Annual Report 2004

Preparations for the Xth Scientific Assembly of IAGA, to be held in Toulouse, France on July 18-28 2005, have occupied a large fraction of the IAGA community in 2004.The International Commission on the Middle Atmosphere (ICMA) of the International Association on Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics (IAMAS) will hold its biennial Assembly in conjunction with the IAGA Scientific Assembly.

The joint scientific programme of IAGA and ICMA contains 61 symposia covering all scientific fields of the two organisations. In addition, there will be four Association Lectures on subjects of general interest to the IAGA community and to the general public.

The IAGA Executive Committee met in July in Paris, in the weekend at the end of the COSPAR week. Among decisions taken the following may be mentioned.

Procedures of IAGA: All procedural information related to IAGA activities, including the Statutes and By-laws, will be included in the "IAGA Officers' Manual" prepared by Ibrahim Eltayeb and the manual will be renamed "Procedures of IAGA".

Temporary head of the Inter-Divisional Commission on History: The EC member Gurbax Lakhina agreed to act as head of the History commission until an election for the position could be held during the assembly in Toulouse in 2005.

IAGA Guides: An IAGA Guide on "Geomagnetic Indices" is expected to be completed in 2005. Several other guides are in an early preparatory phase. The Guide on "Noctilucent Clouds" is out of print. It will not be reprinted but be put on the web site, as will most new guides.

Gifts of scientific books and journals: IAGA is starting a programme to provide gifts of scientific books and journals, unwanted by their owners, to libraries and scientific groups in developing countries. An area of the IAGA web site has been created to provide information about books and journals available for donation and about institutions, groups, and individuals interested in receiving specific types of books and journals. IAGA has set aside USD 5000 per year to cover part of the transport costs.

IAGA finances: The economic situation of IAGA is presently good but IAGA will not be in a position to maintain in the long run the level of support for travel grants to participants in assemblies from developing countries that has been provided hitherto. To maintain some support of this kind in the long term, IAGA needs to use all possibilities to increase its income.

eGY and IGY + 50

The preparatory work for eGY has continued at high intensity during 2004.A planning meeting was held the day before the Executive Committee meeting in Paris and another such meeting took place in conjunction with the IUGG Executive Committee meeting in Boulder in September. The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado has accepted to act as executive centre and Dr. Bill Peterson has been appointed Secretary General of the project. IUGG has given a grant of USD 15000 and IAGA has budgeted USD 10000 for it.

IAGA sponsored projects and meetings

IAGA has sponsored ten meetings in 2004. They are listed in the table below.

Dates Title Location Applicant
12-15 July 2004 2nd IAGA/ICMA Workshop on Vertical Coupling in the Atmosphere/Ionosphere System Bath, UK D. Pancheva
9-17 November 2004 11th IAGA Workshop on Geomagnetic Observatory Instruments Kakioka, Japan K. Yumoto
27 June- 3 July 2004 9th Meeting on Paleo, Rock and Environmental Magnetism Slovakia E. Petrovsky
18-25 July 2004 35th COSPAR Assembly Paris, France Cospar Secretary
3-6 August 2004 3rd SPARC General Assembly Victoria, Canada M.L. Chanin
29 Sept. - 1 Oct. 2004 Ebro Geomagnetic Observatory, 100-year Celebration Workshop Ebro, Spain J.M. Torta
18-23 October 2004 17th Electromagnetic Induction Workshop Hyderabad, India P. Tarits
14-17 September 2004 Layered Phenomena in the Mesosphere Cambridge, UK M. Clilverd
9-14 June 2004 Long-Term Changes and Trends in the Atmosphere Bulgaria K. Georgieva
7-9 September 2004 International seminar on geomagnetism Indonesia M. Husni

IAGA has also continued to support the IUGG Inter-Association Initiative "Electromagnetic Study of Earthquakes and Volcanoes" (EMSEV) in 2004.

IAGA and ISO

The discussion on standard magnetosphere models with ISO has continued. In October the IAGA President restated the concerns of the IAGA Executive Committee in a letter to the working group number 4 of ISO and the working group has agreed to continue the dialogue with IAGA.

IAGA News 41, containing information about the Toulouse Assembly among other things, was distributed widely in November.

Bengt Hultqvist
Secretary General of IAGA.