Space Weather Euro News Vol.6 Issue 13 (24-08-2002)

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1. ESA Space Weather Worshop: Space Weather Applications Pilot Project
2. Final Announcement and Call for Papers for the "4'th Oersted
   International Science Team" (OIST-4) Conference 23-27 September 2002
3. Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Space Plasma Physics at Mullard
   Space Science Laboratory, University College London
4. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA EMITS
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1. ESA Space Weather Worshop: Space Weather Applications Pilot Project
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From: Alexi Glover

16-17-18 December
ESTEC, Nordwijk, The Netherlands

First Announcement and Call for papers

Scope:

Between 1999 through 2001 ESA sponsored two major parallel studies to lay the
groundwork for a possible European Space Weather Applications Programme.
These were led by ALCATEL and RAL [Ref. 1]. The studies analysed user requirements,
space segment options and the ground-based "service segment". This work was also
supported by an external Space Weather Working Team.
From these studies it was clearly demonstrated that Europe has very strong assets that
could be potentially exploited in Europeanor International Space Weather application 
services.

These assets include:

Ground based solar, ionospheric, cosmic rays and geomagnetic observatories.
Nano and Micro-satellite expertise.
Existing and planned space mission assets (e.g., SOHO, Cluster, Galileo).
Strong theoretical groups with skills in modelling.
Strong expertise in Space Weather effects.
Already existing small scale space weather services.

Coordination and development of space weather services will enhance the efficiency
of these activities and provide new opportunities for utilisation of resources across 
domains that are currently separated from each other. Space weather is also naturally
relevant to several European space programmes such as manned missions, launchers, 
science, telecommunications and navigation programmes. However, the scope of this 
Announcement of Opportunities (AO) may include activities beyond the Agency's 
traditional programmes.

ESA has taken the initiative to establish a Space Weather Application Pilot Project to
develop and extend the Space Weather user community through limited development
of targeted services, provided by a network of service providers, supported by a common
infrastructure and using data from existing or easily adaptable assets.   Through this service 
and community development a long-term view of the potential for space weather applications 
should be established.

The pilot project consists of three main components:

(1) a network of service development activities (SDA) involving service providers, users 
     and data providers,
(2) an infrastructure development, coordination and support activity, and
(3) a quantitative evaluation of the benefits of the service.
 

Purpose of the Workshop:

The purpose of the workshop is to gather the community keen to join the network of SDAs 
either as a self-funded activity or as an ESA co-funded activity.

The organising committee welcome contributions for poster/oral presentations dealing with 
the presentation of any SDA relevant to Space Weather.

The list below indicates examples of domains for which the need for space weather services
has been already identified. Discussion of SDA dedicated to other areas are nevertheless
welcome and will also be considered for contribution to the workshop.

- Ground based power distribution systems
- Prospecting
- Mobile communications systems and users
- Ground-to-ground communications
- Over-the-horizon radar
- Space-based communications services
- Space-based navigation services and users
- Spacecraft development and operations (including drag effects)
- Scientific spacecraft users (instrument interference and campaign planning)
- Space launcher operators
- Manned space programmes
- Aircrew radiation exposure monitoring
- Aircraft avionics
- Spacecraft and launcher insurance
- General public interest and tourism
 

Important Dates:

Participants wishing to submit an abstract for this workshop should do so before 
1st November 2002. Abstracts should be sent via email to Alexi Glover
The registration deadline will be November 15th 2002.

Publication:

Participants are invited to submit their contributions for electronic publication on the
ESA Space Weather Server. Paper proceedings will be made available in the New Year.

Local Organising Committee:

A. Glover
A. Hilgers
E. Daly

Technical Committee:

G. Elfering, Y. Spaans

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2. Final Announcement and Call for Papers for the "4'th Oersted
    International Science Team" (OIST-4) Conference 23-27 September 2002
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From: Peter Stauning 

The 4th Oersted International Science Team Conference will be held in Copenhagen, 
Denmark, during 23-27 September 2002. Conference programme, list of registered 
participants, registration forms and various practical information are available at the web site:
          http://www.dmi.dk/projects/oersted/OIST4conf

Deadline for submission of abstracts for oral presentations is 15 August 2002. Poster 
presentations for which abstracts are submitted later than 15 August may be accepted 
for display. However, late submitted abstracts may not be included in the printed 
conference programme.

The OIST-4 conference shall present the level of excellence reached in the fields of 
high-precision mapping of the geomagnetic field and modelling of its internal and external
sources, ionospheric and atmospheric exploration using GPS-based methods, and 
high-quality space instrumentations. There will be 3 conference days with oral and poster
presentation sessions and 2 days with informal workshop activities. The OIST-4 
Conference has these 6 main themes:

* Mapping and modelling of main magnetic field.
Includes modelling and interpretation of time varying core field
(geo-dynamo), crustal static anomaly fields (Lithosphere), induction
fields, and comprehensive modelling of all sources.

* Mapping and modelling of currents in space.
Includes modelling and interpretation of field-aligned currents (FAC) at
high, medium and low latitudes, ionospheric currents, ring current, tail
and boundary currents.

