Space Weather Euro News Vol. 6 Issue 19 (7-12-2002)

Table of Contents:


    1. Space Weather Week 2003: Conference scheduled for May 19-22, 2003
    2. Call for Abstracts for IUGG 2003 General Assembly Session GAV.02 on Geomagnetic Indices: Real-Time Production and Forecasting
    3. GOES 12 Solar X-ray Imager (SXI) to Enter Operations in April 2003
    4. Job Opportunities at the SIDC in Brussels
    5. Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Solar Physics
    6. NRC Opportunity at NOAA SEC
    7. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA EMITS

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1. Space Weather Week 2003: Conference scheduled for May 19-22, 2003

From: Terry Onsager

The 2002 Space Weather Week conference will be held this spring on May
19-22, 2003 in Boulder, Colorado. This meeting will focus on the recent
solar and geomagnetic activity, and will cover the 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, auroral currents, geomagnetic storms and their solar
drivers, radiation belts, and solar energetic particles. We anticipate
that representatives from industries impacted by space weather will
attend, including those from electric power, commercial airlines,
satellite operations, and navigation/communications. Space Weather Week
2003 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 details will be announced in the near future.
Check our web site for updates:

2. Call for Abstracts for IUGG 2003 General Assembly Session GAV.02 on
Geomagnetic Indices: Real-Time Production and Forecasting

From: Christopher Balch

IUGG 2003 General Assembly - Sapporo, Japan - June 30-July 11, 2003

Geomagnetic Indices: Real-Time Production and Forecasting

The ability to assess the current and the future state of geomagnetic
activity is required in order to provide space weather services to
users who systems may be adversely affected under certain conditions.
A critical issue for space weather service providers is to find the
optimal means of communicating this assessment to users who are typically
not specialists in space physics. Geomagnetic indices have been used for
decades as a convenient technique to summarize and categorize the complex
set of processes associated with geomagnetic activity. Therefore, this
symposium is proposed to examine techniques, merits, and the limitations
of using geomagnetic indices as a practical means of providing space
weather services. In particular, papers addressing the real-time
production and the prediction of geomagnetic indices are requested.

Christopher Balch, Space Environment Center,
325 Broadway, r/e/se, Boulder, Colorado, USA;
Phone: 303-497-5693; Fax: 303-497-7392;

Nandini Nagarajan, National Geophysical Research Institute,
Hyderabad 500 007, INDIA,

Absolute Deadline for electronic abstract submission: 30 January 2003

Details regarding Session GAV.02 and abstract submission can be
found in the first and second circulars for IUGG 2003, along with other
information for those presenting papers, at the website:

Please inform your colleagues about this event. We would also
appreciate hearing from those interested in attending. For those
submitting an abstract at the IAGA website, please also send a title
and/or abstract to the convener, so that we can plan the sessions and
invited contributions based on interest and anticipated attendance.
We look forward to seeing you in Sapporo next year.
Christopher C. Balch
Space Scientist
325 Broadway r/e/se
Boulder, CO 80305

3. GOES 12 Solar X-ray Imager (SXI) to Enter Operations in April 2003

From: Steven Hill

NOAA's Space Environment Center (SEC) is pleased to announce that the
GOES 12 spacecraft, with its Solar X-ray Imager (SXI), will enter
operations to replace the aging GOES 8 spacecraft in April 2003. This
transition will mark the formal beginning of operational imaging of the
solar corona in soft X-rays. Further information on the SXI and updates
to the schedule can be found at

The provisional schedule shows GOES 12 will start its transition to
operations in January when it will enter a transfer orbit to its final
operating station. During the period from January to April 2003, all
data received by NOAA/SEC from the SXI will be available in near
real-time. However, during this `pre-operational' period, data may be
interrupted by antenna and other resource conflicts, and the data that
is available may not be fully standardized (e.g. different filters or
different image cadences).

The National geophysical Data Center (NGDC) web site for obtaining SXI
images,, has also been upgraded. Now, search
results up to 500 MB in size will be automatically 'zipped' or 'tarred'
for user download without the need to contact NGDC staff via e-mail.

