Space Weather Euro News Vol.4 Issue 21 (20-12-2000) 

Table of Contents: 
****************************************************************** 1.SIDC: Solar Influences Data analysis Center
3.Workshop on the Utilisation of a future ESA space weather Service 
4.Job opportunity at theToulouse Space Center of CNES (France)
5.International Reference Ionosphere IRInfo No. 20,December 8, 2000
6.Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA EMITS
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1. SIDC: Solar Influences Data analysis Center
From: David Berghmans                 e-mail:

Since  the  beginning of   this  year, the  activities   of the  Solar Influences   Data  analysis  Center   (SIDC,  hosted   by  the   Royal Observatory  of Belgium)  havebeen significantly extended. The SIDC activities now include:

* the World data center for the Sunspot Index The SIDC was founded  in
1981  to  continue  the  work of  the  Zurich  Observatory,  when this
institution decided to stop publishing the sunspot number. Since then, the SIDC publishes monthly  the international sunspot number  based on more  than  40  observing stations  worldwide  and  calibrated to  the original  Zurich  scaling.  We  compute  the  daily,  monthly,  yearly international sunspot numbers, with
middle range predictions (up to 12 months).

* Regional  Warning  Center of  the  International  Space Environment Service (ISES) Recently,  the Space Weather  forecast center of  Paris -Meudon was transferred  and added to  the activities of  the SIDC. As such, the SIDC has now officially become a Regional Warning Center  of the ISES.  Data, forecasts  and fast  warnings are  exchanged over the ISES network (central hub: SEC,  Boulder) and made available each  day to a few hundred users.

* Space weather research center. To support the operational  forecast  center,  we are  developing  new  space weather prediction techniques. A European network  was set up for large  scale MHD  simulations  that  model the  space  environment  from the  solar surface  to beyond  1AU. The  Belgian image  archive  of  the Extreme Ultraviolet  Imaging  Telescope  (EIT,  on  board  SoHO)  is  used for statistical  analysis  of  the  occurrence  of  space  weather related phenomena  such  as  flares,  CMEs  and  coronal  holes. 

The   coming months/years  we will  continue building  the SIDC  as an  operational space  weather  forecast  center.  There  are  currently  4   post-doc positions available ( to work in the
network  mentioned above.  Consult our  website  to
follow our progress or to register (free of any charge) as a new user of our data products.

From Karine Bocchialini                       e-mail:

Dear colleague, We are pleased to announce that MEDOC Archive for SOHO
has  been  open  since  October 15.All  information  can  be  found at
(select Archive Access), from your Web browser.
The following instrument files are currently available:

Instrument          Latest Data 
CDS            July 06, 2000
MDI            December 31, 1999 
CELIAS      July 21, 2000
SUMER      August 31, 1999 
SWAN        June 24, 1998
EIT             July 31, 2000 
UVCS         February 14, 1997
GOLF         June 24, 1998 
VIRGO       July 31, 2000
LASCO      June 24, 1998

Data  sets will  be updated  as frequently  as possible.  Please send comments or questions to
Best regards, Jean-Claude Vial, Karine Bocchialini, Isabelle Scholl--

3. Workshop on the Utilisation of a future ESA space weather Service
From: A. Hilgers                                                 e-mail:

A workshop on  the Utilisation of  a Future ESA  Space Weather Service took place at ESTEC (Noordwijk, The Netherlands) on 12 December  2000.
In advance of the workshop, a preliminary draft document was  prepared by ESA  where some  key parameters  on the  evaluation of the economic impact  of   space  weather   were  identified.   Although  this  very preliminary analysis  allowed the  establishment of  some figures  for some sectors, the workshop was an opportunity for lively discussion to more firmly bracket these economic data. Participants agreed to review the preliminary list of parameters and to provide new figures whenever possible. Material  presented at  the workshop,  and an  update of the table  of the  economic impacts,  will be  posted on  the web  during January 2001 
(cf: ) .

