Whitepaper #006 in the Decadal Survey for Solar and Space Physics (Heliophysics) 2024-2033. Main topics: basic research; infrastructure/workforce/other programmatic. Additional topics: other programmatic; state of the profession; inner heliosphere.
The unique recommendation of this WP is that the 2024 Decadal Survey has a panel specifically dedicated to the Physics of the Upper Corona and Inner Heliosphere, separate from a panel on Solar Physics. A split of the solar–heliosphere research area into two panels (solar physics and the physics of the inner heliosphere) is needed, especially if magnetosphere and ITM are separated into two panels.