Space Weather Euro News Vol.5 Issue 17 (11-12-2001)

Table of Contents: 
1. Space Weather Workshop: Looking Towards a European Space Weather 
   Programme 17-19th December 2001, ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands
   Agenda now Available
2. News from Lund Space Weather Center
3. Announcement and Call for Abstracts for the April 2002 EGS Session 
   ST2 "Space Weather"
4. Announcement and Call for Abstracts for the April 2002 EGS STEREO 
5. Space Weather Week 2002, April 16-19, 2002
6. Post-Doctoral position at the CPA (K.U.Leuven, Belgium)
7. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA EMITS 

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1. Space Weather Workshop: Looking Towards a European Space Weather 
    Programme 17-19th December 2001, ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands
    Agenda now Available
From: Alexi Glover 

** Agenda Now Available **

Participants who have not yet registered are requested to do so at their earliest 
convenience by completing the online registration form, or contacting the ESTEC 
Conference Bureau directly:

ESTEC Conference Bureau, P.O. Box 299, 2200 AG Noordwijk,The Netherlands 
Fax: +31 (0)71-565 5658, e-mail:

The term "Space weather" refers to conditions on the Sun and in the solar wind, 
magnetosphere, ionosphere and thermosphere that affect the performance and the 
reliability of technological systems on Earth and in space. In addition, these conditions 
may affect human life of health. 

In the light of recently completed ESA studies conducted by Alcatel Space and 
Rutherford Appleton Laboratories, this workshop aims to provide a forum in which
both recent scientific and technical advances relating to Space Weather can be 
presented and discussed. In addition, the workshop will focus on the implementation
of a European Space Weather programme. Future ESA Space Weather activities 
and possibilities for international collaboration will also feature prominently in the 

A European Space Weather programme would provide the capacity to supply  
European based Space Weather services to a wide variety of users including: 

      Spacecraft industry; 
      Users and providers of positioning systems; 
      Scientific community. 
      Airline companies; 
      Oil and mineral industries; 
      Electric power industry; 
      Telecommunications companies; 
      Educational sector (establishment school, media, etc.) 
      Security Forces 

Contributions from users in all of the above areas are welcomed in oral or poster
format. The results of this workshop will represent a very important element in 
deciding on the way forward for any European Space Weather Programme. 

2.  News from Lund Space Weather Center (LSWC:
From: Henrik Lundstedt 

Within the ESA Space Weather Programme Study, and the consortium led by Alcatel 
Space Industry (, 
a prototype "Real-Time Forecast Service of Space Weather and Effects Using 
Knowledge-Based Neurocomputing" has been developed by the Lund group. The 
software package has been developed in Java. A data base, updated with latest space 
weather data, has also also been written in Java. A version of the forcast service is now 
available at
Images of an extended version is also available on that site.

Another ESA funded project has resulted in a software package named Satellite 
Anomaly Analysis and Prediction System (SAAPS). The software has been developed
in Java. SAAPS contains a database of space weather data that is updated in real time,
tools for plotting and analysing data, and tools for the prediction of specific satellite
anomalies. The prediction models have been developed for a set of geostationary 
satellites suffering from internal charging and surface charging anomalies. The prediction
models can be run on both historic data and real time data providing nowcasting and
forecasting of the anomalies. In the future we plan to merge SAAPS into the ESA 
Space Weather Programme Study prototype. SAAPS is described in more detail at

Regional Warning Center in Sweden (RWC-Sweden:
of ISES is  run by LSWC.

At LSWC, we have developed neural-network based models for the Dst index during 
over 10 years. Given observed solar-wind parameters, the Dst index is predicted with 
dynamic networks approximately an hour ahead. Such models are interesting because
they provide a description of the ring-current dynamics. They have also gained in 
importance since many models tend to be parameterized in Dst, rather than some 
other geomagnetic index. Forecasts of the Dst index based on the Lund Dst model is now 
available at the LSWC web site (
The output of three alternative Dst models are also provided for direct comparison, 
and an evaluation based on historical data can be found at the web site.

