Space Weather Euro News Vol.6 Issue 3 (04-02-2002)

Table of Contents: 
1. Space Weather Questionnaire for SpaceGRID
2. Proposal for a COST Action on Space Weather
3. World Space Congress space weather session abstract deadline
4. SPENVIS Workshop Announcement
5. NASA Sun Earth Connections Roadmap Planning: Invitation to Community
   Forum 4, 5 March 2002 (First Announcement)
6. Postdoctoral position at CDPP
7. Postdoctoral Research Opportunities in European Network
8. CNES-ONERA course on Prevention of Risks Related to S/C Charging
9. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA EMITS 

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1. Space Weather Questionnaire for SpaceGRID
From: Pierre Vielcanet 

** copy available at **

As announced by Dr BLELLY at the recent ESA Space Weather Workshop
(ESTEC on 18 December 2001), ESA has launched the SpaceGRID study aimed
at identifying the potential benefits of the Grid technology to the ESA community.
One area being considered by this study is space weather simulation.

As the space weather activity is growing up, there are increasingly needs for the 
development of models which have the capability to describe quantitatively the global 
solar-terrestrial system and every important subsystem as well (solar wind, magnetosphere,
ionosphere, atmosphere...).

Another important goal of the SpaceGRID study is to encourage the collaborative work
among people involved in modelling in order to facilitate the development of a European 
modelling capability addressing the Sun-Earth coupled system.

In order to evaluate these needs and assess the potential impact of the Grid technology on
current practices, CESR and CS Systèmes d'Information (members of the EsaGRID team)
generated a questionnaire.

The main aims of this questionnaire are therefore the evaluation of the interest and motivation
of the scientific community for such a coordinated effort and a contribution to the preliminary 
definition of the associated means.

Your participation to this preliminary effort, answering the SpaceGRID questionnaire
(please, not later than 25 February 2002), is seen as an important step to ensuring the ultimate
success of SpaceGRID.

On behalf of ESA, we thank you very much for your fruitful contribution.

Don't hesitate to contact us for any additional information you might need on this study.

Best regards.

CS Systèmes d'Information
rue Brindejonc des Moulinais
31506 TOULOUSE (France)

Direct dial  : (33) 5 61 17 66 78
Mobile phone : (33) 6 07 31 57 79

2. Proposal for a COST Action on Space Weather
From: Toby DG Clark 

Proposal for a COST Action on Space Weather

An initiative has been started by ESA's Space Weather Working Team to propose a 
COST Action on Space Weather. COST is an intergovernmental framework for
European Co-operation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research, allowing the
co-ordination of nationally funded research on a European level. COST Actions cover
basic and pre-competitive research as well as activities of public utility. Note that COST 
Actions only provide limited funding for activities associated with coordinating research.
There is no funding for the actual research work, which must be provided by funding 
organisations in participating countries.

The aim of the proposed Action is to coordinate the development of a European Space
Weather Service. To facilitate communication on this issue, a website has been set up at

The draft proposal is available from this website, and comments and input are requested 
from all interested parties. For the proposal to be considered in mid-April, we need to 
submit it by mid-March. Therefore the deadline for input to this proposal is 1 March 2002.

Drafting the proposal is being coordinated by Toby Clark at the British
 Geological Survey, Edinburgh ( Toby DG Clark; tel: +44 131 650

3. World Space Congress space weather session abstract deadline
From: Eamonn Daly

A session on "Space Weather: Research and Applications" is being jointly organised by 
COSPAR and IAF for the World Space Congress in Houston, 10-19 October 2002. 
Because it is a joint session papers can be submitted either through the IAC or COSPAR
procedures. However, the IAC deadline, 1 Feb has already past. The COSPAR absolute
deadline is 1 May but in order to make progress with the joint organisation of the session,
interested participants are encouraged to submit abstracts as early as possible.

