Space Weather Euro News Vol.3 Issue 1 (12-01-1999)

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  1. SWEN contact group
  2. First announcement of URSI Workshop H, "The plasmasphere rediscovered: a tribute to Donald Carpenter"
  3. IUGG99 - XXII General Assembly, 18-30 July 1999
  4. Call for papers for Spring 1999 AGU Special Session SM06 "Space Weather - Observations, Models, and Products"
  5. Southern 1-min Polar Cap (PC) Magnetic Activity Index from Vostok (Antarctica) Available Online
  6. Some ESA Tender Actions
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1. SWEN contact group
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From: Alain Hilgers e-mail: ahilgers@estec.esa.nl

The SWEN community is today of at least 250 people that have registered to the SWEN distribution list and includes engineers, researchers, and administrators of which about 200 people are from ESA member states.

As discussed at the ESA space weather workshop (11-13 November, 1998), SWEN should be utilized as the main forum for exchanging information on Space Weather within the European community. To this end  it appears useful to set up a SWEN contact group, the members of which are volunteers to act as a contact point between the SWEN community and relevant organisational bodies.

The members of the contact group will be particularly active channels for informing the SWEN community about their organisation activity related to space weather (e.g., conference organisation, working group meetings, reports,...) and welcome any suggestions  posted on SWEN relevant to European space weather.

Currently the members of the SWEN Contact group are:

Eamonn Daly, ESA (excluding science programme)
Mike Hapgood,  EGS
Hannu Koskinen, SCOSTEP working group on Space weather
Pierre Lantos, ISES
Henrik Lundstedt, Lund space weather center
Richard Marsden, ESA science programme
Goetz Paschmann, ISSI
Jean-Yves Prado, CNES-ONERA working group on space weather
Michael Rycroft, ISU

Anyone interested to enter the SWEN contact group please contact:
Alain Hilgers < ahilgers@wm.estec.esa.nl

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2. First announcement of URSI Workshop H,
The plasmasphere rediscovered: a tribute to Donald Carpenter
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From: L. R. Owen STOREY  E-mail: llewelyn.storey@wanadoo.fr

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First announcement of URSI Workshop H,
The plasmasphere rediscovered: a tribute to Donald Carpenter.
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URSI Toronto General Assembly, WS-H, Saturday 14 August, 1999

The sessions of this one-day Commission H Tutorial/Workshop will be  devoted primarily to highlights of what has been learned over the past three decades about the structure and dynamics of the plasmasphere and its outer  boundary: the plasmapause. Whistler and in-situ wave measurements will be strongly emphasized at this meeting convened in honor of Don Carpenter, a pioneer in this field of space physics. The principal discoveries resulting from direct measurements of plasmaspheric ion and electron fluxes will also be recalled and summarized. The prospects and expectations of future global imaging missions, for enhancing our limited current understanding of this region  of the magnetosphere and for resolving open questions, will be discussed at the end of this celebration of Don's outstanding discoveries in the Space Sciences. Posters on most of the current observations and on the lively experimental and theoretical aspects of the subject will be displayed during and immediately following the sessions when refreshments will be available.  Contributed poster papers will be considered and should be submitted by 15 January 1999, following the published guidelines for the General Assembly.

Convenors:
J.F. Lemaire
Member of Belgian URSI Committee
Tel: 32 2 373 0407
Institut d'Aeronomie Spatiale
Fax: 32 2 374 8423
3, Avenue Circulaire
E-mail: jl@oma.be
B-1180, Brussels,
BELGIUM

L.R.O. Storey
Quartier Luchenep
Tel: 33 4 9077 1294
Route du Luberonp
Fax: 33 4 9077 1294
84160 Cucuron,
FRANCE

(Please note that the Commission H Workshop WS H was not announced in  the preliminary scientific program of the First Announcement booklet, since it was not planned at the time when the booklet was issued.  General information about the URSI General Assembly is available at:
http://www.nrc.ca/confserv/ursi99/welcome.html

The WS-H Web page is at
http://www.nrc.ca/confserv/ursi99/seslst_e.htm#wsh )
The convenors : J.F. LEMAIRE & L.R.O. STOREY

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3. IUGG99 - XXII General Assembly, 18-30 July 1999
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From: M. Hapgood E-mail: M.Hapgood@rl.ac.uk

The 22nd General Assembly of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics will be held at the University of Birmingham, UK, 18-30 July 1999. There is a Space Weather session planned:

JSA06 Space Weather Forecasting and Effects
(http://www.bham.ac.uk/IUGG99/jsa06.htm)

For full details of IUGG see http://www.bham.ac.uk/IUGG99 The dead-line for submission of abstracts is 15 Jan. 1999.

