Space Physics has been listed as one of the University’s primary areas of internationally recognized scholarship and research in every visioning and self-assessment exercise UofC has carried out. That excellence was acknowledged at the University level with the formation of the UofC Institute for Space Research in 1989 and later at the national level when Cogger was successful in establishing the UofC led Canadian Network for Space Research which was one of the first group of NSERC NCEs. ISIS-II was followed by UV imagers on the Swedish Viking and Freja spacecraft, and the Russian Interball probe. Images from these instruments have graced the covers of textbooks and journals, and provided the observational basis for major scientific advances. They also provided contextual information for hundreds of other studies.
Our group designed and deployed the first CCD based ground-based auroral imager, and has followed that up with a tremendously successful ground-based observational program that has involved campaign style work such as the Portable Auroral Imager, and every optical program element of the CSA sponsored CANOPUS, NORSTAR, and Canadian GeoSpace Monitoring (CGSM) programs. We are world-leaders in auroral observations and auroral plasma physics.