The COSPAR website is at:
session description:

The IAC website is at

E. Daly (MSO COSPAR PSW1, co-chair, IAF 6.3,)
T. Onsager (Chair, COSPAR Panel on Space Weather, co-chair IAF 6.3) 
M. Romero (Chairperson IAF 6.3)

4. SPENVIS Workshop Announcement
From:  Hugh Evans

The SPace ENVironment Information System (SPENVIS), developed by BIRA-IASB
under ESA sponsorship, has provided a Web-based interface to models of  the space 
environment and its effects for more than five years to a  growing community of scientific,
engineering and educational users.

This workshop intends to bring together the user community, system developers and model 
developers. The workshop has two goals:

- to provide an opportunity for training in use and understanding of the models, and
- to evaluate the service and to define further developments of the system,

The first day will be dedicated to invited review presentations by model experts, in the form 
of a short course on the space environment and hazards to spacecraft systems, and the models 
available in SPENVIS for their assessment. Details of their physical basis, assumptions and use
will be provided.

For day two, we solicit users to present their applications of SPENVIS and an evaluation of
the capabilities and performance of the system. It is intended to assess user needs and review 
the state of the art of space environment models and tools.  As a result, we should have a good
understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of SPENVIS, and of present and future user 
needs. The resulting feedback will serve as a starting point for dedicated round table discussions 
on the third day, with the explicit goal of establishing a road map for the future of SPENVIS. 
An important  issue here is the future financial support: in order for the system to remain 
operational, income will have to be generated independently. Several options will be presented
in a dedicated discussion session: value added services, commercial licences for PC platforms,
advertising on the Web site, etc.

You are invited to submit presentation proposals, discussion topics, formats and any other 
suggestions to D. Heynderickx  as soon as possible.

The intention is to have plenty of interaction from participants and 
also to allow structured presentations. Short presentations 
(i.e., 15 minutes), posters and demonstrations are therefore welcome. 
PCs and internet connections will be available but be aware that the
ESTEC network firewall may prohibit some remote demonstrations.

Please see the workshop web site for further information

5. NASA Sun Earth Connections Roadmap Planning: Invitation to Community
    Forum 4, 5 March 2002 (First Announcement)
From: Pasters, Linda J (N-ATR)
Author: Stephen A Fuselier

This year, the Sun Earth Connections (SEC) Division will conduct its 3rd Roadmap exercise.
Every three years, the division must update its strategic plan, and the input to this plan comes
from the Roadmap Committee report. The strategic plan and the roadmap describe SEC 
science objectives and, ultimately, the SEC strategic missions (e.g., Stereo, Magnetospheric
Multiscale, Solar Dynamics Observatory) that address these science objectives. This year's 
SEC Roadmap Committee chair is Stephen Fuselier and its co-chair is Thomas Duvall.

The roadmap committee invites the SEC community to an open forum to be held in the vicinity
of the Goddard Space Flight Center (the location will be announced at a later date) on 
4, 5 March 2002.  The purpose of this two-day forum is to give the SEC community the
opportunity to provide direct input into the roadmap process.  The forum will begin with a 
one-day poster session focused on SEC science objectives, technology development, and
missions.  There will be no oral presentations.  Following the poster session, there will be a 
half-day of break-out sessions by discipline (solar, heliospheric, magnetospheric, ITM) to 
discuss SEC science objectives for the near, intermediate, and long-term.  The forum will 
conclude with presentations and community discussion of the results from the break-out

A website will be set up for registration (the no-cost registration site is required to reserve
poster space.

