Space Weather Euro News Vol. 7 Issue 13 (23-10-2003)

Table of Contents:

  1. ESA Space Weather Workshop: Developing a European Space Weather Service Network. ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, the Netherlands 3-5th November 2003. Agenda Now Available
  2. Ariadna: Pulling the thread
  3. NASA Selects Two Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission Proposals for Feasibility Studies
  4. Moving Beyond IGY: An Electronic Geophysical Year (eGY) Concept
  5. First Announcement of COSPAR Event: "Influence of the Sun's Radiation and Particles on the Earth's Atmosphere and Climate"
  6. Some 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. Agenda Now Available

From: Alexi Glover

The agenda for the ESA Space Weather Workshop: Developing a European
Space Weather Service Network is now available on the workshop website:

Please note that registration is still possible, but participants are
strongly encouraged to register in advance of the workshop in order to
facilitate local organisation.


Workshop Synopsis:

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.

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


2. Ariadna: Pulling the thread
From: Alain Hilgers

The ESA Advanced Concept Team (ACT) has established a mechanism to award
contracts to research institutes and academic departments to perform
work directly related to the objectives of the ACT. This activity has
been called Ariadna.

Research opportunities in innovative space systems and technologies will
be announced periodically via the following website:


The Ariadna first Call for Proposals 2003/01 has now been released as


and will be open until 21/11/2003

3. NASA Selects Two Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission Proposals for
Feasibility Studies
From: Mary Mellott

[NASA News Release: 03-307]

In the first step of a two-step process, NASA has selected two teams to
conduct concept studies for the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) Mission,
the fourth investigation in NASA's Solar Terrestrial Probe mission line.

The proposals selected for further study address the scientific objective
of the MMS mission, to explore and understand fundamental plasma-physics
processes of magnetic reconnection, particle acceleration and turbulence
in the Earth's magnetosphere. These three processes, which control the
flow of energy, mass and momentum, within and across magnetospheric
boundaries, occur throughout the universe and are fundamental to our
understanding of astrophysical and solar system plasmas.

The selected proposals that will provide instrument suites dedicated to
the pursuit of the MMS science objectives are:

* "An Instrument Suite for the Magnetospheric Multi-Scale Mission," led by
Dr. James P. McFadden of the University of California at Berkeley; and
* "Solving Magnetospheric Acceleration, Reconnection, and Turbulence," led
by Dr. James L. Burch of Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio.

"The Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission will help us understand the
fundamental physical processes responsible for transfer of energy from the
solar wind to the Earth's magnetosphere," said Dick Fisher, Director of
the Sun-Earth Connection Division in NASA's Office of Space Science,

"What we learn from MMS will have application far beyond the Earth,
because the Earth's magnetosphere provides the only laboratory in which

fundamental astrophysical plasma processes are readily accessible for
sustained study. MMS results will directly contribute to NASA's mission
to advance our scientific knowledge and understanding of Earth, the solar
system and the universe," Fisher explained.

The selected proposals, which were submitted to NASA in March 2003 in
response to the Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission Announcement of
Opportunity, were both judged to have high scientific and technical merit.
Each will receive $1 million to conduct a six-month implementation-
feasibility study focused on cost, management and technical plans,
including educational outreach and small business involvement.

The Solar Terrestrial Probe (STP) Program is a sequence of community-
defined strategic projects that provide in-situ and remote sensing
observations, from multiple platforms, for sustained study of the Sun-
Earth system. The first STP, the Thermosphere-Ionosphere-Mesosphere
Energetics and Dynamics mission was launched December 7, 2001. The next
two missions in the STP program, Solar-B and the Solar Terrestrial
Relations Observatory, are scheduled for launch in 2006 and 2005

The STP Program is managed by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center,
Greenbelt, Md., for the Sun-Earth Connection Division of the Office of
Space Science, Washington.

