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Meeting Information

The 2013 Spring THEMIS Science Working Group Meeting will be held at Fairbanks, Alaska from March 25-28, 2013. Maximizing the value of THEMIS and ARTEMIS can only be achieved by including science coordination with the vast amount of observations that have become available from other geospace missions and from ground-based facilities, as well as from modeling studies. It also requires consideration of the full magnetosphere-ionosphere-thermosphere system. We thus are expanding our focus this year to include such coordination and considerations.

The meeting will focus on the following areas, and include coupling with the ionosphere and thermosphere:
▪ Dayside and polar cap science and the lunar environment
▪ Nightside dynamics
▪ Radiation belt dynamics
Since March is an excellent time to observe aurora in Fairbanks, the organizers of the meeting will facilitate excursion to the Poker Flat Observatory on any night when skies are clear. From there you have will full views of the aurora with a minimum of city light pollution, capability for luxurious viewing from a heating room, as well as ready access to a multitude of state-of-the art real time data sources.

MEETING SCHEDULE: PDF


Accommodations

The conference will be held at the Westmark Hotel in Fairbanks, Alaska. A room block has been established at the following special rates:
▪ Single/double: $75.00 + tax per night
▪ 2 Queens/King Suites: $84.00 + tax per night
To reserve a room, contact the hotel directly by 24 February 2013 and reference the 'UAF Geophysical Institute' to receive the discounted rate.
Westmark Fairbanks Hotel and Conference Center
813 Noble Street, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701-4977
Toll Free: 800-544-0970
Note: To obtain the discount rate of $75.00 via the hotel web site, input the following group code: UAFG032413, select room type A1K (1 king bed, for other room type, please call the hotel), and continue with the government rate of $75 per night.

Travel Information

How to get to the hotel from the Fairbanks International Airport.

Option 1: Taxi

The approximate travel time from the Fairbanks International Airport to the Westmark Hotel is 10 minutes; travel costs vary between $15.00-$22.00 USD, one way.

Option 2: Rental car

https://www.nationalcar.com/offer/XZ45UAF
http://www.budgetcarrental.com/budget/fastbreak/index.html?R039500

Local Attractions

View and print the map [pdf] which shows the area of Fairbanks, including local attractions and the Fairbanks International Airport. A guide to nearby restaurants can be downloaded here.

See the Fairbanks 2012–2013 Winter Guide for details about Fairbanks and suggestions on local attractions.