Space Weather Euro News Vol.4 Issue 10 (15-05-2000)

Table of Contents:
1. Report on the Space Weather Session held at the XXV
   General Assembly of the European Geophysical Society
2. SWEEM(TN) and SWEEM(AM) space weather
    proposals are submitted to EU
3. The First S-RAMP Conference (Reminder)
4. Symposium "Comparison of Observations and Simulations
   of Global Magnetospheric Structure" (S-RAMP Conf)
5. Some ESA Tender Actions
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1. Report on the Space Weather Session held at the XXV
   General Assembly of the European Geophysical Society
From:  Volker Bothmer

A space weather session was held at this year's EGS Conference in Nice
which had about 5000 attendees. The session was organized by Mike
Hapgood, Volker Bothmer, Norma Crosby and Jan Lastovicka.

Twenty six oral and thirteen poster presentations reflect the great resonance
of the scientific community to the space weather topic. The full day (8:30
am to 8:00 pm) session held on Tuesday was almost continously attended by
about hundred scientists from all over the world, mostly Europeans and

The following scientific topics were presented in the session (not in order of
priority !):

- Solar Aspects (the sun as prime source of space weather):

P. Brekke: Space weather Effects - Towards Solar Maximum with SOHO
(solicited paper)
V. Bothmer et al.: Space weather effects of halo CMEs
S. Koutchmy et al.: Is a giant coronal cavity initiating a CME ? (Poster)

- Radiation Hazards:

L. Dorman and L. Pustil'nik: On the probability of catastrophic radiation
hazard in space and on the Earth from flare energetic particles
L. Dorman: Neutron monitor on-line one-minute data using for forecasting
of great radiation hazard in space (Poster)
S. Bourdarie et al.: Relativistic electron enhancement analysis with the
Salammbo code. Comparsion with in flight measurements
J.Jr. Klimes et al.: Connection of solar flare events in August 19 and
September 13, 1999, interplanetary space and earth magnetic field. (Poster)

- Interplanetary Aspects and Geomagnetic Activity:

G. Zimbardo et al.: Predictions for the propagation of energetic particles
from the Sun to the Earth:  Influence of the magnetic turbulence
P. Ballatore et al.: Relationship between the behaviour of the interplanetary
magnetic field and geomagnetic activity seen by SuperDarn
P. Francia et a.: Geomagnetic sudden impulses at low latitude
B. Tsurutani et al.: Interplanetary shock triggering of auroral substorm
activity: a mechanism
N. Pissarenko et al.: Interball tail probe energetic particles distribution and
space weather problem
D. Heynderickx: Space weather effects on the Earth's radiation belts
(Solicited Paper) [cancelled]
M. Foerster: Space weather (geomagnetic storm) effects on the topside
ionosphere (Solicited Paper)
T. Ulich et al.: Monitoring of space weather effects by riometers in Northern
V.M. Silbergleit: The most geomagnetically disturbed days: a study (Poster)
V.M. Silbergleit and P.A. Larocca: The magnetic storms and the solar
variability: a study (Poster)
H. Nevanlinna et al.: Geomagnetic and auroral signatures of sun-earth
connections (Poster)

- Earth's Atmosphere:

B. Fejer et al.: Storm-time coupling of thermospheric neutral winds and
plasma drifts
A.C. Nicholas et al.: Assessment of thermospheric and ionospheric response
to solar and geomagnetic forcing
D. Rees: A Review of the Effects of Geomagnetic Storms on the High and
Midlatitude Thermosphere and Ionosphere (Solicited Paper) [cancelled]
E. Belova et al.: The effect of magnetospheric substorm on near-ground
atmospheric current
S.V. Veterenenko: Variations of solar radiation input in the lower
atmosphere associated with helio/geophysical phenomena: effects of the
QBO phases (Poster) [cancelled]
S.V. Veterenenko: Effects of the galactic cosmic ray variations on the zonal
pressure in the lower atmosphere (Poster)

- Space Weather Hazards and Practical Needs:

R. Pirjola: Effects of space weather on ground-based systems (Solicited
G. Reitz: Biological radiation effects of space radiation (Solicited Paper)
A. Pulkkinen et al.: Study of space weather effects on the Finnish high-
voltage power system
A.T.Y. Lui and C.-I. Meng: Transition of research result to operational
environment - judging the practical need of speace weather products
C.-I. Meng: Transition of research result to operational environment - a
practical necessity for space weather effort
R. Pirjola et al.: Application of the complex image method to calculating
geomagnetically induced currents in a technological system (Poster)
A. Pulkkinen et al.: Study of space weather effects on the Finnish natural
gas pipeline (Poster)
P. Stauning and P. Davidsen: Observations of radiation-induced anomalies
in the memory circuits of the Orsted satellite (Poster)

- Space Weather Data Processing and Projects:

A. Wehrenpfennig et al.: A Dynamically Configurable System for
Operational Processing of Space Weather Data
N. Crosby and M. Rycroft: ESF network on space weather and the Earth's
N. Jakowski et al.: TEC Monitoring by GPS - a Possible Contribution to
Space Weather Monitoring (Poster)

- Prediction Capabilities:

I. Finch et al.: Derivation and application to space weather prediction
N. Francis et al.: Time series forecasting using neural networks and the
characterisation of nonlinearity within geophysical data
C.R. Clauer et al.: Development of an integrated Teraflop-class predictive
space weather model
L. Dorman et al.: Using of cosmic ray Forbush decreases as indicators of
space dangerous phenomena and the problem of their forecast (Poster)

