Space Weather Euro News Vol.6 Issue 16 (29-10-2002)

Table of Contents: 
1. ESPRIT-2003 Second Call for Papers
2. Virtual Magnetograms - A New Tool for the Monitoring of the Solar
   Wind-Magnetosphere Coupling
3. Final Announcement of Workshops at NOAA Space Environment Center -
   October 28 - 31, 2002
4. Job Announcement - Two Positions: Assistant Research Physicist at
   University of California at Berkeley, Space Sciences Laboratory
5. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA EMITS
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1. ESPRIT-2003 Second Call for Papers
From: Ioannis Daglis 

The Advanced Research Workshop on Effects of Space Weather on Technology
Infrastructure (ESPRIT) will be held on the island of Rhodes, Greece, on
March 25-29, 2003. The Workshop WebPage is at

The topics to be covered during the workshop are:
Solar-terrestrial coupling and space weather Monitoring, modeling and forecasting of 
space weather, Space weather effects on spacecraft components, operations and links
Space weather effects on electric power distribution and on communications
Coordination of monitoring, forecasting and mitigation efforts

Papers addressing these topics are welcome. Abstract submission deadline
is November 30, 2002. Please follow the information posted at

Pre-registration deadline is January 10, 2003. The registration and room reservation 
form is available at registration.html

The current list of participants is available at participants.html

Ioannis A. Daglis
Chairman of the Scientific Organizing Committee

2. Virtual Magnetograms - A New Tool for the Monitoring of the Solar
   Wind-Magnetosphere Coupling
From: V. Pilipenko 

Transient disturbances on the ground, which are the images of bursty processes of 
solar-wind/magnetosphere interaction, can be monitored by comparing magnetic
records on extra-magnetospheric satellites and on the ground. However, a serious 
drawback of the analysis of ground-based magnetograms is the inevitable variation 
of their response due to continual changes of the station location. An ideal, but 
impossible, solution of this difficulty, that will help to discriminate temporal and spatial
variations, would be the deployment of a "stationary" observatory with a fixed 
position in the solar-magnetospheric coordinate system. However, the desired result 
can be obtained using the technique of "virtual magnetograms" (VM). This technique 
has been implemented for key magnetospheric regions as an additional tool for
monitoring the transient response of the geomagnetic field to solar wind forcing. 
A virtual magnetogram for a fixed geomagnetic latitude and MLT is reconstructed 
by fitting and interpolation of 1-min magnetograms from near-by stations from a 
world-wide array of sites. A wide range of space physics studies, such as substorm
triggering, solar wind-ionosphere interactions, dayside-nightside coupling, etc. will 
benefit from the introduction of the VMs.

A database of VMs is available for 1997-99 from an anonymous FTP site at the 
Center for Atmospheric and Space Sciences at Augsburg College to all interested 
researchers for testing, validation, and statistical studies:

The following data can be found (in zipped files) in the directory
/pub/MACCS/virtual/ :

Year VM+IMF (*.jpg) -  plots with VM(noon) + VM(midnight) + IMF;
Year VM+IMF (*.ps) - plots with VM(noon) + VM(midnight) + IMF;
Year VM+Stations (*.jpg) - plots with VM(X,Y,Z) + magnetograms
   from selected stations;
Year VM+Stations (*.ps) - plots with VM(X,Y,Z) + magnetograms
   from selected stations;
Year VM (*.mgn) - ASCII files with VM (X,Y,Z);
Talks on GEM-2002 and GEOCOSMOS-2002 conferences on VM technique.

Currently, we are working on further improvement and expansion of the VM,
so any comments and suggestions will be welcomed by any of the following:
V. A. Pilipenko, Institute of the Physics of the Earth, Moscow
M. J. Engebretson, Augsburg College, Minneapolis 
O. V. Kozyreva, Institute of the Physics of the Earth, Moscow

3. Final Announcement of Workshops at NOAA Space Environment Center -
   October 28 - 31, 2002
From: Terry Onsager 

The NOAA Space Environment Center will be hosting three workshops to investigate 
the requirements for future measurements of the space environment. Two of the workshops 
will apply to the next generation of GOES Spacecraft (GOES R+) to be launched 
sometime after 2010. These workshops will focus on the solar EUV and energetic particle
flux measurements. The third workshop will examine the requirements for solar wind 
measurements. This new proposed satellite program is called Geostorms and will be a 
follow on to the NOAA Real-time Solar Wind system on NASA's ACE satellite program.

These workshops will be held in Boulder, Colorado on the following dates:

GOES R+ Solar EUV · October 28-29, 2002
GOES R+ Energetic Particles · October 28-29, 2002
Geostorms Real-time Solar Wind · October 30-31, 2002

The agendas and additional workshop information are available at and will be updated periodically.

Note: The Web site for the Energetic Particles workshop includes a questionnaire that we 
encourage all those who are interested to submit, including those who can and those who 
cannot attend the workshop.

4. Job Announcement - Two Positions: Assistant Research Physicist at
   University of California at Berkeley, Space Sciences Laboratory
From: Amy Shutkin 

The Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley invites 
applications for 2 positions as Assistant Research Physicist to support modeling and related 
data analysis related to the solar and interplanetary aspects of space weather. The salary
level is $53,900 - $69,700. The two successful applicants would become part of the 
Center for Integrated Space Weather Modeling (a new NSF science and technology 
Center headquartered at Boston University). Both positions will provide a connection 
between the institutions below and the solar part of the Center led by the UC, Space 
Sciences Laboratory. Position 1: Is expected to be stationed in Boulder, Colorado in 
the High Altitude Observatory of NCAR. Position 2: Will be stationed at the Naval 
Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C.  Qualified individuals should have a Ph.D. 
in Physics. Applicants are invited to submit a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a
short description of research interest, and arrange to have three letters sent to Judith Jones, 
Human Resources Manager, University of California, Space Sciences Laboratory, Berkeley, 
CA 94720-7450.  The application deadline is November 14, 2002.
The University of California is an EO/AA/ADA institution committed to cultural diversity.

5. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA/EMITS

(From 19/09/2002 to 18/11/2002, Act.Ref.: 02.154.04)

(From 10/09/2002 to 18/11/2002, Act.Ref.: 02.1AE.12)

(From 24/10/2002 to 05/12/2002, Act.Ref.: 02.112.08)

(From 18/10/2002 to 13/12/2002, Act.Ref.: 02.155.17)

  (From 29/07/2002 to 20/09/2002, Act.Ref.: 02.1EM.06)

(From 22/10/2002 to 03/12/2002, Act.Ref.: 01.112.05)

(From 07/08/2002 to 09/10/2002, Act.Ref.: 01.1EM.15)

For a complete list of ESA Tender Actions, see:

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  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

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