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4. Call for papers for Spring 1999 AGU Special Session
SM06 "Space Weather - Observations, Models, and Products"
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From: H. Koskinen E-mail: Hannu.Koskinen@fmi.fi

Call for papers for Spring 1999 AGU Special Session SM06 "Space Weather - Observations, Models, and Products" (joint with SA, SH)

Space weather is a rapidly evolving discipline tying the science of solar-terrestrial physics together with technological applications both inspace and on ground. Future space weather activities will require continuous observations spanning from the sun to the surface of the earth and considerable progress in model development where it is not sufficient to illustrate the basic physics but also achieve high level of detail accuracy. Final products of space weather include warnings, forecasts, environmental specifications, and models for space engineering. What the future success products will finally be, is yet largely unknown, but most likely they will be highly tailored to meet the needs of specific users. We solicit papers on space weather observations, state of the art model development, and potentially useful space weather products.

For submission details, see
http://www.agu.org/meetings/meetings.html

Conveners:

Hannu E. J. Koskinen,
Finnish Meteorological Institute, Helsinki
tel: +358-9-1929 4639
fax: +358-9-1929 4603
e-mail: Hannu.Koskinen@fmi.fi

Daniel N. Baker,
University of Colorado, Boulder
e-mail: baker@orion.colorado.edu

David H. Boteler,
Geomagnetic Laboratory, Geological Survey of Canada, Ottawa
e-mail: Boteler@Geolab.nrcan.gc.ca

Rainer Schwenn,
Max-Planck-Institut fur Aeronomie, Katlenburg-Lindau
e-mail: Schwenn@linax1.mpae.gwdg.de

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5. Southern 1-min Polar Cap (PC) Magnetic Activity Index
from Vostok (Antarctica) Available Online
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From: O. Troshichev E-mail: olegtro@aari.nw.ru

Current 1-min Polar Cap (PC) Magnetic Activity Index from Antarctica is available on-line (with an approximately 1-day delay) from the Web sites at the Russian Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI, St. Petersburg,
http://www.aari.nw.ru).

The PC index is nondimensional parameter characterizing the current state of the magnetosphere(quiet when PC<+1; disturbed when PC>3). Physical backgrounds and method of derivation of the PC index have been described in [Troshichev et al., Planet Space Sci. 36, 1095, 1988]. The 1-min PC index is calculated in AARI by technique developed by Lukianova and Troshichev [Scientific report GNTP 05.08, AARI,1997].

This effort became possible because of successful international cooperation between the AARI, SPRL (Michigan University), and WDC-C2 (Kyoto, Japan) in bringing near-real time 1-min geomagnetic data from Vostok online (see AGU/SPA Newsletter, Vol. V, Issue 42, 26 June, 1998).

We also acknowledge the Russian Antarctic Expedition for a continuous support of magnetic observations at Vostok.

The 1-min PC index data from Vostok can be requested via e-mail from: Oleg Troshichev olegtro@aari.nw.ru

We hope that the PC index can be useful for objects of the Space Weather Program.

Oleg Troshichev (AARI) and Volodya Papitashvili (SPRL)

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6. Some ESA Tender Actions
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From: A. Hilgers E-mail: ahilgers@estec.esa.nl

AO3485 ANALYSIS OF UTILISATION OF SATELLITE FORMATIONS FOR THE
IMPLEMENTATION OF EARTH OBSERVATION MISSIONS
(Open from 16/12/1998 to 11/02/1999, Act.Ref.: 98.1JP.08)

For more information and the complete list of ESA Tender Actions please look at:
http://edms.esrin.esa.it/emits/OpenTenders

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Note: This newsletter is an initiative of the ESA Space Systems Environment Analysis Section and is intended to establish a prototype of a potential mailing list or forum with news of interest for the Space Weather community in Europe.

- SWEN contact group (which keeps SWEN informed of news coming from   other channels)is currently:

  • Eamonn Daly, ESA (excluding science programme)
  • Richard Marsden, ESA science programme
  • Maurizio Candidi, CNR 
  • Paul Cannon, URSI-Commission G 
  • Mike Hapgood,  EGS
  • Hannu Koskinen, SCOSTEP working group on Space weather
  • Pierre Lantos, ISES
  • Henrik Lundstedt, Lund space weather center
  • Goetz Paschmann, ISSI
  • Jean-Yves Prado, CNES-ONERA working group on space weather
  • Michael Rycroft, ISU 
  • Volker Bothmer, EGS-Solar Physics Secretary
  • Wolfgang Baumjohann, MPE-German Representative

- SWEN archives are also available on:             http://www.lund.irf.se/HeliosHome/SWEN/spweuro.html             

- Please direct all replies and submissions to the newsletter to:

   swen@wm.estec.esa.nl

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Please update your e-mail address if it has been changed.  Please send both your new and old e-mail address to the editor for easier updating of your file.

We are looking forward to receiving your inputs.

The SWEN editor

Alain Hilgers

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