Space Weather Euro News Vol. 7 Issue 11 (1-9-2003)

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  1. Announcement of Solar Image Recognition Workshop (SIRW)
  2. Call for Papers for Fall 2003 AGU Meeting Session SH06: "Eruptions in the Low Solar Atmosphere"
  3. Fall AGU Special Session SM-08: Exploring the Digital Geospace: Modern Methods of Spatial Data Analysis
  4. NATO Advanced Study Institute on "Sprites, Elves and Intense Lightning Discharges" Corte in Corsica, July 21-30, 2004
  5. Some Tender Actions from ESA EMITS


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1. Announcement of Solar Image Recognition Workshop (SIRW)
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From: D. Berghmans

Solar Image Recognition Workshop (SIRW)
Brussels, October 23-24 2003

The Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB) and the European Grid of Solar
Observations (EGSO) are organizing a 2-day workshop in Brussels on
October,23-24 2003 (Thursday & Friday). The goal of the meeting is to
bring together expertise in solar physics and image recognition to
discuss what is needed to fulfill present day requirements on solar
image processing.

An interdisciplinary approach is essential because of the growing need to
provide enhanced access to the data. Future solar missions such as STEREO
and SDO within ILWS will generate such vast amounts of data (>1 Tb/day)
that automated image processing is an absolute necessity just to extract
only those images that contain a particular study object. Space Weather
applications have the need to know in real time the position,
classification and dynamics of sunspots, filaments, coronal holes and
coronal mass ejections.

We foresee a handful of sessions covering several aspects of image
recognition such as image segmentation, feature recognition and motion
tracking. Also presentations on related subjects like data assimilation
and visualization (browsers, displays) are most welcome. The venue of the
meeting will be in the premises of the Royal Observatory of Belgium
(Brussels). More practical information (transport, hotels, agenda,
registration) can be found at the meeting website http://sol.oma.be/SIRW.

SOC: David Berghmans, Jean-Francois Hochedez, Peter Gallagher, Bob Bentley,
Valentina Zharkova

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2. Call for Papers for Fall 2003 AGU Meeting Session SH06: "Eruptions
in the Low Solar Atmosphere"
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From: G. Lawrence

AGU Special Session SH06 - Eruptions in the Low Solar Atmosphere

Contributed abstracts, both poster and oral, are hereby solicited for the
AGU Fall 2003 Special Session, "Physics of Eruptions in the Low Solar
Atmosphere".

The session description is below. To submit an abstract, please indicate
"special session SH06" when you submit your abstract via the AGU web site.
The online Abstract Submission Form will be available by 1 August 2003;
abstracts must be submitted to AGU by 4 September 2003, 1400 UT.

Please contact the session conveners if you have questions:

Jonathan Krall, 202 404 7719
Gareth Lawrence, 301 286 2941
Peter Gallagher, 301 309 1274

SH06 - PHYSICS OF ERUPTIONS IN THE LOW SOLAR ATMOSPHERE

Modern instruments (TRACE, RHESSI, MK4, SOHO, Yohkoh, BBSO, MICA) are
providing better observations of solar eruptions on or near the disk.
As new details are revealed, theorists are challenged to provide
quantitative explanations of the observed structures and their evolution.
Phenomena of interest include pre-eruption structures (loops, filaments,
active regions), initiation and acceleration of CMEs in the near-sun regime
(1.0-6 R_sun), and other observational signatures of solar eruptive events.
The purpose of this session is to see what conclusions can be drawn from
these new data. For example, does the new data test or constrain previous
theoretical ideas about flares and CMEs? Do studies of the data suggest
new avenues of theoretical investigation? We solicit contributions that
present new observational results, new theoretical ideas and predictions,
or quantitative theoretical modeling of the data.

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3. Fall AGU Special Session SM-08: Exploring the Digital Geospace:
Modern Methods of Spatial Data Analysis
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From: D. Vassiliadis

A interdisciplinary special session on spatial analysis methods and
new results has been approved for the Fall AGU meeting. Papers are
solicited on modeling of heliospheric to ionospheric environments
as well as on nonlinear geophysics (NG) applications.

The deadline for online abstract submission is 4 September 2003, 1400 UT.

SM-08 Exploring the Digital Geospace: Modern Methods of Spatial Data Analysis
Sponsors: SH, SM, SA, NG

Synoptic, long-term datasets from ongoing missions provide us with
continuous coverage of the dynamic events in the near-Earth space
environment, rather than the brief glimpses of the recent past.
The fusion between observational and numerical data is rapidly becoming
more comprehensive. Often the question is posed, what are the optimal
analysis methods to use for a given geospace plasma environment and
which physics issues do they resolve?

This session focuses on cutting-edge techniques and ensuing important
results that were practically inconceivable a few years ago: a) spatial
and temporal filtering; b) data assimilation; c) ensemble forecasting and
numerical perturbation analysis; d) data mining; e) visualization,
including virtual reality tools. These nonlinear methodologies produce
qualitatively different information from traditional techniques. They
allow for a more complete coverage of the 4D configuration of plasma
structures; insights into their formation, composition and decay; and
ways to distinguish and quantify the effects of simultaneous drivers in
the same environment. Development and knowledge transfer of such methods
is central to building integrated model chains for research and space
weather forecasting.

