Space Weather Euro News Vol.6 Issue 5 (12-03-2002)

Table of Contents: 
1. Public Awareness of Space Weather: Space Weather at the ESTW 4-10 November 2002
2. Call for Papers for 2002 Western Pacific Geophysics Meeting Special Session SA01: 
     Relativistic Electron Dynamics: Focus on Losses
3. SPIE's Conference "Innovative Telescopes and Instrumentation for Solar Astrophysics (AS20)"
4. Call for Ideas: Spacecraft Platform Elements and Technology Experiments for PROBA II
5. Invitation to Tender: European Options for Exploration Missions
6. Invitation to Tender: Radiation Environment Research from Multiple Monitors
7. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA EMITS 

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1.  Public Awareness of Space Weather: Space Weather at the 
     ESTW 4-10 November 2002
From: F. Jansen 

Just after space weather studies were finished for ESA by two European consortia (led 
respectively by Alcatel-Space and RAL) the EU embarked on a project called 
"Space Weather" to raise public awareness of space weather in Europe. The aim of this
project is to illustrate to the general public, organisations, industry and governments the 
impacts of space weather on every day life. Scientists (e.g. from DLR, ESA, FMI, IRF,
MPE, MPAe), journalists, managers from industry and new media experts from Germany, 
Finland, France, Sweden and Switzerland are working together in space weather as part 
of this EU project. This consortium will produce the following for the 2002 European 
Science and Technology Week (ESTW, 4 - 10 November 2002):

-   a space weather forum,
-   an interactive CD-Rom and video, 
-   a travelling exhibition, 
-   a planetarium show and 
-   a spark chamber for cosmic rays.

The highlight of the week will be the space weather forum at the Zeiss-Grossplanetarium 
Berlin (4 November 2002) with direct video links to the ISS and space weather experts.
The entire forum will be produced as a TV-stream, available in real time to TV and
internet viewers. Posters, flyers and other PR material related to ESTW (available from 
the EU in 11 official EU languages) and space weather itself (from ESA) will also be freely 

The consortium would welcome your attendance and participation in the 2002 ESTW event
from 4 to 10 November 2002. In addition, in order to assist with the preparation of PR 
material, the consortium invites the readers of SWEN to contribute with:

- movies, 
- images, 
- effects and 
- stories 

relating to space weather. This might include any or several of the following topics:

   physics/space science; aftercast/nowcast/forecast of space weather storms; 
   cosmic rays; polar lights; historical aspects (including early solar 
   observations/instruments); risks for electronics, space flight, aviation, 
   telecommunication, navigation, electric power transmission, oil and gas 
   industry, railways; effects on climate; insurance; media coverage; webpages 
   and others

The best movies, images, effects and stories will be selected for a CD-Rom and video, the 
exhibition and the planetarium show! It is foreseen that ESTW/Space Weather events will 
be organised in institutions, science museums, schools and planetariums all over Europe in
a similar manner to the "Sun-Earth-Day" jointly celebrated by ESA and NASA in April 2001 
in both Europe and the USA. 

For further details about ESTW/Space Weather 2002, contributions to the space weather 
CD-Rom and video, the exhibition and/or the planetarium show please contact:

Dr. Frank Jansen 
University of Greifswald 
Institute for Physics 
Project WWW - WeltraumWetterWarte Greifswald 
(Space Weather Observatory) 
Domstr. 10 a 
17489 Greifswald 
tel +49-3834-864774 
fax +49-3834-864701

For more information related to 
- previous ESTW  see in 
- Sun-Earth-Day in 2001 see in 

2.  Call for Papers for 2002 Western Pacific Geophysics Meeting Special
     Session SA01: Relativistic Electron Dynamics: Focus on Losses
From:  Reiner Friedel 

A special session on Relativistic Electron Dynamics: Focus on Losses will be held at the 
2002 Western Pacific Geophysics Meeting,Wellington, New Zealand, 9-12 July 2002.