* Ionospheric sounding by GPS-based methods.
Includes profiling techniques and results, and assimilation of GPS data
in regional or global ionospheric models.

* Atmospheric sounding by GPS-based methods.
Includes profiling techniques and results, and assimilation of GPS data
in regional or global atmospheric models, numerical weather forecast
models and climate models.

* Advanced instrumentation.
Includes state-of-the art techniques for Star Imager, Magnetometer, and
Precision GPS Receiver satellite instrumentation.

* New satellite missions.
Includes approved or planned satellite missions with star imager,
magnetometer and/or GPS instrumentation.

Oral and poster presentations in these fields are invited. Details of the submission are 
provided at the web address below. The papers presented at the conference will be
published in the Conference Proceedings.

Further information is provided at the web address:
http://www.dmi.dk/projects/oersted/OIST4conf
or available by direct contact to:
Peter Stauning
Project Scientist for the Oersted satellite project.
fax:: + 45 3915 7460
phone: + 45 39157473
address: DMI, Lyngbyvej 100, DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark.

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3. Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Space Plasma Physics at Mullard
   Space Science Laboratory, University College London
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From: Libby Daghorn 

The MSSL Space Plasma Physics Group is actively engaged in front line research in 
magnetospheric physics, planetary physics and space weather.

Current emphasis is on physical processes, such as magnetic reconnection, occurring in the
terrestrial magnetosphere and their effects on the magnetic cusps, the magnetopause, the
magnetotail and the radiation belts. We are also working on electron data from the Cassini 
Jupiter flyby and in the near future, the plasma environments of Saturn and Mars will become
prime research interests.

We are international leaders in building spacecraft instrumentation to measure electron and
ion populations in space plasmas, and much of our research is based on data returned from 
MSSL instruments in space. Current mission involvements include Cluster, Cassini-Huygens, 
Beagle 2, Mars Express, Polar, Geotail, Wind and Interball.

We are seeking a postdoctoral research scientist to work on the analysis of data from the 
electron instruments (PEACE) on the four-spacecraft Cluster mission, for which we are 
Principal Investigator group.

This position, which will start on 1 October 2002 or before if possible, is supported by the 
group's PPARC rolling grant, and is available for two years in the first instance.  A PhD in the 
physical sciences is essential. Experience in space plasmas data analysis in general, and in
magnetospheric physics in particular, would be considered an advantage.

Salary for this position, based at the Laboratory in Holmbury St Mary, will be on the Research
1A scale depend ent on experience with a minimum of 19,681 pounds. Further information is
available at www.mssl.ucl.ac.uk, or contact Dr Andrew Coates. Applications should
include a CV, a publications list, and a brief description of research experience and 
aspirations, along with the names and addresses of two professional referees.  These 
should be sent by 9 September 2002 to Mrs E.A.Daghorn, Mullard Space Science Laboratory,
Holmbury St. Mary, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6NT.

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4. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA/EMITS
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AO4246 SPACE WEATHER APPLICATIONS PILOT PROJECT - ANNOUNCEMENT 
OF OPPORTUNITIES
  (From 29/07/2002 to 20/09/2002, Act.Ref.: 02.1EM.06)

AO4261 UHF MOBILE SATELLITE SYSTEM FOR BROADCASTING
(From 14/08/2002 to 17/10/2002, Act.Ref.: 02.153.67)

AO4194 DEVELOPMENT OF PC VERSION OF ESABASE/DEBRIS
(From 07/08/2002 to 09/10/2002, Act.Ref.: 01.1EM.15)

AO3841 INTEGRATED SPACE TECHNOLOGIES OPERATIONAL SYSTEM (ISTOS)
FOR COMBINED SPACE TECHNOLOGY (EO/TEL/NAV) APPLICATIONS
  (From 07/06/2002 to 16/09/2002, Act.Ref.: 01.153.27)

AO4147 SPACECRAFT PLASMA INTERACTION ANALYSIS AND SIMULATION 
SOFTWARE TOOLKIT
  (From 29/07/2002 to 07/10/2002, Act.Ref.: 01.1EM.12)

AO4178 COMPOSITE MATERIALS IMPACT DAMAGE ANALYSIS
  (From 19/06/2002 to 11/09/2002, Act.Ref.: 02.127.03)

AO4063 APPLICATION OF STEP TECHNOLOGY FOR SPACE ENVIRONMENT 
TOOLS
  (From 15/04/2002 to 24/06/2002, Act.Ref.: 01.1EM.16)

AO3768 DEVELOPMENT OF PROPAGATION MODELS FOR TELECOMMUNICATION 
SATELLITE SYSTEMS
  (From 29/05/2002 to 26/07/2002, Act.Ref.: 98.1XE.10)

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For a complete list of ESA Tender Actions, 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, Observatory of Paris Meudon
  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
  W. William Liu, Space Science Program, Canadian Space Agency

- SWEN archives are currently available on:

http://www.estec.esa.nl/wmwww/wma/spweather/SWEN/swen.html

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

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