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Space Physics and Aeronomy Perspectives on Integrated, Coordi- nated, Open, Networked (ICON) Science
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder

Corresponding Author:dibyendumalay@ieee.org

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This article is a commentary about the state of Integrated, Coordinated, Open, and Networked (ICON) principles (Goldman et al., 2021) in Space Physics and Aeronomy and a discussion on several scopes and limitations to implementing them. The commentary focuses on the basic introduction and brief literature survey (Section 1); possibilities of implementation of ICON in Space Physics and Aeronomy (Section 2) and limitations or challenges in this field with possible solutions using ICON principles (Section 3). The Space Physics and Aeronomy section of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) comprises the interactions between solar wind, Interplanetary Magnetic Field (IMF) and different planetary magnetospheres and ionospheres. The section also deals with solar physics, mechanisms behind existence of solar magnetic fields, and evaluations of high and low speed solar winds. This field is a collection of different interdisciplinary subtopics, making this an excellent example of integrated research. Similar and transparent methodologies are adopted to solve problems all over the world which shows a coordinated approach of research. Freely available data from different space agencies and universities are also great assets for this domain which supports open research. The scopes of possible networked research with mutual benefits are also highlighted. Examples of ICON-based international collaborations and support mechanisms towards young scientists are elaborated which are helpful to mitigate limitations in this domain.