Space Weather Euro News Vol.3 Issue 3 (15-02-1999)

Table of Contents:
  1. Space Weather Week 1999
  2. ESA contractor report on modelling of Freja charging events
  3. Proceedings of a meeting on database and data analysis
  4. Spring 1999 AGU Special Session SM06 "Space Weather - Observations, Models, and Products" (joint with SA, SH) Reminder: dead-line for abstract is 18 February 1998 
  5. Some ESA Tender Actions
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1. Space Weather Week 1999

From: B. Poppe                 E-mail:

Space Weather Week 1999

In an effort to accelerate and  maximize effective transitioning of  space environment research results into operations, the Space Environment  Center will host a conjoined conference of users, researchers, and vendors  the week of April 19, 1999. The fourth SEC User Conference will be held  April 19, 20, and 21. The third annual Research-to-Operations Workshop,  co-organized by Air Force Research Laboratory and NSF Division of Atmospheric  Science, will be April 21, 22 and 23. The proximity of the two meetings, one  emphasizing the operational concerns of users and one emphasizing research  findings and new models, will allow those interested to attend both meetings  if they choose. There will also be overlap time so attendees from both meetings  can meet and converse informally. 

Additionally, there will be a space weather services vendor meeting on April 21.  This meeting will allow private sector enterprises access to both researchers  (who might generate new products) and users (who might purchase new products).  Vendors may want to attend one or both of the meetings on either side of the  vendor meeting. 

Details about the conference are on Space Environment Center's Web site
Register by April 1. Questions can be  directed  to Barbara Poppe (

2. ESA contractor report on modelling of Freja charging events

From: A. Hilgers E-mail:

The report with reference,

"Analysis of Freja charging events: Modelling of Freja observations by spacecraft charging codes", by A. I. Eriksson, L. Wedin, J.-E. Wahlund and B. Holback, ESA contract No  11974/96/NL/JG(SC), SPEE-WP120-TN, December 1998, is now available on the www
(cf also )

3. Proceedings of a meeting on database and data analysis

From: A. Hilgers E-mail:

As an accompanying measure of the development of the Space Environment Database and Analysis Tools (SEDAT), an expert meeting was held at BIRA-IASB, Brussels, Belgium on 14 January to discuss a number of critical issues, in particular: data correction, data formats, inter-operability and data interchange that can determine the ultimate capabilities and range of application of SEDAT in the context of several on going space database projects in Europe. 

The SEDAT project is intended to develop a new approach to the  engineering analysis of charged-particle environments and their effects (cf also

Most of the material presented and elaborated at the meeting can be seen on the web.

4. Spring 1999 AGU Special Session SM06 "Space Weather - Observations, Models, and Products
(joint with SA, SH) Reminder: dead-line for abstract is 18 February 1998

From: Hannu Koskinen e-mail:

Now it is time to submit your abstract to the Spring 1999 AGU Special Session SM06 "Space Weather - Observations, Models, and Products". The deadline is February 18, 1999, for submission by mail, and February 25, 1999, for electronic submission. Submission details and electronic form are available at

Note that both poster and oral presentations are planned to be published as a special issue of the Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics.

The following is the session description:

Space weather is a rapidly evolving discipline tying the science of solar-terrestrial physics together with technological applications both in space 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.


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

Daniel N. Baker,
University of Colorado, Boulder

David H. Boteler,
Geomagnetic Laboratory, Geological Survey of Canada, Ottawa

Rainer Schwenn,
Max-Planck-Institut fur Aeronomie, Katlenburg-Lindau

5. Some ESA Tender Actions

From: N. Crosby E-mail:

(Open from 03/02/1999 to 18/03/1999, Act.Ref.: 98.1JP.09)

For more information and the complete list of ESA Tender Actions please look at:


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

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Alain Hilgers



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