Dr Jurgen Watermann
Dr Jurgen Watermann graduated from the University of Goettingen (Germany) with a diploma (MSc equivalent) in physics and mathematics followed by a PhD in physics with specialization in geophysics. His PhD thesis dealt with the analysis and interpretation of temporally and spatially coincident geomagnetic ULF variations and height modifications of the ionospheric F layer, observed with a ground-based magnetometer and a tristatic HF-CW Doppler radar. Two different physical processes, leading to vertical ionospheric plasma motions and horizontally traveling disturbances, respectively, were distinguished.
Dr Watermann assumed various research and teaching positions at the Geophysical Institute of the University of Goettingen where he participated in research projects in solid earth geophysics, geomagnetism, aeronomy and space physics. He went on to do experimental ionospheric plasma research, first at the Max-Planck-Institute for Aeronomy, Katlenburg-Lindau (Germany), and then at the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, National Research Council Canada, Ottawa. Thereafter he transferred to SRI International, Menlo Park, California, where he continued his research with data from different ground-based and space borne platforms, foremost the Sondrestrom incoherent scatter radar. Back in Europe, at the NATO SACLANT Undersea Research Center in La Spezia, Italy, he investigated natural and anthropogenic electromagnetic fields in a marine environment using data from instruments deployed on land and at sea. He then transferred to the Geomagnetism and Space Physics Section of the Danish Meteorological Institute where he became Project Scientist for the Greenland magnetometer array and participated in various international space research teams to work on projects dealing with a large number of coincident multi-sensor multi-point space data sets. During that time he also led a project on the exploitation of data from three US digisondes in operation in Greenland, funded by the European Office of Aerospace Research & Development (EOARD). He then moved to France, and after two years doing ionospheric physics at the CNRS Laboratory for Physics and Chemistry of the Environment and Space (LPC2E) in Orleans he founded jfwConsult.
Dr Watermann was Working Group leader and member of the Steering Committee of the COST Actions 724 and ES0803 on space weather, an initial member of the EU-FP7 space weather project ATMOP (from which he resigned after six months for family reasons) and a member of the EU-FP7 infrastructure project ESPAS. As consultant to RHEA System SA (Belgium) he was actively involved in the ESA SSA projects SN-I, SN-VI, and CO-II. He is Editorial Advisor for the Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate.
Dr Jurgen Watermann