An increasing number of in-situ observations of the relativistic electron radiation belts from 
missions such as POLAR, GEOTAIL, Akebono, EXOS-D, SAMPEX, GPS, Los Alamos 
Geosynchronous Satellites, and HEO have lead to a revival of interest in understanding the
transport, acceleration and loss mechanisms governing the dynamics of relativistic electrons 
in the outer radiation belts. Because of their potentially damaging effects on spacecraft and 
on humans in space, detailed understanding of the dynamics of these particles is clearly
of interest for space weather applications. However, many details relating to the rapid time 
scales of both relativistic electron loss and enhancement have not yet been fully explained. 
For example, one of the problems of characterizing relativistic electron enhancements
observed during the recovery phase of magnetic storms is the definition of a "starting point" 
to the enhancement. Also, recent work has shown that strong losses of relativistic electrons 
are common during the storm main-phase and that pre-storm and post-storm flux levels of 
relativistic electrons are not well correlated. It seems that the post-storm flux levels are 
determined by strong competition between loss and transport/acceleration mechanisms. 
Without a detailed understanding of the loss mechanisms it will be impossible to fully
understand the observed enhancements or lack thereof. This session welcomes presentations
on observational and theoretical work on relativistic electron dynamics in the inner
magnetosphere with focus on losses. We encourage in particular ground-based or 
balloon-based observations of relativistic electron precipitation events around storm main 
phase, and studies which compare the effects of loss processes with competing transport
and acceleration processes.

Apart from the focus on losses the session will consist of invited talks and contributed 
presentations in any area relevant to relativistic electron dynamics in the inner magnetosphere.

Fully and recenlty updated information is now available on the AGU web site at

The important dates for this meeting are:
. 15 March 2002: Deadline for receipt of the Postal/Express Mail Abstracts
. 22 March 2002 (1400 UT): Deadline for receipt of the Electronic Abstract
. 31 May 2002: Pre-registration and housing deadlines

Student Travel Grants can be applied for at the AGU web site at
22 March 2002: Application Dealine for student travel grants

Co-organizers of the Session SA01 are: R  Friedel (USA), A. Chan (USA),
T. Obara (Japan), and C. Rodger (NZ).

3. SPIE's Conference "Innovative Telescopes and Instrumentation for 
    Solar Astrophysics (AS20)"
From: Avakyan S.V. 

We have a new, extended period of SPIE's Conference "Innovative Telescopes and 
Instrumentation for Solar Astrophysics (AS20)", Hawaii. Instead of August, 22, 23 this has 
been changed to 24, 25, 26, 27 and 28 August, 2002.

This conference will provide a forum for discussing planned solar telescopes and instruments 
and innovative ideas for the future for both space and ground based measurements. The 
conference includes in particular the following Space Weather related topics:

-- space observatories and experiments (for example, resent results from
   solar telescopes in space - e.g., TRACE, SOHO),
-- imaging coronal mass ejections,
-- imaging spectrometers, 
-- high resolution radio spectrometers, high resolution (spatial and spectral) 
   coronal studies, 
-- EUV/UV imaging, 
-- spectroscopy and detectors, 
-- cleanliness requirements for solar space missions.

For further information or to submit an abstract visit the SPIE web site at: 
for information about the symposium in general and:
for information about the solar conference.

If you have questions about the conference please contact the chairs of the AS20 Conference 
Steve Keil(National Solar Observatory, USA) at 505 434-7039 and Sergey Avakyan (Vavilov 
State Optical Institute, Russia) 

4. Call for Ideas: Spacecraft Platform Elements and Technology Experiments for PROBA II
From: A. Hilgers 

The above call for ideas is now available via the ESA EMITS site. The
document can be downloaded directly from:

From: E. Daly

This activity seeks to define the technologies needed for manned solar system exploration. It is
in the form of an announcement of opportunity identifying several technology domains of interest. 
The Space Weather community should note that one of the domains is Crew and Life Support 
Aspects, within which "Radiation Protection" is one. Responses, to a value of 40kEuro, are 
expected in the areas of:

- Protection strategies,
- Analysis of requirements for monitoring,
- Modelling of the environment and shielding during design ,
- Development of a space weather warning system,
- Investigation of environments and effects in example scenarios and 

The AO (4141) has been issued some weeks ago and the closing date is 26 March. 

6. Invitation to Tender: Radiation Environment Research from Multiple Monitors
From: E. Daly 

This activity will analyse the data from the various European radiation monitors in a co-ordinated 
fashion to prepare a unified database and further exploit and disseminate the data.

The AO (3858) has a closing date is 26 March. See:

7. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA EMITS 

   (From 15/02/2002 to 12/04/2002, Act.Ref.: 01.160.65) 

   (From 15/02/2002 to 12/04/2002, Act.Ref.: 01.160.37) 

   (From 05/03/2002 to 08/05/2002, Act.Ref.: 01.160.38) 

   (From 26/02/2002 to 19/04/2002, Act.Ref.: 01.1EM.17) 

   (From 28/01/2002 to 18/03/2002, Act.Ref.: 01.197.02) 

   (From 23/01/2002 to 22/03/2002, Act.Ref.: 01.1EM.11) 

For a complete list of ESA Tender Actions, see:


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  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
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