Dr. Jonathan Eastwood is a lecturer in the Blackett laboratory and a member of the space and atmospheric physics research group. Previously, Dr. Eastwood worked at the University of California, Berkeley, and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt MD. In 2012 he was awarded the COSPAR Zeldovich Medal (Commission D).
Dr. Eastwood conducts research into the basic properties of collisionless plasmas, by analyzing satellite observations of such plasmas in space - particularly those that form the Earth's magnetosphere, the solar wind, the solar corona and Mars' mini-magnetospheres. He is a member of several operating science missions including Cluster (ESA), THEMIS/ARTEMIS (NASA), STEREO (NASA), and most recently Magnetospheric Multi-Scale (NASA). He is also a Co-Investigator on Solar Orbiter (ESA) and JUICE (ESA), both of which are currently in development.
This research is also of practical importance, because ultimately, it helps us to understand and predict Space Weather. Space weather research is our effort to understand how the conditions in space near the Earth are affected by the Sun, and how this affects human life, technology and society. Dr. Eastwood leads space weather research within the group. One line of research, in partnership with the plasma physics group, is dedicated to developing new global simulations of planetary magnetospheres. A second line of space weather research concerns the development of new miniaturised space weather hardware. This builds on the space and atmospheric physics group's considerable heritage and experience in space magnetometry.
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