Poster presentations on SEC science objectives and research focus areas are solicited.  The 
current list of objectives with their research focus areas are listed in the Space Science
Enterprise Strategic Plan at


Posters may address (1) these science objectives and research focus areas (or their revision
or augmentation), (2) the technology and/or theory development required to achieve objectives,
or (3) missions that address specific focus areas.  In addition to the poster (standard AGU size,
4x8 feet), presenters are required to produce a two page summary of the poster for both 
(a) distribution on the roadmap website and
(b) to the community (bring copies to the poster presentation).  The first page of the summary 
must address the following issues (in the following order),
(1) the fundamental question that is addressed and 
(2) why this question is important, 
(3) the science objectives, 
(4) the mission (or technology, or science) description,
(5) the measurement strategies, and 
(6) the technology requirements.  The second page is optional, containing further explanation,
motivation, justification, etc. of the (required) first page.  Illustrations are allowed on either
page.  Examples will be placed on the registration website.

6. Postdoctoral position at CDPP
From: Christopher Harvey

Dear Colleague,

I wish to draw your attention to the postdoctoral research grant, funded by CNES for research
in association with the activities of the CDPP. For further details, please consult the CDPP web site
and select "Job Opportunities" on the home page (English or French).

Application forms may be obtained from Christopher Harvey or
Odette Etcheverry

Christopher C. Harvey
CDPP Project Scientist
CESR-CNRS, B.P. 4346
9, avenue du Colonel Roche

Tel :  + 33 561 556 160
Fax :  + 33 561 556 701

7. Postdoctoral Research Opportunities in European Network
From: Kristof Stasiewicz

Research Training Network "Turbulent Boundary Layers in Geospace Plasmas", sponsored
by the European Commission, invites applications for six postdoctoral positions at the following 

  1.. Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala, Sweden,
  2.. Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot, UK,
  3.. Ruhr Universitaet Bochum, Germany,
  4.. Space Research Centre, Warsaw, Poland,
  5.. Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie de l'Environment, Orleans, France,
  6.. Istituto di Fisica dello Spazio Interplanetario, Roma, Italy.

The main objective of the network is to study physical mechanisms for transport of mass, energy
and momentum at boundary layers which separate plasmas of different origin in geospace. The
network will use available measurements, notably those from the recent Cluster mission, to assess
the role of turbulence and other mechanisms in the transfer processes at the magnetopause. The
scientific research programmes are focused on space observations and their understanding by 
means of computer simulations and theoretical approaches. The research methods include modern 
techniques of data analysis and visualization, advanced analytical methods, multi-dimensional 
computer simulations for non-uniform magnetized systems, statistical approach to time series
analysis, and complex system physics.

The positions for postdocs are for one up to two years starting  September, 2002. In strongly
motivated cases, outstanding PhD students may be considered. More information on the network, 
application requirements and restrictions can be obtained from World Wide Web pages at Closing date for applications is March 30, 2002.

network coordinator
Kristof Stasiewicz (

8. CNES-ONERA course on Prevention of Risks Related to S/C Charging
From: Alain Hilgers 



8 - 12 April 2002 - TOULOUSE - FRANCE

CNES, the French Space Agency and ONERA are oganising a space technology course to
be held from 8 to 12 april 2002 in Toulouse-France, on the theme of the orbital environment. 
Special attention will be paid to the electrostatic charging of spacecraft, and the prevention 
of related risks. This course has been designed for:
- engineering and research professionals who wish to further their knowledge
- any person likely to play a role in the design, development, implementation or exploitation of 
a space system or project. Events affecting space programmes have shown that risks relating
to charged particles of the space environment are sometimes poorly controlled at project level.
This situation can have an adverse effect on availability and performance. The course will have 
a teaching staff including renowned specialists in the field and should enable a critical appraisal 
of the most recent data obtained by scientific experiments conducted for the benefit of technical 
research. The lectures will continue to focus on the main themes dealt with during the International
Course in space technology organised in 1996, and will cover the results obtained by space 
projects achieved since that date.