Complete author lists and abstracts are available on CD-ROM from the EGS

Due to the great resonance of the authors and the high quality standard of
the contributions it has been decided by the conveners to publish the
contributions in a special volume of "Physics and Chemistry of the Earth".
Finally, based on the success of this year's meeting, the Space Weather
Session will be continued at the next EGS Conference in 2001, which will
take place again in Nice. Goals, amongst others, for the upcoming meeting
are to strengthen the links to the ESA space weather activities and the US Space Weather
Community, to enhance the number of contributions from the fields of
solar/heliospheric and magnetospheric space plasma research and to support
ongoing and planned educational and public outreach programmes.

Volker Bothmer
University of Kiel
Solar Physics Secretary EGS
ESA Space Weather Euro News and Space Weather Working Team

2. SWEEM(TN) and SWEEM(AM) space weather
   proposals are submitted to EU
From: Frank Jansen                                        

Two proposals called Space Weather Event and European Monitoring are
just submitted as a Thematic Network  (SWEEM(TN)) and an
Accompanying Measure (SWEEM(AM)) to the  European Commission
call for Raising Public Awareness of Science and  Technology.

Scientists from 9 institutes and staff of 5 companies from Germany, France,
Ireland, The Netherlands, Switzerland and the U.S.A belong or support
SWEEM(TN) - among them are for instance DLR, MPE, MPAE, GFZ,
Dornier, Siemens, Ruhrgas, ESA/ESTEC, Swiss Reinsurance and

The SWEEM(AM) consortium is similar structured as the SWEEM(TN) but
also contains one of the biggest planetarium in Europe - the Zeiss-
Grossplanetarium in Berlin.

The objectives of SWEEM(TN) will be reached by on-line monitoring of
space weather events from Sun lift off to Earth surface. By means of
SWEEM(AM) the monitoring of these space weather events will be
demonstrated during the European Science and Technology Week in
November 2001. Moreover initiatives in newspapers and electronic media,
a traveling space weather exhibition, a video about space weather and a
planetarium performance will level up the public awareness of space
weather in Europe.

3. The First S-RAMP Conference (Reminder)
From: Yoshiharu Omura           

The first S-RAMP (STEP Results, Applications, and Modeling Phase)
Conference will be held from October 2 to October 6, 2000 in Sapporo in

Deadline for submission of abstracts:  15 May  2000

If you have any question about this conference, please send e-mail to  s-

4. Symposium "Comparison of Observations and Simulations
     of Global Magnetospheric Structure" (S-RAMP Conf)
From: Gordon Rostoker

Call for Papers for the Symposium "Comparison of Observations and
Simulations  of Global Magnetospheric Structure" in the 1st S-RAMP

Place:  Sapporo, Japan
Time:   October 2-6,2000

The five-year period 1998-2002 of the S-RAMP (STEP - Results,
Applications, and Modeling Phase) particularly calls for model and data
comparisons using the set of observations that are continuously being
collected from the international fleet of ISTP spacecraft and a wealth of
ground-based instrumentation.

The recent improvements in both modeling techniques and computer
capacity now allow for quantitative comparisons among multipoint
observations and model results. At this stage it is useful to examine both
situations where the data and models agree and those where agreement is
not good in order to understand the physical situations and processes during
which agreement is and is not achieved. This allows for definite
identification of processes from observations as well as further improvement
of the models.

Special areas of interest include but are not limited to energy transfer from
the solar wind to the magnetosphere, magnetospheric configuration and
dynamics during substorms, magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling both in the
dayside and in the nightside, and ionospheric convection and its relation to
the IMF.

We solicit papers that use observations and one or more models to
quantitatively explore the model - data agreement. The models and data sets
may be local or global, and can be employed to focus on any aspect of the
solar wind - magnetosphere - ionosphere - thermosphere coupling.  The
observations could be based on particular events as well as on characteristics
drawn from a survey of events.

Invited/Solicited Speakers: J. Birn, M. Brittnacher, P. Janhunen, M.
Lockwood, T. Ogino, P.Song


You can submit your abstract via the WWW or by E-mail. See

for detailed instructions.For more information, you can E-mail

or contact either of the Main Scientific Organizers of the Symposium

Tuija I. Pulkkinen                       Gordon Rostoker
Finnish Meteorological Inst.        Solar-Terrestrial Environment Lab.
Geophysical Research                Nagoya University
P.O.Box 503                             Honohara 3-13
FIN-00101 Helsinki                   Toyokawa 442-8507
Finland                                       Japan
tel:   358-9-1929 4654               tel: 81-533-89-5182
fax:   358-9-1929 4603              fax: 81-533-89-5090

5. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA EMITS

             (Open from 15/05/2000 to 17/07/2000, Act.Ref.: 99.1QP.02)

             (Open from 27/04/2000 to 23/07/2000, Act.Ref.: 00.1PC.01)
             (Open from 25/04/2000 to 06/06/2000, Act.Ref.: 00.1AE.01)

             (Open from 20/04/2000 to 21/06/2000, Act.Ref.: 00.187.01)

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
 Jinbin Cao, Chinese Space Weather Activity Representative
 Barbara Poppe, NOAA Space Environment Centre

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