. Brekke’s work focuses on dynamical aspects of the solar atmosphere and measuring variations of solar UV radiation. Since the launch in December 1995, he has been part of the science operation team at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He joined the European Space Agency (ESA) in January 1999 as the SOHO Deputy Project Scientist stationed at NASA/GSFC.
Dr. Dave Tholen: Astronomer, University of Hawaii. We will discuss NASA’s “Deep Impact” project and possible unintended consequences. Dr. Tholen states: “Recently, I have started tackling the difficult problem of finding asteroids with orbits whose aphelion (greatest distance from the Sun) coincides with the Earth’s orbit. Such objects could impact the Earth, but they would never be found by the other near-Earth object search efforts, which examine near-Earth space at distances greater than the Earth’s distance from the Sun.” Website: http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/faculty/tholen/
Dr. Ronald van der Linden: Director of Solar Physics Department of the Royal Observatory of Belgium. Dr. van der Linden research focuses on the permanent monitoring and the characterization of the solar activity in the optical, radio and far UV and also on the study of the solar cycle. His research also highlights the heating and acceleration of the solar wind, the acceleration of energetic particles, and the formation and propagation of transients like CMEs and induced shocks from their birth in the solar corona up to their arrival at the Earth’s magnetosphere.
Dr. Stefaan Poedts: Lead Scientist Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Center for Plasma Astrophysics. The CPA mission comprises the study of waves, instabilities, flows, shocks, heating, and acceleration of magnetic plasmas in the Sun (atmosphere, wind, …), other stars, galactic disks, accretion disks, magnetospheres, and thermonuclear fusion machines. His research is situated in the field of computational and nonlinear Magnetohydrodynamics with applications in ‘solar astrophysics’. He is particularly interested in MHD wave dynamics (generation, propagation, and dissipation) of coronal loops, coronal holes, galactic and extra-galactic jets, and galactic and accretion disks and in the nonlinear dynamics of Coronal Mass Ejections and super-fast magnetized flows around comets, moons, and planets and the MHD shock interactions in such flows (related to space weather).
Carey Lisse – Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, has been active in the fields of astronomy and physics since 1985, where he began as an instrument scientist at NASA/Goddard on the Nobel prize winning COBE project. He later moved over to planetary studies, writing his dissertation on comets detected in the COBE all sky survey. Since then he has focused primarily on comets, making important discoveries in X-ray emission from comets, and working on the NASA Deep Impact mission from start to finish including using the Spitzer Space Telescope to observe dust excavated from Comet 9P/Tempel 1 by the DI Impactor. He also studies asteroids and x-ray emission from planets and comets, and searches for the presence of asteroids and comets around other starts. Website: http://bit.ly/1NpNnHY
Dr. Charlie Jui – University of Utah professor of physics and astronomy, is part of a team which studies the highest energy of charged particles known as galactic cosmic rays. He is at the leading edge of new discoveries regarding the power, source and outcome of perhaps a cyclical gathering and release of such particles, which create beam-like jets known as blazers, which generates the form of a funnel producing a narrow swirling band of highly charged particles, which at times seems to take aim at our solar system. Dr. Jui is involved with a new study identifying a hotspot in the northern sky for ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays has been accepted for publication in scientific Astrophysical Journal Letters.
Larry Combs – senior space weather forecaster at the NOAA Space Environment Center in Boulder, Colo. The SEC is the nation’s first defense against the effects of solar weather and the official source of space weather alerts and warnings. “It can be difficult for people to believe that space weather can affect life on earth, but in fact it can have a tremendous impact on life here on Earth.
Dr. Larry Paxton – is currently leading a new initiative at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory to examine the impacts of climate and climate change on the security of nations as well as the impacts of space weather on civilian and military capabilities and national infrastructure. Dr. Paxton is currently leading the Geospace and Earth Sciences Group at the Applied Physics Laboratory of The Johns Hopkins University. This group of 35 researchers spans activities from the ocean to near-Earth space.
Lucy McFadden – Chief investigator of the surface composition of the solar system’s small bodies (asteroids, comets, and meteorites) as well as natural satellites such as the moons of Earth and Jupiter. She is a Co-Investigator (Co-I) on NASA’s Dawn mission to the asteroid 4 Vesta and the dwarf planet Ceres. She was also co-I on Deep Impact and its extended mission EPOXI (Deep Impact Extended Investigation), which successfully encountered comets Tempel 1 and Hartley 2. Prior to that, McFadden was a member of the science team for the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous mission, which orbited the Earth-approaching asteroid named 433 Eros, and landed a spacecraft on the asteroid in 2001.
Mausumi Dikpati – I am currently a Scientist III in the High Altitude Observatory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research. My primary research interest is understanding the solar cycle, namely modeling a flux transport dynamo for the Sun and simulating the cyclic features. I am the first to develop a flux transport dynamo based predictive tool which has been applied to predict cycle 24 properties — the delayed onset, a strong cycle 24. The delayed onset of cycle 24 has been verified; however, we are waiting to see the peak amplitude of cycle 24 in about 3 years. Recently I have been developing a sequential data assimilation technique, a technique that is being used over the past 40 years in the atmospheric and oceanic prediction models. My goal is to simultaneously forecast timing, amplitude and shape of a solar cycle. Website: http://bit.ly/1Nq8E46