Jean-Pierre Catani  CNES
Manola Romero  ONERA/DESP

Jean-Jacques Berthelier  CETP
Daniel Boscher ONERA/DESP
Magdeleine Dinguirard ONERA/DESP
Robert Ecoffet  CNES
Alain Hilgers ESA/ESTEC
Dominique Lequeau  CESR
Denis Payan  CNES

Agnes Letraublon  CNES

Nadine Barriety ONERA
Christine Correcher  CNES
Jo'lle Guinle  CNES 
Alain Hilgers  ESA/ESTEC
Denis Payan  CNES
Chantal Tailhades  CTO

S. Bourdarie  ONERA/DESP
C. Berthou Alcatel Space Industries
J.P. Catani CNES
F. Darnon  CNES
D. Fontaine CETP
A. Hilgers ESA/ESTEC
P. Lantos  Observatoire de Paris-Meudon/DASOP 
P. Louarn  CESR
D. Payan  CNES
J.C. Pourtau  Alcatel Space Industries
J. Puech CNES
J.R. Sanmartin ETSIA-UPM
J.A. Sauvaud CESR
J. S¿rensen ESA/ESTEC
C. Theroude Astrium
P. Truscott QinetiQ 
V. Viel-Inguimbert ONERA/DESP

Monday April 8th 
8:00 - 10:00 :  Welcome and registration
10:00 - 11:00 : Opening speech G. Brachet, Director General, CNES
M. de Gliniasty, General Scientific Director, ONERA
J.J. Favier, Deputy Director for Space Technology, CNES
J.P. Jung,  Director of the Toulouse Center, ONERA
11:00 - 12:30 :  Spacecraft anomalies J.P. Catani (CNES)
12:30 - 14:00 :  Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 :  Sun, solar wind and effects on magnetosphere 
P. Lantos (Observatoire de Paris-Meudon / DASOP)
15:30 - 16:00 :  Coffee break
16:00 - 17:30 :  Magnetosphere and geomagnetic storms J.A. Sauvaud (CESR) 

Tuesday April 9th
9:00 - 10:30 :  Radiation belts and models S. Bourdarie (ONERA/DESP)
10:30 - 11:00 :  Coffee break 
11:00 - 12:30 :  Radiation interaction with matter P. Truscott (QinetiQ)
12:30 - 14:00 :  Lunch
14:00 - 15:00 :  Introduction to plasma physics Ph. Louarn (CESR)
15:00 - 16:00 :  Ionosphere D. Fontaine (CETP)
16:00 - 16:30 :  Coffee break
16:30 - 17:30 :  Charging model in low-altitude earth orbits J.F. Roussel (ONERA/DESP)

Wednesday April 10th 
9:00 - 10:00 :  Material charging L. Levy (ONERA/DESP) 
10:00 - 11:00 :  Internal charging J. Soerensen (ESA/ESTEC)
11:00 - 11:30 :  Coffee break
11:30 - 12:30 :  Irradiation facilities and tests V. Viel-Inguimbert / R. Reulet (ONERA/DESP)
12:30 - 14:00 :  Lunch 
14:00 - 17:30 :  Technical visits  Laboratory visit: "pole environnement spatial" CNES - ONERA

Thursday April 11th
9:00 - 10:00 :  Vacuum electrostatic discharges D. Payan (CNES)
10:00 - 11:00 :  Plasma electrostatic discharges D. Payan (CNES)
11:00 - 11:30 :  Coffee break
11:30 - 12:30 :  Gas discharges J. Puech (CNES) 
12:30 - 14:00 :  Lunch
14:00 - 15:00 :  Engineering and mitigation techniques
J.C. Pourtau / C. Berthou (Alcatel Space Industries) 
15:00 - 16:00 :  3-dimensional charging models Ch. Theroude (Astrium)
16:00 - 16:30 :  Coffee break
16:30 - 17:30 :  Coupling models and tests J.P. Catani (CNES)

Friday April 12th
9:00 - 10:00 :  Solar arrays arcing L. Levy (ONERA/DESP)
10:00 - 11:00 :  Active charging control and tethers J.R. Sanmartin (ETSIA/UPM)
11:00 - 11:30 :  Coffee break
11:30 - 12:30 :  Electrical propulsion F. Darnon (CNES)
12:30 - 14:00 :  Lunch
14:00 - 15:00 :  Solar and geomagnetic activity monitoring A. Hilgers (ESA/ESTEC)
15:00 - 16:00 :  In-Flight technological experiments J.P. Catani (CNES)
16:00 - 16:30 :  Conclusion and round table.


