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Session 4 - SOHO Corona II.
Oral session, Friday, June 27
Ballroom A, Chair: Therese Kucera
From August 10 - September 8, 1996, a coordinated set of observations were taken as part of the "Whole Sun Month" (WSM) campaign. This campaign involved many ground- and space-based instruments (including most of those on board the SOHO satellite), and was coordinated with the IACG Campaign IV. The goal of the WSM campaign was to gather and model coronal observations of the large-scale, stable solar minimum corona, and to link these observations to in situ observations of the solar wind. The presence of a large equatorial coronal hole extension (dubbed "the elephant's trunk") during the WSM rotation facilitates the connection between coronal and in situ wind observations, as it can be directly linked to the appearance of high speed solar wind streams. We will present an overview of the observations taken, along with some of the preliminary results of collaborative modeling efforts. The purpose of the modeling is to quantify the physical properties of the 3-dimensional, large scale, stable solar minimum corona during the WSM period, between approximately 1 and 3 solar radii, and to test and use this information with models connecting the corona to in situ observations of the solar wind. Further information on the WSM campaign, the observations that have been taken, and the modeling efforts that are being planned can be found at the WSM home page at http://serts.gsfc.nasa.gov/whole_sun.
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