Finally, when GOES 12 enters operations, SEC will begin disseminating a
new SXI test product: heliographic locations of soft X-ray flares. The
product will be triggered upon the detection of a solar flare by the
GOES full-disk X-ray sensor (XRS). A real-time algorithm will locate the
brightest region in each SXI image and provide associated parameters,
e.g., areal extent, integrated brightness, etc. The results will be
recorded in the SEC edited events tables available at

4. Job Opportunities at the SIDC in Brussels

From: David Berghmans

Several job opportunities will be opened at the SIDC division of the
Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB). These opportunities will start
in January 2003, in the framework of several new solar space projects,
in particular the SHARPP experiment recently selected by NASA for the
Solar Dynamics Observatory mission (launch 2007). In the context of
international collaborations, the ROB takes part in the instrument
design and calibration, and will develop ground software for science
data analysis, as Co-Investigator institute for the Magritte extreme-UV
imager array.

We are looking for candidates with any of the following profiles:

* PhD in Physics with a specialization in solar physics and/or in
observational astronomy (e.g. stellar atmospheres, radiative transfer).
Though not required, past experience with space instrumentation
(development, calibration, operations) would be an advantage.

* PhD in Mathematics with a background in numerical methods applicable
to image processing (image transforms, automated pattern recognition,
wavelets, motion tracking, etc.).

* Engineer (or PhD in Physics), with a background in space
instrumentation, in particular X- ray/EUV detectors and optics, and
in their calibration

More information at:

5. Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Solar Physics

From: Libby Daghorn

MSSL is seeking a postdoctoral research assistant starting in early 2003
to undertake research in solar physics. The Solar Physics group consists
of 13 members of which four are academic staff, working in the areas of
solar flares, coronal mass ejections, coronal heating and solar-stellar
connection. We are one of the leading groups in the UK with active
involvement in a number of space-borne solar observatories including
SoHO, Yohkoh, TRACE, RHESSI and XMM-Newton. We are also involved in the
preparation and building of an instrument on the Solar-B mission.
Candidates are expected to have a PhD in solar physics or a related
area. Salary is to be negotiated depending on experience. To apply,
please send a CV, publication list and the email details of two referees
to Mrs. E. Daghorn ( by 30 January 2003. For further
information contact Professor Len Culhane (, Dr.
Louise Harra ( , or Dr. Sarah Matthews
(sam@mssl.ucl.acuk) or access our Web site on

6. NRC Opportunity at NOAA SEC
From: Howard Singer

NRC Postdoctoral and Senior Research Awards, NOAA Space Environment Center
Boulder, Colorado

In 2003, one National Research Council position will be available at the
NOAA Space Environment Center (SEC) in Boulder, Colorado. The position is
for research that focuses on understanding fundamental physical processes in
the regions that extend from the sun, through the interplanetary medium, and
into Earth's magnetosphere, ionosphere, and upper atmosphere.

SEC ( ) serves the Nation through alerts, warnings,
and forecasts of conditions in the space environment that can be hazardous
to technological systems in space and on the ground and human activities in
space. SEC's research focuses on areas where advanced applications can be
developed and prototyped to improve space weather operations.

Additional details of topics for consideration are contained in the Resident
Research Associateships, Postdoctoral and Senior Research Awards for NOAA
book that is available from the NRC. To be eligible for the February review,
completed application materials must be postmarked no later than February 1,
2003. Application materials and detailed information are available from the
Research Associateship Programs, The National Academies, 500 5th Street
N.W., GR322A, Washington, DC 20001, or . Information on the
Internet is at . At the internet site, to
specifically find the NOAA SEC opportunities, go to RAP Search and use
Keyword: "Space Environment Center"; Program name: "National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Admnistration"; and Program Location: "Boulder, CO". Further
information about SEC can be obtained by contacting Dr. Howard Singer at or any of the research advisers listed at the NRC

7. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA EMITS

(From 18/10/2002 to 19/12/2002, Act.Ref.: 02.155.17)

(From 22/10/2002 to 20/12/2002, Act.Ref.: 01.112.05)

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

(From 18/10/2002 to 19/12/2002, Act.Ref.: 02.155.15)

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

(From 02/08/2002 to 27/09/2002, Act.Ref.: 02.1AE.04)


For a complete list of ESA Tender Actions, see:


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