Space Weather Euro News Vol.4 Issue 9 (28-04-2000)

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1. The Nordic GIC network
2. Meudon Centre
3. Call for Papers for the "Space Weather Symposium" of the 1st S-RAMP
    Converence.
4. Some ESA Tender Actions
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1. The Nordic GIC network
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From: Henrik Lundstedt                   E-mail: Henrik.Lundstedt@irfl.lu.se

The Nordic GIC network
(http://www.lund.irf.se/HeliosHome/nordicgicnetwork.html) was initiated
at the Nordic GIC Meeting, held in Lund September 23-24, 1999.

A summary of the Nordic GIC MEETING is available at the web site:

http://www.lund.irf.se/HeliosHome/nordic3.html.

The Nordic GIC Network includes:

- Data. Collect, store and distribute Nordic GIC related data.
- Disturbances. Collect information concerning GIC related disturbances
in power systems and gas pipelines.
- Web site. List of contact persons, data and events
- Newsletter
- Predictions. Links to GIC related predictions.


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2. Meudon Centre
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From: Pierre Lantos                                   E-mail: Pierre.Lantos@obspm.fr

The Meudon Warning Center has changed his activities because of the
suppression of the military service in France : in the past young
scientists were send in secondement to Meudon Observatory for
predictions related to CNES satellite orbitography. The daily
predictions have been transfered to SIDC (Brussels Observatory) which
will become soon an official ISES center for public, industry and
laboratory needs, and to CLS (a commercial CNES subsidiary company) at
Toulouse for space agency and space industry needs. Meudon will
continue its own predictions of solar cycle on a monthly basis (McNish
and Lincoln method and neural networks). The Meudon Center is also in
charge of the French cosmic ray observation program and will be
involved in the SIEVERT project, an official french operational program
needed to calculate dose equivalents received on each flight by air
crews (annual dose estimate becomes a legal obligation in Europe
starting in May 2000). Development of specific Space Weather
applications will also continue at Meudon, in collaboration with Ecole
Polytechnique (Palaiseau) for new methods of flare and CME predictions
based on magnetic field extrapolation, and in collaboration with the
Service d'Aeronomie (Verrieres) for use of Lyman Alpha observations of
the Swan experiment on board SOHO to monitor active regions on the far
side of the Sun (see Bertaux et al., Geophysical Research Letters,
Volume 27, no. 9, May 1, 2000, pages 1331-1334). Both projects are made
with the help of CNES.

Pierre Lantos

cf Web : http://previ.obspm.fr/previ


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3. Call for Papers for the "Space Weather Symposium" of the 1st S-RAMP
Converence.
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From: Hannu Koskinen                               E-mail: Hannu.Koskinen@fmi.fi

Space Weather Symposium of the 1st S-RAMP Conference October 2-6, 2000,
Sapporo, Japan

Space weather is a rapidly growing cross-disciplinary field of space
research, where the interests of solar-terrestrial physics and space
applications communities meet each other. While the basic physics of
space weather and the prediction techniques are topics of other
symposia of the S-RAMP Conference, our Space Weather Symposium will
attempt to bind the individual threads together. Thus we, in
particular, encourage submission of multi-disciplinary papers dealing
with entire space weather events from the Sun to the various parts of
the geospace. Furthermore, we are looking for contributions with more
practical flavor: descriptions of development of data systems and
operative models, and requirements from actual and potential users of
space weather services. It is also important to ask what observations
are most urgently needed in future, both scientific missions and
operative observatory capabilities, in space as well as on ground.

Solicited speakers:  Santimay Basu, Janet Kozyra, Ching Meng, Terry
Onsager, Risto Pirjola, B. M. Reddy, Rainer Schwenn, Takashi Tanaka.

THE DEADLINE IS MAY 15, 2000!

For further information, please see the Second Circular which has been
mailed recently, or the web site

http://www.kurasc.kyoto-u.ac.jp/s-ramp/

or contact the Meeting Scientific Organizers:

Hannu E. J. Koskinen             Nicola J. Fox
Finnish Meteorological Inst.    ISTP Science & Operations Coordinator
Geophysical Research            NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
P.O.Box 503                         Code 696
FIN-00101 Helsinki               Greenbelt, MD 20771
Finland                                   US
Hannu.Koskinen@fmi.fi         nicola.fox@gsfc.nasa.gov

Hannu Koskinen                    Nicola Fox

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4. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA EMITS
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AO3659
             RADIATION EFFECTS ANALYSIS TOOLS
             (Open from 03/04/2000 to 30/05/2000, Act.Ref.: 99.1WM.05)

AO3674
             NEW-GENERATION OF SOLAR ARRAY DRIVE
             MECHANISMS FOR GEOSTATIONARY SATELLITES
             (Open from 13/03/2000 to 09/05/2000, Act.Ref.: 00.1CA.23)
AO3657
             GROUND STATION NETWORK UPGRADE
             (Open from 09/03/2000 to 25/05/2000, Act.Ref.: 00.112.02)
AO3693
             PRE-DEVELOPMENT OF ALADIN INSTRUMENT FOR THE
             ATMOSPHERIC DYNAMICS CORE EXPLORER MISSION
             (Open from 13/03/2000 to 08/05/2000, Act.Ref.: 00.1JP.01)

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

        http://emits.esa.int/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
 Jinbin Cao, Chinese Space Weather Activity Representative
 Barbara Poppe, NOAA Space Environment Centre

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