Space Weather Euro News Vol.6 Issue 17 (01-11-2002)

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1. ESA Space Weather Worshop: Space Weather Applications Pilot Project:
   Deadline for Abstract Submission
2. Geant4 Space Users' Workshop
3. First circular for the Chapman Conference on Physics and Modelling
   of the Inner Magnetosphere Helsinki, Finland, August 25-29, 2003
4. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA EMITS
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1. ESA Space Weather Worshop: Space Weather Applications Pilot Project:
    Deadline for Abstract Submission
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From: Alexi Glover 

 *******Reminder: Abstract Submission Deadline 1st November*******

ESA Space Weather Worshop: Space Weather Applications Pilot Project
16-17-18 December, ESTEC, Nordwijk, The Netherlands

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

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2. Geant4 Space Users' Workshop
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From: Giovanni Santin 

Dear Colleagues,
We are glad to announce that ESA will host the first

   Geant4 Space Users' Workshop

The event will be held at ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands,
from the 20th to the 22nd of January, 2003.

The aim of this Forum is to give an overview on Geant4 capabilities from
space applications and developments point of view, and to bring together
Geant4 users across the space domain. The event will accordingly consist
of a one-day Geant4 tutorial, followed by two days of users' presentations
and discussion. Topics of the Forum include:
- Emerging requirements in space electronics and Science detector systems
- Implications of IT trends (software, hardware, networks, GRID)
- Recent developments in the simulation of hadronic and electromagnetic
  physics
- Other Geant4-related generic developments
- Simulations of future astronaut and aircrew radiation hazards
- Planetary exploration applications
- Interface to space environment analysis tools such as SPENVIS
- Cosmic ray propagation analyses
- Microdosimetry and other applications on future micro- and nanodevices
  in space

Abstract submission:
More information about abstract submission, as well as some organization
details, can be found on the workshop web page:
- http://www.estec.esa.nl/conferences/03C05/index.html

Please, feel free to forward the information to interested colleagues.

Local Organising Committee:

Giovanni Santin
Petteri Nieminen
Hugh Evans

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3.  First circular for the Chapman Conference on Physics and Modelling
     of the Inner Magnetosphere Helsinki, Finland, August 25-29, 2003
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From: Tuija Pulkkinen 

First circular for the Chapman Conference on
Physics and Modelling of the Inner Magnetosphere
Helsinki, Finland, August 25-29, 2003
Convenors: Tuija I. Pulkkinen and Nikolai A. Tsyganenko

The conference will be focused on modeling and observations of the
inner magnetosphere, which is a key region in the near-Earth space
both from scientific and practical viewpoints. Scientifically, the
challenges involve understanding particle acceleration and dynamics in
a multi-component plasma under highly variable electromagnetic fields,
especially during space storms. On the practical side, prediction of
these space storms and their effects is one of the most important
tasks of space weather studies, as it is the energetic particles
associated with these storms that cause the largest damages to
commercial and other spacecraft residing in this region.

The meeting aims to gather scientists in this field to an
informal meeting where scheduled talks are followed by ample time for
discussion and hands-on comparisons of model predictions and
observations. The scientific program will be divided into five sessions:

1. External driving of the inner magnetosphere dynamics
2. Sources and losses of inner magnetosphere particle populations
3. Energetic particle acceleration mechanisms
4. Observational specification of the inner magnetosphere state
5. Large-scale models of the inner magnetosphere

The meeting will consist of both oral and poster presentations.
Internet/computer access will be provided during the poster sessions
for presentation of the results.

The conference will be held in the House of the Estates
in downtown Helsinki.

The program committee of the meeting consists of

Tuija Pulkkinen, Finland, chair
Joe Borovsky, USA
Ioannis Daglis, Greece
Toshihiko Iyemori, Japan
Janet Kozyra, USA
Joe Lemaire, Belgium
Xinlin Li, USA
Rumi Nakamura, Austria
Victor Sergeev, Russia
Nikolai Tsyganenko, USA

and the local organizing committee is

Tuija Pulkkinen, chair  
Nataly Ganushkina  
Lasse Hakkinen 
Eija Tanskanen 
Finnish Meteorological Institute
Helsinki, Finland

More information on the conference can be found at
 - http://www.geo.fmi.fi/chapman03/

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4. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA EMITS
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AO4266 NAVIGATION SIGNAL GENERATION UNIT FOR THE GSTB PAYLOAD -
    ESTABLISHMENT OF A SECOND SOURCE
    (From 19/09/2002 to 04/11/2002, Act.Ref.: 02.154.06)

AO4267 GSTB-V2 SPACE SEGMENT
    (From 19/09/2002 to 18/11/2002, Act.Ref.: 02.154.04)

AO4302 STAGE 1 - SERVICE CONSOLIDATION ACTIONS OF THE EARTHWATCH
    GMES SERVICES ELEMENT (GSE)
    (From 10/09/2002 to 18/11/2002, Act.Ref.: 02.1AE.12)

AO4209 DEBRIS RISK ASSESSMENT AND MITIGATION ANALYSIS TOOL
    (From 24/10/2002 to 05/12/2002, Act.Ref.: 02.112.08)

AO4210 SPACE-BASED OPTICAL OBSERVATION OF SPACE DEBRIS
    (From 22/10/2002 to 03/12/2002, Act.Ref.: 01.112.05)

AO4309 PHASE A SYSTEM STUDIES FOR THE SWARM CANDIDATE EARTH 
    EXPLORER OPPORTUNITY MISSION
    (From 18/10/2002 to 13/12/2002, Act.Ref.: 02.155.17)

AO4218 SPECIAL GNSS APPLICATIONS
    (From 29/07/2002 to 31/10/2002, Act.Ref.: 01.153.15)

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