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Institute for Scientific Research
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Boston College
140 Commonwealth Ave.
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E-Mail:     david.webb@bc.edu
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Institute for Scientific Research
Room 106A, Kenny Cottle Library
Boston College
885 Centre St.
Newton, MA 02459

I am a senior research physicist employed at the Institute for Scientific Research at Boston College, studying solar coronal mass ejections (CMEs) and transient disturbances in the interplanetary medium and their effects at Earth. I was affiliated with the Air Force Research Laboratory, Center of Excellence in Space Weather, Hanscom AFB, MA from 1989-2011.

In the 1970s and 1980s I worked in the Solar Physics Group at American Science and Engineering as a Senior Scientist. I have also been a Visiting Scientist at the High Altitude Observatory/NCAR in Boulder, CO, studying coronal dynamics.

Currently I am a Co-I on the SOHO LASCO and the STEREO SECCHI mission programs, and was a Co-I on the Solar Mass Ejection Imager (SMEI) mission from 2003-2011. I have analyzed data from the Skylab, SMM, SOHO and STEREO spaceborne coronagraphs, the Helios spacecraft, the Yohkoh SXT, SOHO EIT and SDO AIA imagers and the SOHO UVCS and SDO EVE spectrometers. I have used these data along with in-situ data from, e.g., the Wind, ACE, STEREO and Ulysses spacecraft to study the solar sources and heliospheric propagation of CMEs and shocks and their geophysical consequences.

I am first author or a coauthor on nearly 150 scientific papers. I have led research studies establishing the link between halo CMEs and geomagnetic disturbances. I was on the steering committees for SHINE, the Intl. Solar Cycle Study, and the SHINE-GEM-CEDAR and S-RAMP Sept. 1999 Space Weather storm campaigns and for many meetings, and was the coordinator of SHINE Campaign Events studies. I am currently the co-coordinator of the STEREO Space Weather group. Thus, I am at the forefront of studies on CMEs and space weather.

I was on the Secretariat of the International Heliophysical Year (IHY) and was the International Astronomical Union's (IAU) Representative for IHY. I am- currently the IAU's representative for the International Space Weather Initiative (ISWI).

I am a member of the American Astronomical Society and its Solar Physics Division, the American Physical Society, the American Geophysical Union, and the IAU. From 2003-2006 I was the President of IAU Division II, on Sun and Heliosphere, and President of Commission 49, Interplanetary Plasma and Heliosphere. See Vitae for more details.


Recent Scientific Papers: Preprints, In Press or Published

Webb, D. and Howard, T. 2012, "Coronal Mass Ejections: Observations", Living Rev. Solar Phys. 9 (2012), 3.

All Publications

Refereed Publications



Last Revised:  August 2012