SPEPS: Ionospheric Plasma Bubble Seeding and Development

Ionospheric Equatorial Plasma Bubbles (EPBs) have been the subject of extensive research during the past few decades. The generation, development and temporal and spatial variations of EPBs have been investigated experimentally using a number of different observational techniques and also studied theoretically by numerical simulation. Despite these efforts, there are still many unanswered questions about EPB seeding and development. External forces such as ionospheric gravity waves and solar terminator and/or geomagnetic storms have been considered as possible sources for EPB seeding. Current theories, however, have not been able to explain completely all the observed features in EPB occurrence. The prediction of EPBs, as a part of space weather initiatives, is still a complex subject of investigation.

This SPEPS article collection aims to open a forum to discuss the current status of research on equatorial plasma bubbles with a view to defining objectives for future investigation. We call for authors to contribute papers in any of the above four categories, and we welcome both critical reviews of past and present studies of EPBs and also papers on new aspects of EPB observation, interpretation or simulation.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:
•    EPB seeding and development: review and new interpretations
•    EPB new observational techniques: optical, radio and in-situ measurements
•    EPB simulation models: current status of development and capability, and future scope
•    EPB and space weather concerns, now and in the future

Submission Instructions
Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for Progress in Earth and Planetary Science. The complete manuscript should be submitted through the Progress in Earth and Planetary Science submission system. To ensure that you submit to the correct SPEPS series please select the appropriate 'thematic series' in the drop-down menu upon submission. In addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish your manuscript to be considered as part of the SPEPS series on 'High-definition topographic and geophysical data in geosciences'. All submissions will undergo rigorous peer review and accepted articles will be published within the journal as a collection.

Open for submissions: 1 Feb, 2017
Deadline for submissions: 30 Jun, 2017

Lead Guest Editor
Hisao Takahashi, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE)    

Associate Editors
Dr. Fabiano S. Rodrigues, University of Texas at Dallas    
Dr. Tatsuhiro Yokoyama, National Institute of information and communications technology (NICT)

Submissions will also benefit from the usual advantages of open access publication:
• Rapid publication: Online submission, electronic peer review and production make the process of publishing your article simple and efficient
• High visibility and international readership in your field: Open access publication ensures high visibility and maximum exposure for your work - anyone with online access can read your article
• No space constraints: Publishing online means unlimited space for figures, extensive data and video footage
• Authors retain copyright, licensing the article under a Creative Commons license: articles can be freely redistributed and reused as long as the article is correctly attributed

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