Conference Objectives and General Description
This conference will address the processes by which solar wind mass, momentum, and energy enter the magnetosphere. Regions of interest include the foreshock, bow shock, magnetosheath, magnetopause, and cusps, the dayside magnetosphere, and both the dayside polar and equatorial ionosphere. The conference is particularly timely due to the results expected from NASA’s MMS mission which was launched in March 2015, arrays of new ground-based instrumentation currently being installed, and the ongoing operations of NASA’s THEMIS, ESA’s Cluster, and JAXA’s Geotail missions. Parallel processes occur at other planets, and recent results from NASA’s MAVEN mission to Mars, as well as ESA’s Mars and Venus Express missions will be actively solicited.