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About VWO

About VWO

The Virtual Wave Observatory (VWO) will provide uniform and robust access to distributed space plasma wave and radiation data, metadata, and services for the waveoriented Heliophysics research community. VWO will extend Heliophysics Virtual Observatories into wave-specific datasets that span most Heliophysics domains: solar wind, interplanetary space, terrestrial magnetosphere and ionosphere, and planetary magnetospheres.

Wave data from several planets

The Virtual Wave Observatory will enable cross-comparison of wave emissions throughout the heliosphere [Kaiser and Weiler, 2000].

With the VWO, researchers and students will be able to search and access Heliophysics wave data without having to separately contact multiple data providers and data centers, although it may still be necessary to obtain guidance on the proper use of data from instrument teams. For the future, the VWO plans to develop the capability to search all wave data (active and passive) by phenomena, in addition to other parameters such as UT, location, magnetospheric activity, etc., and the associated annotation service will provide a powerful educational tool for nonwave specialists and a versatile research tool for wave researchers. This capability and service will benefit the entire Heliophysics research community because of the important plasma diagnostic capabilities of space plasma wave and radiation processes.

Examples of types of wave emissions from the Earth

The VWO will provide researchers with sophisticated query tools tailored to this complex environment to better enable science discovery, as illustrated by the abundance of distinct waves phenomena observed in Earth's magnetosphere [adapted from Shawhan, 1979].

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