Campus de l'Institut Aeronautique et Spatial (I.A.S.)
Complexe scientifique de Rangueil
23, avenue Edouard Belin - BP 4013
31028 - Toulouse Cedex
Tel: +33(0)5 62 17 33 33

Working languages : English and French. Simultaneous translation will be available.

The course texts will be published in English by CNES and given out to attendees.

Registration fees: Course fees are 800 Euro or 300 Euro for students. These include 
the lectures, the course documents, coffee breaks and lunches.

Lunch: Lunches will be taken on the site of I.A.S.

Technical visits: Technical visits of laboratories "Space Environment pole" CNES-ONERA 
will take place on Wednesday afternoon, 10 April. The number of registered people for 
these visits is restricted to 40 persons because of the capacity of the installations.

Shuttle service: A bus will drive you from the meeting point down-town to the location of
the course, in the morning and in the evening. More information will be provided on the site.

Attendees are expected to pay their own accommodation. Considering the busy period 
with congresses in Toulouse, we recommend you to reserve your room as quickly as possible.
We have block-booked a number of hotel rooms in Toulouse for that period.
Thank you to reserve your room specifying "Space technology course".

¥ - Park Hotel ** 54 Euor (B&B)  13, rue d'Austerlitz - 31000 - Toulouse
tel : +33(0)5 61 21 25 97 - fax : +33(0)5 61 23 96 27
¥ - Ibis Toulouse Centre ** 68.50 EURO (B&B) 2, rue Claire Pauilhac - 31000 - Toulouse
tel : +33(0)5 61 63 61 63 - fax : +33(0)5 61 63 07 46
¥ - Hotel Wilson Square ** 47 EURO (B&B) 12, rue d'Austerlitz - 31000 - Toulouse
tel : +33(0)5 61 21 67 57 - fax : +33(0)5 61 21 16 23
¥ - Ours blanc Wilson ** 66 EURO (B&B) 2, rue Victor Hugo - 31000 - Toulouse
tel : +33(0)5 61 21 62 40 - fax : +33(0)5 61 23 62 34
¥ - Hotel Albert 1er **  58 EURO + petit dejeuner/breakfast 7.50 EURO
8, rue Rivals/7, rue J.F. Kennedy - 31000 - Toulouse
tel : +33(0)5 61 21 17 91 - fax : +33(0)5 61 21 09 64
¥ - Hotel de Paris *** 61 EURO (B&B) 18, allees Jean-Jaurs 31000 - Toulouse
tel : +33(0)5 61 62 98 30 - fax : +33(0)5 62 73 34 09
¥ - Grand hotel Capoul *** 101 EURO (B&B) 13, place President Wilson
31000 - Toulouse
tel : +33(0)5 61 10 70 70 - fax : +33(0)5 61 21 96 70
See hotels map on the web site.

If you need more information, please contact : Agnes Letraublon - CNES
Delegation la Communication et l'Education
18, avenue Edouard Belin
31401 Toulouse cedex 4
Tel. : +33(0)5 61 27 36 26
Fax : +33(0)5 61 28 29 39


Chantal Tailhades - CTO
11, rue du Senechal
31000 - Toulouse
Tel : 33 (0)5 61 12 15 29
Fax : 33 (0)5 61 12 15 39

Updated information on this course will be available on the internet at:

9. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA EMITS 

 (From 28/01/2002 to 11/03/2002, Act.Ref.: 01.197.02) 

 (From 20/12/2001 to 20/02/2002, Act.Ref.: 01.155.22) 

For the complete list of ESA Tender Actions see: 
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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) 
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  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, Meudon Observatory
  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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