Conveners:
Dimitris Vassiliadis, USRA at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt,
MD 20771; 301-286-9060; F 301-286-1433
Robert W. Schunk, Utah State University, 4405 Old Main Hill SER 246, Logan,
UT 84322-4405; 435-797-2978; F435-797-2992
Ludger Scherliess, Utah State University, 4405 Old Main Hill SER 246, Logan,
UT 84322-4405; 435-797-7189; F 435-797-2992
Shing F. Fung, National Space Science Data Center, NASA/Goddard Space Flight
Center, Mailcode 632, Greenbelt, MD 20771; 301-286-6301; F 301-286-1771
Robert S. Weigel, Center for Integrated Space Weather Modeling, LASP,
U. Colorado, 1234 Innovation Dr., Boulder, CO 80303-7814; 303-492-1259;
F 303-492-6444

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4. NATO Advanced Study Institute on "Sprites, Elves and Intense Lightning
Discharges" Corte in Corsica, July 21-30, 2004
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From: M. Fuellekrug

Particularly intense lightning discharges can produce transient optical
emissions above thunderstorms, denoted sprites, elves and blue jets,
which have been recorded from the ground, airplanes, Space Shuttles, and
the International Space Station (ISS) all around planet Earth.

More than 100 contributions on sprites have been published in the
scientific literature during the past eleven years, reported during sessions
in the scientific communities of the American Geophysical Union (AGU),
the International Union of Radio Science (URSI), the International
Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA), and document the rapidly
evolving new research area.

We are pleased to announce that a NATO Advanced Study Institute is now open
for registration and application at:

- http://www.geophysik.uni-frankfurt.de/~fuellekr/SUMMER.

The school will include thematic lectures, tutorials and practical work
given by international experts in the field.

The thematic lectures include:

(I) Meteorology and intense lightning discharges
a: W.A. Lyons (meteorology of thunderstorms)
b: Y. Yair (cloud microphysics)
c: E.R. Williams (intense lightning discharges)
d: C. Price (global lightning activity)
(II) Optical sprite observations
a: D.D. Sentman (sprite frontiers)
b: T. Neubert (optical observations)
c: H. Fukunishi (elves)
d: Y. Takahashi (high speed imaging)
(III) ULF/ELF/VLF radiation
a: U.S. Inan (atmospheric electrodynamics)
b: C. Rodger (VLF)
c: S. Cummer (ELF)
d: Y. Hobara (ULF/ELF)
(IV) Theory and modelling
a: M. Rycroft (foundations of sprite research)
b: V.P. Pasko (sprite modelling)
c: E. Mareev (fine structure of sprites)
d: V.Y. Trakhtengerts (energetic electrons)

The NATO Advanced Study Institute is free of charge.

Travel and accommodation support is available for participants whose
country of permanent residence is a NATO country, a NATO partner country,
or a Mediterranean dialogue country. Please consult the school web site:

- http://www.geophysik.uni-frankfurt.de/~fuellekr/SUMMER/

for guidelines of the application process.

The final deadline for applications is October 31st, 2003.

Questions and inquiries regarding this NATO Advanced Study Institute can
be directed to:

PD Dr. Martin Fuellekrug
Inst. f. Met. & Geophys.
Feldbergstr.47
Universitaet Frankfurt/Main
D-60323 Frankfurt/Main

phn +49 (69)798-23959
fax +49 (69)798-23280
elm_sprite@geophysik.uni-frankfurt.de

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5. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA EMITS
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AO4449 GEO ATMOSPHERIC SOUNDER TECHNOLOGY PROJECT
(From 23/07/2003 to 01/10/2003, Act.Ref.: 02.1EE.07)

AO4504 PHASE C0 OF THE GALILEO DEVELOPMENT AND VALIDATION PHASE
(From 04/07/2003 to 25/08/2003, Act.Ref.: 03.154.01)

AO4364 EARTH OBSERVATION SERVICES - MARKET DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES
(From 11/07/2003 to 05/09/2003, Act.Ref.: 03.1AE.05)

AO4164 SPACECRAFT CHARGING AND PLASMA INTERACTION GUIDELINES
(From 04/07/2003 to 26/09/2003, Act.Ref.: 01.1EM.13)

AO4408 TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE IN THE STUDY OF INTEGRATED SCIENCE PAYLOADS
FOR THE SOLAR ORBITER MISSION
(From 02/07/2003 to 15/09/2003, Act.Ref.: 03.166.01)

AO4424 IMPROVEMENT OF FLEXIBLE BLANKET TECHNOLOGY FOR STANDARD AND
THIN-FILM SOLAR CELLS
(From 17/07/2003 to 28/08/2003, Act.Ref.: 01.1ES.16)

AO4364 EARTH OBSERVATION SERVICES - MARKET DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES
(From 11/07/2003 to 05/09/2003, Act.Ref.: 03.1AE.05)

AO4365 EARTH OBSERVATION RESPONSES TO GEO-INFORMATION MARKET DRIVERS
(From 18/08/2003 to 03/10/2003, Act.Ref.: 03.1AE.06)

AO4470 SPACECRAFT DISTURBANCES FROM HYPERVELOCITY IMPACTS
(From 25/06/2003 to 09/09/2003, Act.Ref.: 03.127.04)

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For a complete list of ESA Tender Actions, see: http://emits.esa.int

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