Prof. Dr. Yuri Shprits

Yuri Shprits
Prof. Dr. Yuri Shprits
Albert-Einstein-Straße 42-46
Building A 42, Room 202/203
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-28899

Function and Responsibilities:

Yuri Shprits is a head of Section 2.8 " Magnetospheric Physics" 

Research Interests:

Yuri Shprits' primarily area of scientific research is understanding the dynamics of the near Earth space environment that is hazardous satellites. Yuri has developed codes to quantify the dynamical evolution of the radiation belts. He has also developed codes to quantify quasi-linear scattering rates due to wave-particle interactions. He has quantified the effects of scattering by ELF/ VLF and ULF waves and identified a number of critical effects associated with radial diffusion, local acceleration and loss of the radiation belt electrons.He is an author of over 100 publications, 5 in Nature Publishing Group journals. His h-index is 33. 


  1. Development of a 3D-Diffusion Code as a Radiation Belt Module in the GGCM (NSF), PI.
  2. Quantifying Losses and Sources of Relativistic Electrons Using Kalman Filtering (NASA), PI.
  3. The Origin of Relativistic Electrons in the Jovian Magnetosphere (Co-I with PI R. Thorne) (NASA), PI
  4. Modeling of the Origin and Energizing of the Inner Radiation Belt Electrons and Phenomena that Mediates Them (AFRL), PI.
  5. The Role of EMIC Waves in the Outer Radiation Belt Losses (as a UCLA PI; Project PI: Ukhorskiy), (NASA).
  6. RAPID: Adding Energetic Particle and Magnetic Field Measurements to a Russian University Satellite Mission, (NSF), PI.
  7. Radiation Belt Reanalysis Project (UCOP), $1.4M, PI.

Currently Funded Research Projects:

  1. Data Assimilation in the near-Earth Radiation Environment ($1.5M UCOP), PI
  2. Statistical Analysis of Chorus Waves and Their Effect on Pitch-angle and Energy Scattering of the Radiation Belt Electrons (NASA), PI
  3. Breaking All the Invariants: Pitch Angle Diffusion on Split Magnetic Drift Shells in the Outer Zone (PI O’Brien) (as a UCLA subcontract PI) (NASA)
  4. Gap Filling of Solar Wind Data by Singular Spectrum Analysis (as Co-PI, with D. Kondrashov as PI)(NASA)
  5. Quantitative Analysis of the Bounce and Gyro Resonant Scattering by Magnetosonic Waves (NASA), PI
  6. Analysis and Modeling of Jovian and Saturnian Wave-Particle Interaction and Electron Acceleration (as a UCLA PI) (NASA)
  7. Understanding and Quantifying Outer Radiation Belt Loss due to Magnetopause
  8. (as Co-I, with D. Turner as PI) (NASA)
  9. Modeling Dynamics of the Radiation Belts Using Scattering Rates Computed in a Realistic Magnetic Field and Accounting for Adiabatic Effects (NSF), PI
  10. Analysis of peaks and dropouts in the electron radiation belt space density (NASA), PI
  11. Understanding the loss of energetic electrons from the radiation belts using remote sensing with multi-point riometer measurements and satellite in situ measurements (NSF CEDAR), PI
  12. PROGRESS, Prediction of geospace radiation environment and solar wind parameters, Horizon 2020, Skoltech PI

Research Boards and Committees:

Member of an Editorial Board:

  • Journal of Basic and Applied Physics (JBAP), since 2013.
  • Member of the Editorial Board of ELSEVIER’s Space Science Reviews.

Meeting Convener:

  • Convener, Inner Magnetospheric Coupling (IMC-I) Conference, Espo, Finland, 2008.
  • Convener, Radiation Belt Workshop, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2008.
  • Convener, Radiation Belt Workshop, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2010.
  • Convener, Inner Magnetospheric Coupling (IMC-II) Workshop, Los Angeles, CA, 2012.
  • Convener, Inner Magnetospheric Coupling (IMC-III) Workshop, Los Angeles, CA, 2015.
  • Focus group leader, Geospace Environmental Modeling Workshop, 2010-2014.

Organization and Chairing at Scientific Meetings:

  • Geospace Environmental Modeling Workshop, Santa Fe, NM, 2006, Organizer, Session chair.
  • Interdepartmental “Space Physics” Seminar, Spring 2006, Organizer.
  • IUGG, Perugia, Italy, 2007, Session chair.
  • EGU General Assembly, Vienna, 2008, Main scientific organizer of the ST13 session.
  • Committee on Space Research Assembly, Montreal, Canada, 2008, Deputy scientific organizer of the PREBEM1 session.
  • AGU Fall General Assembly, San Francisco, CA, 2008, Session convener of SM08.
  • AGU Fall General Assembly, San Francisco, CA, 2009, Session convener of SM08.
  • EGU General Assembly, Vienna, 2010, Main scientific organizer of the ST13 session.

Activity and Membership in Professional Societies:

  • Member, American Geophysical Union
  • Member, European Geophysical Union
  • Member, Committee on Space Research
  • Focus group leader, Radiation Belt and Wave Modeling (RBWM) NSF Geospace Environmental Modeling (GEM) Workshop
  • Vice-chair, COSPAR sub-committee D3.3
  • Member, UCAR Jack Eddie Fellowship steering committee

Activity and Membership in National Committees:

  • Member, Russian Space Research Consul of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 2013-present

Professional Reviews

  • Frequent reviewer of NSF and NASA proposals.
  • Frequent reviewer, Journal of Atmospheric and Solar Terrestrial Physics, Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Geophysical Research, Journal of Plasmas, Space Weather Journal, Space Science Reviews, Advances in Space Research


  1. 2012, Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers 
    Awarded by President Obama, White House, Washington, DC, July 2012.
  2. 2011, Editors’ Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for Space Weather, America Geophysical Union.
  3. 2011, Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Young Scientists, Union award of the European Geosciences Union, Vienna, Austria
  4. 2011, Journal of Atmospheric and Solar Terrestrial Physics, award for “Most Cited Article in 2005-2010”
  5. 2008, Young Investigator Proposal (YIP), AFOSR.
  6. 2004, Jacob Bjerknes Award, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, UCLA