4. Job opportunity at theToulouse Space Center of CNES (France)
From: Christopher Harvey                                   e-mail:

Within  the Systems  and Projects  Division of  CNES, the  Space Data Management and Exploitation Department  is responsible for the  study, design and  development of  both systems  and services  related to the preservation and exploitation of data from space experiments.  It also provides technical support for the Plasma Physics Data Centre  (CDPP).
ENGINEER  IN  SPACE  DATA  MANAGEMENT  The  overall  objective  is the preservation,  distribution  over the  Internet,  and exploitation  of space  data.   This  requires   the  application  of  several   recent developments in information technology, including : 
*       Use of the XML metalanguage to preserve documentary information ; 
*       Development of software for creating archival XML structures from documents existing in PDF, Word 97 or other formats ;
*       Study and testing of XSL techniques for the visual display of XML documents.
The results of this work will be applied to recent scientific and technical documents, as  well as  older documents  which exist  only in hardcopy   format.The  Plasma Physics  Data Centre  (CDPP), whose long-term role is  to      preserveand make  available data and  documents resulting from space missions,  willbe the main field of  application.
The long-term  objective is  to develop  a complete  system, including rules   of   organisation,  applicable   procedures   and    technical facilities which will enable the projects concerned to produce  directly documents in an perennial format.
This post will appeal to an engineer from a Grande Ecole (MSc in science and technology) or equivalent, with specialisation in information technology and, if possible, previous experience in the field of New Information Technologies.  Fluency in English is essential.  Autonomy, a faculty for analysis and synthesis, and anability to work in a team are the main qualities required for this position.  The candidate must have European Union nationality. 
For further information, please contact : -

5. International Reference Ionosphere IRInfo No. 20,December 8, 2000
From: Dieter Bilitza                                            E-mail:

Workshop announcement  and Call  for Papers  URSI/COSPAR INTERNATIONAL REFERENCE IONOSPHERE WORKSHOP -  Modeling the Low Latitude  Ionosphere Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE), Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil  June   25-29,  2001The   URSI/COSPAR  Working   Group  on  the International Reference  Ionosphere (IRI)  will hold  its next  annual workshop at the  Instituto Nacional de  Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE)  in Sao Jose dos Campos,  Brazil, from June 25  to 29, 2000. 
These  annual  meetings are  the primary  venue for  improvements and  refinements of this  international  standard representation  of  ionospheric electron density, electron temperature,  ion composition, ion  temperatures and
ion drift. The special  emphasis of the 2001  Workshop will be on  (1)
the  specification  of  the  low  latitude  ionosphere,  and  (2)  the inclusion  of Spread  F occurrence  statistics in  IRI. Empirical  and theoretical  studies related  to all  aspects of  the IRI  effort are welcome.  Of  special  interest  are  papers  that  indicate potential improvements of IRI  in the low  latitude and equator  anomaly region, e.g., statistical studies of the variation and variability of  equator anomaly parameters,  regional models,  or updating  with measurements.
Proposals for inclusion of  additional parameters and features  in IRI are solicited. As usual there  will be one session on  applications of the IRI model  in science, engineering  and education. 
It  is expected that selected papers  from the meeting  will be  published  in Advances inSpace Research. 
Organizing Committee:   M. Abdu  (INPE), D. Bilitza (RITSS),  I.  Batista  (INPE), J.H.A.  Sobral  (INPE;  Chair of  Local Organizing  Committee)  Program  Committee:   B.  Reinisch  (USA),  D. Bilitza (USA), K. Oyama (Japan), K. Rawer (Germany), M. Abdu (Brazil), S.  Radicella (Italy/Argentina),  P.  Bradley  (U.K.),  S.   Pulinets (Russia), I. Batista (Brazil), H.Chandra (India) 
Abstracts are due  by JANUARY 31, 2001.  Please include title,  author(s), address with  Fax and   e-mail   and   send   by   e-mail   to    and The length of the whole abstract should not  be
more than one page. This announcement and future updates can be  found
at More
information about the IRI project and past IRI workshops can be  found
The homepage ofthe nstituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais is at

6. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA EMITS 
(From 05/12/2000 to 31/01/2001, Act.Ref.: 00.153.01)

(From 06/12/2000 to 15/02/2001, Act.Ref.: 00.1CA.27) 

AO3639 RECEIVER PROCESSING TECHNIQUES FOR ADVANCED NAVIGATION APPLICATIONS                                                       
(From 13/12/2000 to 01/03/2001, Act.Ref.: 99.1CA.05) 

AO3594 OPERATION OF THE ESRIN MULTIMISSION CENTRAL FACILITY IN THE  TIMEFRAME 2001-2006                                           
(From 15/12/2000 to 15/02/2001, Act.Ref.: 00.181.01) 

For more information and the complete List of ESA Tender Action 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 Programme Directorate 
 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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