David F. Webb's Curriculum Vitae


David Webb is a senior research physicist employed at the Institute for Scientific Research at Boston College. He is studying solar coronal mass ejections (CMEs) and transient disturbances in the interplanetary medium and their effects on the Earth. From 1988 - 2011 he was also associated with the Air Force Research Lab, Center of Excellence in Space Weather at Hanscom AFB, MA.

In 1968 Webb joined the Solar Physics Group at AS&E (American Science and Engineering) where he became a Senior Scientist. He left AS&E in 1989. While there, he was involved in operations, reduction and analysis of data for the AS&E OSO-4 solar X-ray spectroheliograph, and analyses of data returned from AS&E solar rocket X-ray imaging payloads. During the Skylab mission Webb was the AS&E representative to the ATM Solar Data Working Group, helped with development and interfacing of AS&E's S-054 X-ray telescope telemetry requirements, and was responsible for monitoring the instrument and maintaining the S-054 data facility at JSC. Webb was responsible for operation of the PDS microdensitometer facility at AS&E used to digitize S-054 images. He was a science liaison for the CXX experiment on the International Solar Polar Mission. Several times he has been a Visiting Scientist at the High Altitude Observatory/NCAR in Boulder, CO, studying coronal dynamics. Currently he is a Co-I on the operational Solar Mass Ejection Imager (SMEI) and STEREO SECCHI missions.

At AS&E Webb was involved in the reduction and analysis of coronal data obtained with the AS&E Skylab experiment and the rocket X-ray imaging payloads. His research has included studies of the structure and evolution of active regions, coronal transients, preflare and flare activity, the evolution of coronal holes, X-ray bright point loop structures, and X-ray and VLA microwave observations of active region loops. He has used data sets from the Skylab ATM, SMM and SOHO spaceborne coronagraphs, the Helios photometers and in-situ instruments, the Yohkoh SXT and SOHO EIT imaging experiments and the Wind, ACE and STEREO in-situ instruments to study the solar sources and heliospheric propagation of CMEs and shocks and their geophysical consequences.

He is an author on 150 scientific papers, and is a frequent referee for scientific journals and reviewer for NASA and NSF proposals. He has given many invited talks and participated in many workshops, both domestic and international. During the Skylab Flare Workshop he was co-leader of a project to measure the total energy output of a well-observed flare during Skylab. He wrote a chapter for the Active Region Workshop Monograph on transition zone and coronal observations of loops. In the first SMM Workshop, Webb was a member of the preflare activity team and coauthored the chapter in the monograph. For the Workshop on Coronal and Prominence Plasmas he was team leader of the study of small-scale coronal structure and author of a summary paper for the Proceedings. For the Flares22 Workshop held in Ottawa he was co-Leader of the session on CMEs. He was an organizer and chief editor or co-editor of the Proceedings volume of these IAU meetings: IAU Colloquium 167 on New Perspectives on Solar Prominences held in Aussois, France, 1997, IAU Symposium 257 on Universal Heliophysical processes held in Ioannina, Greece, 2008, and Symposium 286 on Comparative Magnetic Minima: Characterizing quiet times in the Sun and stars held in Mendoza, Argentina, 2011. He was co-leader of Working Group 1 of the Geostorms Coor. Data Analysis Workshop at George Mason Univ, Fairfax, VA in 2005. He was on the steering committees for the Intl. Solar Cycle Study (ISCS), SHINE, and the SHINE-GEM-CEDAR and Sept. 1999 Space Weather storm campaigns. He was the leader of the SHINE Campaign events studies. In 2008 and 2011 he helped organize workshops on Heliospheric Imagers held at Sacramento Peak, NM. He has written many review articles on CMEs, including in 1991-1994 U.S. National Report to the IUGG, the Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics, the IEEE Trans. on Plasma Science, Living Reviews on Solar Physics, and in several workshop proceedings. He is currently co-Coordinator of the STEREO Space Weather group. Thus, he is at the forefront of studies on CMEs and space weather.

Webb was on the Secretariat of the Intl. Heliophysical Year and was the coordinator for the IHY Schools Program, the IHY Newsletter editor, and the International Astronomical Union (IAU) Representative for IHY. He helped organize five IHY schools and participated in the North American school in Boulder, CO, 2007, and the Latin American School in San Paulo, Brazil, 2008. He is currently the IAU Representative for the Intl. Space Weather Initiative (ISWI).

Webb received a B.Sc. cum laude in Physics and Astrophysics from Mount Union College in Alliance, OH in 1966 and was a graduate student in Astronomy at the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. There he worked in the Space Astronomy Group of the Department of Astronomy. From 1967 to 1968 Webb was employed by Dr. Gerard Kuiper at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory in Tucson.

Webb received the Skylab Achievement Award from NASA in 1974, the Alan Berman Research Publication Award from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in March 1995, and the Scientific/Technical Achievement Team Award for the SMEI program from the AFRL Space Vehicle Directorate, Battlespace Environment Div. in 2004.

Webb is a member of the American Astronomical Society and its Solar Physics Division, the American Physical Society, the American Geophysical Union, and the International Astronomical Union. He is ex-officio (2003-2006) President of IAU Division II, Sun and Heliosphere, and of IAU Commission 49, Interplanetary Plasma and Heliosphere.


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