Space Weather Euro News Vol.5 Issue 13 (4-10-2001)

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1. Discussion meeting at The Royal Society, London, 16-18 October 2001
2. Debris coordination meeting
3. FRench Online MAGnetic Extrapolations (FROMAGE)
4. Job vacancy at the Royal Observatory of Belgium
5. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA EMITS 
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1.   Discussion meeting at The Royal Society, London, 16-18 October 2001
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From: Andrew Coates 

Discussion meeting at The Royal Society, London, 16-18 October 2001 Registration 
deadline 5 October!!

The space environment is a multidisciplinary topic in science, applications and engineering,
covering exciting areas of high current interest including observing the Earth and planets, 
the sun-Earth connection, Earths environment in space, hazard warning and forecasting
and the underlying space and spacecraft technologies. There are natural connections
between these areas in terms of the scientific techniques and the space technology 
required. Some of the connections are only now being discovered and exploited, and
this discussion meeting will provide a timely focus for pursuing these further and 
identifying others.

The main goals of the meeting are to

       Identify links between different areas of science and technology
       Identify gaps in science, interpretation and applications
       Identify underlying technology

The meeting format will consist of 40 minutes talks by invited speakers 
(including discussion) for key topics, with poster presentation sessions
(including short plenary presentations) and panel discussions to encourage wide
participation.

The main topics of the meeting will be:

a. Observation of the Earth and other planets: climate change, ocean and sea bed
    studies, land use monitoring, Earth's atmosphere, lessons from other planets

b. Sun-Earth connection and the space environment: understanding the Sun,
    impacts on the near-Earth environment, the magnetosphere, Sun and climate, 
    space weather.

c. Hazard warning and forecasting for Earth and space: storm and severe 
    weather forecasting, space dust and debris, hydrology, air pollution

d. Space and spacecraft technologies: communications, navigation, cryogenics
    in space, spacecraft technologies, technology benefits for science and
    applications, software, formation flying, miniaturization, enabling role of satellites

Conference website is at
http://www.mssl.ucl.ac.uk/www_seminar/roy.html


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2. Debris coordination meeting
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From: Gerhard Drolshagen 

Dear colleagues,

It is planned to start a closer coordination in certain areas related to meteoroid and 
space debris impacts in space. This coordination is done within the Network of 
Centers (NoC) space debris project.

A first meeting will be held on

Wednesday, 7 November 2001 at ESTEC, starting at 9:00 in room Fresnel 2.

The following main subjects will be addressed:

In-situ impact detectors
Impact analyses of retrieved hardware
Related impact databases

The main objectives of the meeting are:

-- to exchange information on ongoing and planned activities
-- to discuss topics like:
   -- future technical/scientific developments
   -- future activities and funding sources
   -- specific activities for closer cooperations
   -- the form of a potential closer cooperation
   -- the future form of contacts and interactions
 

The goal of the activity is a better coordination of activities, facilities and the limited 
funding sources. This could e.g. be approached by a common strategy for the access 
of information and the exchange of available data and hardware. It could as well 
include coordination of future development activities and to some extend address
the distribution of tasks to avoid duplications. The coordination forum should be 
a place for open discussions and not an administrative exercise.

The coordination forum will be open to all interested experts in the field.

Please inform me whether you or one of your colleagues will attend the meeting 
and whether you agree to briefly present your ongoing activities or plans in the field.

Please note that ESA cannot provide financial support to attend this meeting.
 

with best regards,
                                    Gerhard Drolshagen

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3.  FRench Online MAGnetic Extrapolations (FROMAGE)
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From:   Guillaume Aulanier 

Most of the solar active phenomena which are important drivers of space weather are 
dominated by coronal magnetic fields. So the physical understanding of these 
phenomena, as well as their reliable prediction, requires the knowledge of these 
magnetic fields.

Unfortunately their direct measurement in the corona is very difficult. But maps of
photospheric and chromospheric magnetic fields do exist and are regularly obtained
from magnetographs, such as the ground-based franco-italian THEMIS telescope 
and the MDI instrument onboard the SoHO spacecraft. From the latter it is possible
to calculate theoretically the coronal magnetic fields, in the frame of several physical
approximations, such as the force free or the magnetohydrostatic fields. Such 
calculations are called ``magnetic field extrapolations''.

Both the international community of solar researchers and the 
Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) have shown a strong motivation for an 
easy access to magnetic field extrapolations. In order to satisfy this demand, the
``FRench Online MAGnetic Extrapolations'' (FROMAGE) web site has recently been 
developed under CNES funding, in the frame of a joint project between the 
Departement d'Astrophysique Solaire de l'Observatoire de Paris (DASOP) and the 
Centre de Physique Theoriquede l'Ecole Polytechnique (CPhT), to be incorporated
in the BASS 2000 solar database.

This new service will provide to non-specialists in extrapolation techniques the
possibility to retrieve, on line, the results from magnetic field extrapolations. 
Following a simple procedure which provides multiple optional choices, the users 
will have to send electronically a magnetogram to FROMAGE, whose team will 
take care of doing the requested extrapolation in short delays.

The french version of FROMAGE will be open on October 1st, 2001 on
http://www.dasop.obspm.fr/fromage, and its english version will soon be available.
On this occasion, a seminar will be given in DASOP for the presentation of FROMAGE.
 

Seminar information :
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Location : Observatoire de Meudon
           5 place Jules Janssen
           DASOP, Bdg 14, Room 103
           F-92195 Meudon
           France

Date :     October 5, 2001, 11:00 am

Speaker :  G. Aulanier ( +33 1 4507 7146)

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4.  Job vacancy at the Royal Observatory of Belgium
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From: David Berghmans 

Job vacancy for a university graduate

Development of mathematical techniques for the analysis of satellite images of the solar 
corona

The Solar Physics Department at the Royal Observatory of Belgium proposes to hire,
in collaboration with a Belgian university, a university graduate to develop mathematical
techniques (e.g. wavelets, segmentation) for the analysis of satellite images of the solar 
corona. The candidate is expected to conduct this project in the framework of a
Ph.D.

The job description and contact details can be found on the website job announcement:

http://sol.oma.be/Jobvacancy/jobvacancy.html

Please distribute this email within your institute and forward it to
interested colleagues.

With kind regards,

Pierre Cugnon
Erwin Verwichte
Jean-Francois Hochedez

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5. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA EMITS 
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AO3893
                        MINIATURISED STAR TRACKER FOR HARSH ENVIRONMENTS
                        (From 11/09/2001 to 26/10/2001, Act.Ref.: 01.160.48)

For more information and the complete List of ESA Tender Action please look at:

http://emits.esa.int/emits/owa/anonymous.main_menu

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