Space Weather Euro News Vol.6 Issue 4 (03-03-2002)

Table of Contents: 
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1. Space Weather Week 2002 (April 16-19, 2002) - Second Announcement
2. Exploring the near-Earth environment with radar
3. Call for Papers for 2002 Spring AGU Special Session SH02 - Operational
    Space Weather Products and Models

4. Job Announcement - Research Chair Position at the Institute of 
    Space and Atmosphere Studies University of Saskatchewan, Canada

5. ESA Invitation to Tender for Energetic Particle Shielding and 
    Interaction Software

6. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA EMITS 

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1. Space Weather Week 2002 (April 16-19, 2002)
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From: Terry Onsager

Space Weather Week 2002 (April 16-19, 2002) - Second Announcement

The annual Space Weather Week meeting will be held this spring on April
16-19 in Boulder, Colorado. Associated with recent solar activity,
numerous large solar and geomagnetic events have occurred, and a broad
range of impacts due to space weather have been reported. This year·s
meeting will focus on 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, geomagnetic storms
and their solar drivers, and radiation impacts on satellites and humans
in airlines and in space. We anticipate that representatives from
industries impacted by space weather will attend, including those from
electric power, commercial airline, satellite, and navigation/communication.
Among the questions that will be addressed are: what are the most important 
space weather impacts experience by commercial and government activities;
what information (data, models, climatology, nowcasts, predictions, etc.) is 
needed to mitigate or manage these impacts; and what research is being 
done or should be done to provide the needed information.  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 can be found at www.sec.noaa.gov/sww or under
Events/Announcements at the NOAA Space Environment Center home page
(www.sec.noaa.gov).

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2.  Exploring the near-Earth environment with radar
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From: Mike Rietveld 

Ground-based radars are used extensively to study the Earth's atmosphere and 
ionosphere. Scattering off neutral air irregularities is used to measure winds and 
turbulence in the mesosphere, stratosphere and  troposphere by MST radars.
HF and VHF radars using ionospheric reflections or scatter from electron density
irregularities are used to derive the structure and dynamics of the ionosphere from low 
to high latitudes. Meteor trail echoes are used to derive atmospheric parameters, but 
echoes from meteors and space debris are of great interest in themselves. Applying 
incoherent scatter theory to backscatter from powerful radars provides precise 
measurements of space plasma parameters. All these systems give long-term and often
highly detailed temporal and spatial measurements of the atmospheric and space 
environment and thereby are important detectors of space weather effects. Radars have
played and are playing important roles on spacecraft as well. We solicit papers 
describing results from radar studies as well as technical advances in radar hardware and 
software. We especially encourage papers emphasizing the use of radar for monitoring 
or predicting the impacts of space weather. Radar has a long history in Australasia and 
papers describing the historical aspects of radars in the Pacific region are also expected.

Abstracts are solicited for this special session of the AGU Western  Pacific Meeting, 
Wellington, New Zealand, 9-12 July 2002. The abstract deadline (with submission to AGU 
headquarters) is 15 March 2002 for abstracts not submitted electronically, or 22 March 2002 
by 1400 UTC for electronically submitted abstracts. Information on abstract submission,
registration, accommodation, etc., can be found on the AGU website at
http://www.agu.org/meetings (and then select Western Pacific Meeting).
Authors should also submit a copy of their abstract to the session convenors (provided below).

Conveners:          M. T. Rietveld, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Aeronomie,
                           37191 Katlenburg-Lindau, 37191 Germany,
                           Tel: +49 5556 979 234, Fax: +49 5556 979 240

                          M. Parkinson, La Trobe University, Department of Physics
                           La Trobe University VIC , 3086 Australia,
                           Tel: +61 3 9479 1433, Fax: +61 3 9479 1552

                          N. Sato, National Institute of Polar Research, 
                           1-9-10, Kaga,Itabashi-ku ,
                           173-8515 JPN, T, 1-9-10, Kaga, Itabashi-ku, 
                           Tokyo, 173-8515 JPN,
                           Tel: +81-3-3962-5874, Fax: +81-3-3962-5874

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3. Call for Papers for 2002 Spring AGU Special Session SH02 - Operational
   Space Weather Products and Models
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From: Stephen Quigley 

SH(02) Operational Space Weather Products and Models (joint with SA and SM)

A variety of space weather data and models are used as tools or direct drivers for operational 
products that, in their totality, encompass all venues (solar, interplanetary, magnetosphere, 
ionosphere, and neutral atmosphere) of the space environment.  These "operationally utilized" 
data, models, and products often represent the "bottom line" of what many researchers,
analysts, and engineers have accomplished.  It is important to understand the difference 
between the tools and the true end-user (customer) products, and to know which are truly 
operational.  This special session seeks to promote such distinction, along with information on 
current operational product use, development, and validation efforts - ultimately pointing out
which space environmental variables should be scrutinized for potential quantitative, qualitative,
or timeliness improvement.  Papers are invited on current or imminent operational space weather
products or tools, their direct use, indications of their accuracy (validation), and ideas on
how to make them better.

