Subject: Space Weather Euro News Vol 7 Issue 8

Space Weather Euro News Vol. 7 Issue 8 (8-7-2003)

Table of Contents:

  1. ESA Space Weather Workshop: Developing a European Space Weather Service Network. ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, the Netherlands 3-5th November 2003. First Announcement and Call for Papers
  2. SWWT meeting 13 (30th June 2003) - summary
  3. ILWS Programme
  4. Announcement for Conference on Sun-Earth Connection
  5. ESTEC AO/1-4164/02/NL/LvH - Spacecraft Plasma Interaction Guidelines and Handbook, issued on EMITS
  6. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA EMITS



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1. ESA Space Weather Workshop: Developing a European Space Weather
Service Network. ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, the Netherlands 3-5th
November 2003. First Announcement and Call for Papers

From: Alexi Glover

The development of coordinated space weather applications requires the
establishment of new kinds of partnerships in R&D between scientists,
developers, service providers, service users and funding agencies in
order to coordinate activities that traditionally fall within separate

To this end ESA has recently embarked upon a 2 year pilot project of
space weather service development. The objective of the Pilot Project
for Space Weather Applications is to develop and extend the space
weather service user community through development of targeted
services, provided by a network of service providers supported by a
common infrastructure and using data from existing sources. Through
this service and community development a clear long term view of the
potential for space weather applications shall be established together
with clear understanding of the associated economic and social benefits
and the long term relevance of these space weather services.

This workshop will bring together all participants from a wide variety
of domains, relevant to the SWENET (Space Weather European NETwork)
service development network. It will also focus on the relationship
with space weather science initiatives.

The workshop is timed to coincide with completion of the user
requirements phase of the individual service development activities
and, as such, it is anticipated that this will form a major topic of

Although those activities that are already members of the SWENET
network are expected to present their activities, participation is
not restricted to these groups and presentations of other new and
novel space weather services are welcome.

Discussion will also take place of the support requirements for
each service development activity and the ways in which the SWENET
network will function over the next year in order to best support
the development of these services.

The abstract submission deadline is the 15th September. Abstracts should
be sent via email to Alexi Glover

For more information including instructions for registration see
the workshop website:


2. SWWT meeting 13 (30th June 2003) - summary

From: Francois Lefeuvre

A SWWT Board has been constituted with F. Lefeuvre (new SWWT chairman),
R. Pirjola, W. Riedler, A. Glover and A. Hilgers. Actions in progress
have been reviewed. COST 724 ( who was initiated by T. Clark, and whose
the present coordinator is J. Lilensten), is waiting for a final
decision to start its activities. Although having been rejected the
SWEET proposal submitted for FP6 has been considered as relevant for
GMES risk management. A new proposal will be submitted. A discussion
is in progress about the merging with the MOPLE proposal. Actions will
be taken to link SWWT and ILWS working group activities. Information
on the roadmap and topical teams is available on the ESTEC website.
The next ESA Space Weather workshop is confirmed for 3-5th November

3. ILWS Programme

From: David Sibeck

The Steering Committee and Working Group of the International Living
With a Star (ILWS) Program held meetings from April 13 to 15, 2003 in
conjunction with the AGU/EGU meeting in Nice, France. Transcripts of
the meetings, and an extensive array of documents concerning the future
space plasma physics missions of various national space agencies can be
found at:


Further information about the ILWS program can be found at:


4. Announcement for Conference on Sun-Earth Connection

From: Tony Lui

Second Announcement -
Conference on Sun-Earth Connection: Multiscale Coupling in Sun-Earth

Sponsored by The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
and the Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory, Nagoya University.
Additional Sponsors are expected in the future.

February 9-13, 2004, Kona, Hawaii, USA
Convenors: A. T. Y. Lui and Y. Kamide

Strong evidence exists pointing to the tight coupling between various
space plasma regions in the Sun-Earth system which are traditionally
investigated separately, and to the multiscale nature of several
phenomena occurring in such a coupled system. Recent progress and
significant public interest gained in linking the entire chain of
space disturbances from "sun to mud" testify to the usefulness of
this system-wide approach. Indeed, this research approach fits in
well with the national goal defined by the National Space Weather
program and NASA Living With a Star (LWS) program. These
developments have led to a new perspective in space plasma dynamics
of examining the system as a whole within the Sun-Earth Connection

From this new perspective, it is now being realized that additional
understanding of this coupled system can be gained from an approach
different from the traditional ones. This new approach is based on
concepts developed in the modern statistical mechanics to address the
physical processes governing the evolution of out-of-equilibrium and
complex systems and on the techniques to investigate the multiscale
phenomena prevalent in nature.

This Conference on Sun-Earth Connection (CSEC) will provide a forum
to discuss and exchange knowledge and ideas on recent observational
and theoretical results on multiscale coupling in the Sun-Earth
processes. Both traditional and new innovative approaches to treat
Sun-Earth Connection phenomena and their multiscale coupling based on
observations, simulations, and theoretical considerations are
appropriate. In particular, topics in nonlinear dynamics included in
CSEC are complexity, chaos, criticality, self-organization,
out-of-equilibrium phase transitions, and turbulence.

Conference Hotel:
King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel
75-5660 Palani Road
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740
Telephone: (808) 329-2911
Facsimile: (808) 329-4602
Tel: 1-800-367-6060 (reservation: conference room rate
(single/double): USD $ 105 + tax); make reservation directly with the
hotel before November 3, 2003 and be sure to mention Conference on
Sun Earth Connection to get the conference rate.

Further details on registration, abstract submission, and financial
support application for students and young scientists (not over the
age of 35) are available at the website which
will be updated periodically as additional information becomes
available. Register early (number of participants for this meeting
is limited).

Scientific Organizing Committee:
Giuseppe Consolini - IFSI/CNR, Italy
Tom Chang - CSR/MIT, USA
Sandra Chapman - Warwick University, UK
Yohsuke Kamide - STEL, Japan
Alexander Klimas - GSFC, USA
Anthony Lui - JHUAPL, USA
Nicolas Watkins - BAS, UK

5. ESTEC AO/1-4164/02/NL/LvH - Spacecraft Plasma Interaction Guidelines
and Handbook, issued on EMITS

From: A. Hilgers

Please be advised that the ITT:

ESTEC AO/1-4164/02/NL/LvH -
Spacecraft Plasma Interaction Guidelines and Handbook,

has been issued on EMITS on 4 July 2003, with a closing date of
26 September 2003.

The content of this activity is to establish guidelines for spacecraft
projects that will address the need of the space research and space
industry community for the assessment of problems related to spacecraft
plasma interactions. It will also promote the use and the sharing of
European resources, especially regarding knowledge and expertise for
spacecraft design and operations and test facilities. The guidelines
shall consist of two items: a paper version including text and graphs
of the guidelines, the handbook, and a public interactive version that
shall include simple formula computational capabilities and list of
assets and contact points for support and access to facilities and

6. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA EMITS

(From 04/07/2003 to 25/08/2003, Act.Ref.: 03.154.01)

(From 04/07/2003 to 26/09/2003, Act.Ref.: 01.1EM.13)

(From 02/06/2003 to 18/07/2003, Act.Ref.: 03.1EL.01)

(From 02/07/2003 to 15/09/2003, Act.Ref.: 03.166.01)

(From 25/06/2003 to 09/09/2003, Act.Ref.: 03.127.04)


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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