The real time forecast of the Kp index has been running now for more than a year.
The model uses ACE solar wind data as input and produces real time nowcast and 
3-hour forecast of Kp. The forecasts are published at
together with the latest estimated Kp from SEC. The model is described in the article 
"Real time Kp predictions from solar wind data using neural networks" by Boberg, 
Wintoft, and Lundstedt, Phys. Chem. Earth, Vol 25, pp. 275-280, 2000.

Henrik Lundstedt
Swedish Institute of Space Physics
Lund, Sweden

3.  Announcement and Call for Abstracts for the April 2002 EGS Session 
     ST2 "Space Weather"
From: Hannu Koskinen 

Session ST2 Space Weather

Convener:            H. Koskinen 
Co-Conveners:    V. Bothmer
                           T. Fuller-Rowell 
                           J. Lastovicka

During last few years space weather has stabilized its place as a vital multidisciplinary topic
within the solar-terrestrial physics. It has been very successful in bringing together scientists 
interested in different parts of the physical sequence from the Sun through solar wind and 
magnetosphere down to the surface of the Earth and enhanced dialogue between space 
science and engineering communities. In this symposium we wish to strengthen this positive
trend and encourage submission of presentations that address the interconnections between
various domains in the solar-terrestrial environment, in particular, during the severe space
weather events around the recent solar maximum. Time will also be allocated for presentations
of international approaches to space weather systems.

Notice the ABSTRACT DEADLINE 11 January 2002

Details about how to submit an abstract and registration information can be found on:

Please send an electronic copy of your abstract to 

Hannu Koskinen, Professor in Space Physics
University of Helsinki, Department of Physical Sciences
P.O.Box 64, FIN-00014 University of Helsinki, Finland
tel:    (+358) 9 191 50675
fax:    (+358) 9 191 50610

4. Announcement and Call for Abstracts for the April 2002 EGS STEREO 
From: Volker Bohmer 

First Announcement and Call for Abstracts for 2002 EGS General Assembley

Session ST21 "Stereoscopic observations of the Sun and the inner heliosphere"

Convener: V. Bothmer, Co-Conveners: R.A. Harrison, M. Pick, G.M. Simnett

The NASA STEREO mission, to be launched in 2005, will provide the first stereoscopic 
observations of the Sun and Inner Heliosphere. STEREO's major scientific objective is to
significantly advance our understanding of the origin, evolution and 3D structure of coronal mass ejections, their interaction with the interplanetary medium and terrestrial environment and their 
prime role in accelerating energetic particles. The two STEREO spacecraft will provide a 
unique set of remote sensing and in situ measurements, i.e. detect CMEs and sample their
consequences in situ.For the first time STEREO will provide detailed views of Earthward-
directed CMEs. Modeling the structure, evolution and dynamics of the solar and interplanetary
magnetic field is of specific importance for the interpretation of the different observations. 
The session focusses on contributions related to these key scientific objectives. Results from 
past (e.g., Helios) as well as on-going space missions (SOHO, Yohkoh, Ulysses, WIND, 
ACE, etc.), from ground-based observations as well as theoretical research are of special
importance in this context. Contributions on image reconstruction techniques and stereoscopic
data analysis tools applicable for the various data sets are especially welcome.

The session will consist of both oral and poster presentations.