Conveners:

Stephen Quigley, Air Force Research Laboratory, AFRL/VSBX, c/o SMC Det
11/CIT, 1050 E. Stewart Ave, Peterson AFB, CO 80914-2902, tel: 719-556-2889,
fax: 719-556-8861, 

Christopher Balch, NOAA/SEC, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305-3328, tel:
303-497-5693, fax: 303-497-7392, 

The meeting takes place Tuesday through Friday, 28-31 May 2002 in Washington DC. 
The meeting's website is http://www.agu.org/meetings/sm02top.html , with an abstract 
submission box in it's upper right corner.  Questions about this specific special session can
be directed to either of the conveners, but abstract submissions must be made directly to
AGU via it's website or mail.

Please note the following ===IMPORTANT DEADLINES===:

Abstract deadline: 12 March (web), 5 March (post).

Student Travel Grant Application deadline: 12 March

Registration deadline: 29 April.

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4. Job Announcement - Research Chair Position at the Institute of 
   Space and Atmosphere Studies University of Saskatchewan, Canada
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From: Alan Manson 

CANADIAN RESEARCH CHAIRS (CRC) in ISAS 
www.chaires.gc.ca/english/program/guide

A Tier 2 position (a 'rising star', Associate Professor level) within this prestigious national
program may become available in 1 - 2 years. This person should have a mature research 
program in the atmospheric or space science areas, and the ability to engage in multi-disciplinary 
research eg. with engineers or environmental scientists. The position would probably be in the 
University's 'environmental sciences' theme, so that involvement with 'global climate change', 
or with 'space weather' and its impact upon communications, energy systems and tropospheric 
weather/climate, would be very advantageous.

Interested persons should contact the ISAS Chair fairly promptly, preferably with a short CV 
and a brief summary (1 page) of their Research interests and ability to complement the ISAS 
programs described above.

Professor Alan Manson, Chair
Institute of Space and Atmospheric Studies
University of Saskatchewan
116 Science Place
Saskatoon, SK   S7N 5E2
Fax: (306) 966-6428

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5. ESA Invitation to Tender for Energetic Particle Shielding and 
   Interaction Software
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From: Petteri Nieminen 

An ESA Invitation to Tender for Energetic Particle Shielding and Interaction Software, based 
on the Geant4 toolkit (http://wwwinfo.cern.ch/asd/geant4/geant4.html), has been opened. 
This activity comprises of two parts: a main development for a range of future ESA missions, 
particularly in the domain of Science; and an Announcement of Opportunity for a number of
smaller side-activities. Developments are invited especially in the following areas:

- Hadron (proton/neutron/ion) interactions at intermediate energies for Single Event Effects and
   astronaut hazards analysis
- Low-enrgy coupled electron-photon transport to allow analysis of charging, detector
   background and operation, etc., including capabilities for instrument development
- Detailed research on detector radiation background 
- Detailed applications to address potential problems on specific future ESA missions
- Implementation and improvement of general capabilities, including general event-scoring 
  algorithms, statistical variance reduction techniques, adjoint Monte Carlo methods, and 
  interfaces with the STEP standard
- Validation of the code both through comparison with experimental data and other codes
- Other developments and applications considered relevant for enhanced utilisation of Geant4 in 
   space applications

For more details, see the EMITS system: 
http://emits.esa.int/emits/owa/EMITS_ONLINE.LEFT_ANONYMOUS

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6. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA EMITS 
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AO4085 MAGNETOSPHERIC PROPULSION FOR SCIENCE EXPLORATION
          (From 26/02/2002 to 19/04/2002, Act.Ref.: 01.1EM.17) 

  AO4137 NEAR EARTH OBJECTS SPACE MISSION PREPARATION
          (From 28/01/2002 to 18/03/2002, Act.Ref.: 01.197.02) 

  AO4051 SPACE SCIENCE RELATED DEVELOPMENTS AND APPLICATIONS OF GEANT4
          (From 15/02/2002 to 12/04/2002, Act.Ref.: 01.160.65) 

  AO3867 ENERGETIC PARTICLE SHIELDING AND INTERACTION
          (From 15/02/2002 to 12/04/2002, Act.Ref.: 01.160.37) 

  AO4148 MANUFACTURING AND TESTING OF AN ENTRANCE SYSTEM/ENERGY ANALYSER OF 
  THE PLASMA AND SUPRA THERMAL ION COMPOSITION
          (From 15/02/2002 to 03/04/2002, Act.Ref.: 01.1PU.03) 

  AO4068 PROCESSING, ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION OF DATA FROM IMPACT DETECTORS
  (From 23/01/2002 to 22/03/2002, Act.Ref.: 01.1EM.11) 

  For a complete listing see http://emits.esa.int

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 Note: This newsletter is an initiative of the ESA Space Environments
and Effects Analysis Section ( http://www.estec.esa.nl/wmwww/wma) 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, Paris-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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http://www.estec.esa.nl/wmwww/spweather/NEWSLETTER/newsletter.html

http://www.lund.irf.se/HeliosHome/SWEN/spweuro.html
 

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