TitleThe Solar Probe Plus Ground Based Network
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsSchwadron, NA, Bastian, T, Leibacher, J, Gary, D, Pevtsov, A, Velli, M, Burkpile, J, Raouafi, N, Deforest, C
KeywordsSPP White Papers

Executive Summary. The role of the Solar Probe Plus (SPP) Ground-Based Network

(SPP-GBN) is to optimize and enhance the science return of the SPP mission by

providing unique data from the ground. The role of the GBN extends to planning and

coordination, supported by appropriate infrastructure, to ensure that the right kinds of

observations are acquired by the various facilities (see below), at the right times, and that

the data are readily accessible to the community for a variety of uses. The SPP-GBN

addresses science questions that will help interpreting SPP data, but also provide global

context and allow us to understand how SPP observations inform our understanding of

solar phenomena. Specifically, the SPP-GBN science questions are

• How do the corona and inner heliosphere magnetically connect to the Sun?

• How are solar energetic particles accelerated and transported to SPP, Solar Orbiter

(SO), and other space missions?

• What generates wave and turbulence energy on and near the Sun?

These questions can be traced to GBN measurements, data products, and impacts (see

Table 1). This white paper outlines the capabilities of the GBN and the large potential

scientific value for the SPP mission.


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