Abstracts should be submitted to the EGS Office, with copies to the conveners:

Dr. Volker Bothmer
Max-Planck-Institut für Aeronomie
Max-Planck-Str. 2
D-37191 Katlenburg-Lindau

Tel. +49-5556-979-409
fax. +49-5556-6409

Professor Richard A. Harrison
Space Science and Techgnology Department
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Chilton, Didcot, Oxfordshire OX11 0QX, UK

Tel. +44-1235-44-6884
fax. +44-1235-44-6667

Dr. Monique Pick
Observatoire de Meudon
5 Place Janssen
92190 Meudon

Tel.  +33-145-07-7811
fax: +33-145-07-7959

Professor George M. Simnett
Department of Physics and Astronomy,
University of Birmingham, B15 2TT,  UK
Tel: 44 121 414-6469
Fax: 44 121 414 3722

5. Space Weather Week 2002  (Conference Scheduled for April 16-19, 2002)
From: Terry Onsager

The 2002 Space Weather Week conference will be held this spring on April 16-19, 2002 in
Boulder, Colorado.  This year·s meeting will focus on the recent solar and geomagnetic activity,
and will cover the specific space weather impacts and our scientific understanding of this activity.
The conference program will highlight recent space weather impacts in several areas of the
environment, including ionospheric disturbances, satellite drag, auroral currents, geomagnetic
storms and their solar drivers, radiation belts, and solar energetic particles.  We anticipate that 
representatives from industries impacted by space weather will attend, including those from 
electric power, commercial airlines, satellite operations, and navigation/communications. 
Space Weather Week 2002 is co-organized by the NOAA Space Environment Center, the 
Air Force Research Laboratory, the NSF Division of Atmospheric Science, and the NASA 
Sun-Earth Connection Program.  Further details regarding the meeting agenda and travel details 
will be announced in the near future. Check our Website for updates:

6. Post-doctoral position at the CPA (K.U.Leuven, Belgium)
From: Stefaan Poedts 

At the Centre for Plasma Astrophysics (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium) there is an
immediate opening for a post-doctoral researcher for two years in the framework of an ESA  
Prodex 6 project on the 'Solar Drivers of Space Weather' and a FWO project on the 
development and application of novel numerical methods for astophysical flows.

The succesful candidate will contribute to a project on 2D and 3D numerical MHD simulations
of solar and interplanetary plasma flows using a new multi-D shock-capturing MHD code on
unstructured grids which is being developed in collaboration with Prof.Dr. H. Deconinck
(von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Belgium).

The applications include solar wind modeling, coronal mass ejections (initiation, shock formation
and propagation), and complex IP shock interactions and interactions of CMEs/magnetic clouds
with the magnetospheric bow shock.

This work will be conducted in the context of an international collaboration on Space Weather
with European and American research teams. Short- and/or long-term visits to the collaborating
groups (e.g. Meudon (Paris, F), Rijnhuizen (NL), ...) will be encouraged but not imposed.

You will be employed by the KULeuven for a fixed period of two years. Your salary will be
depending on your level of experience with a minimum gross salary of 3250 Euro/month.
A working budget is available for attending international conferences, study visits, publications, 

- PhD in physics, mathematics or computational sciences
- experience with simulation techniques in MHD is an advantage
- knowledge of theory and observations of space plasma flows is
  an advantage
- a collaborative spirit is required since the candidate will have
  to collaborate closely with the other post-docs and research
  students in the project

Interested candidates should send or Email their CV, a short
statement of research interests and two recommendation letters
ASAP to:

Stefaan Poedts
CPA, K.U.Leuven
Celestijnenlaan 200B
3001 Leuven
Tel: + 32 16 32 70 23
Fax: + 32 16 32 79 98

More details on the conditions and on the projects can
be obtainded from Stefaan Poedts.

7. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA EMITS 

        (From 05/12/2001 to 05/02/2002, Act.Ref.: 00.1GU.01) 

For the complete list of ESA Tender Actions see: 


Note: This newsletter is an initiative of the ESA Space Systems Environment Analysis Section
and is a prototype mailing list intended to
provide a forum for information posting news of interest to the Space Weather community
in Europe.

- SWEN contact group (keeping SWEN informed of news 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, IWF Graz, Austria
  Jinbin Cao, Chinese Space Weather Activity Representative
  Barbara Poppe, NOAA Space Environment Centre

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