For more information on NASA and NASA's Solar Terrestrial Probe program,


4. Moving Beyond IGY: An Electronic Geophysical Year (eGY) Concept

From: D.N. Baker, C. Barton, B. Fraser, V. Papitashvili , A. Rodger, B. Thompson

During the International Geophysical Year (1957-1958), member countries
established many new geophysical observatories pursuing the major IGY
objectives - to collect geophysical data as widely as possible and to
provide free access to these data for all scientists around the globe.
Today, geophysics has attained a rather good understanding within
traditional regions, i.e., the atmosphere, ionosphere, magnetosphere, and
other such geospheres. At the same time, it has become clear that much of
the new and important science is coming from the studies of interfaces
and coupling between geospheres. Thus, if geophysical data are made
"transparently" available to a much wider range of scientists and
students than to those who do the observations, then new and exciting
discoveries can be expected. An International Association of Geomagnetic
and Aeronomy (IAGA) task force, recognizing that a key achievement of the
IGY was the establishment of a worldwide system of data centers and
physical observatories, proposes that for the 50th anniversary of IGY,
the worldwide scientific community should endorse and promote an
"electronic Geophysical Year" (eGY) initiative. The proposed eGY concept
would both commemorate the IGY in 2007-2008 and provide a forward impetus
to geophysics in 21st century, similar to that provided by the IGY fifty
years ago. The IAGA task force strongly advocates: (1) Securing
permission and release of existing data; (2) Creating access to
information; and (3) Conversion of relevant analog data to digital form.
The eGY embraces all available and upcoming geophysical data (e.g.,
atmospheric, ionospheric, geomagnetic, gravity, etc.) through the
establishment of a series of "virtual geophysical observatories" now
being "deployed" in cyberspace. The eGY concept is modern, global, and
timely; it is attractive, pragmatic, and affordable. The eGY is based on
the existing and continually developing computing/networking technologies
(e.g., XML, Semantic Web, etc.) and international cyber infrastructure.
Moreover, the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) has
supported the eGY concept, which can smoothly be incorporated into
various existing "International Year" initiatives - such as the
International Polar Year, International Heliophysical Year, or
International Year of the Planet Earth.

5. First Announcement of COSPAR Event: "Influence of the Sun's Radiation
and Particles on the Earth's Atmosphere and Climate"
From: Judit Pap

COSPAR Event D2.1/C2.2/E3.1:

Influence of the Sun's Radiation and Particles
on the Earth's Atmosphere and Climate

First Announcement

The COSPAR Event D2.1/C2.2/E3.1: "Influence of the Sun's
Radiation and Particles on the Earth's Atmosphere and Climate"
will be held at the Palais des Congres (Paris Congress
Center) in Paris, France, between July 18 and 25, 2004.

Description of the Session:
New results from various space and ground-based experiments
monitoring the radiative and particle emissions of the Sun,
together with their terrestrial impact, have opened a new
era in both solar and atmospheric physics. These studies
clearly show that the variable solar radiative and particle
output affects the Earth's atmosphere and climate in many
fundamental ways. The main goal of this event is to review
our current database and knowledge on solar variability
and related terrestrial effects on time scales of hours
to millennia.

The main topics are:
1. Solar Interior and Surface Activity, 2. Solar Atmosphere
and Eruptive Events, 3. Results of Multi-Decade Long Irradiance
and Particle Variations, 4. Effect of Solar EUV, UV and Particle
Variations on the Earth's Atmosphere, 5. Solar Variability and
Climate on Various Time Scales, and 6. Solar Variability and
Space Weather. These topics will be grouped into 5 half day
sessions, where both solicited and contributed papers will be
presented. In addition, poster papers will be presented as well.
We call for contributed paper on the above-listed topics.

Important Deadlines:
1. Abstract Submission Deadline: February 15, 2004: Abstracts must
be submitted directly to COSPAR, see further information on the COSPAR
web site: We urge authors to send a copy of their
abstracts to Judit M. Pap (MSO).
2. Financial Support Application: February 15, 2004, forms should be
returned to Judit M. Pap and a copy to COSPAR. Please note that
COSPAR will make the final decision about the applications.
3. Early Registration Deadline: May 15, 2004 (400 EU)
4. Accommodation: if possible by April 30, 2004. Further information on
accommodation can be found on

Please visit the COSPAR webpage ( for further details.

Scientific Organizing Committee:
G. Bazilevskaya, J. Beer (DO), J. Haigh, L. Hood (DO), C. Jackman,
A. Krivolutsky (DO), J. Lastovicka, A. Ondraskova, J.M. Pap (MSO),
R. Schwenn, J. Singh, A. Smith, W. Sprigg, G. Thuillier, S.T. Wu

We are looking forward to seeing you at the COSPAR 2004 General Assembly.

On behalf of the organizing committee,

Judit M. Pap (MSO)
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 680.0
Greenbelt, MD 20770, USA
Ph: 301-286-7511
Fax: 301-286-1753

6. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA EMITS

(From 02/10/2003 to 01/12/2003, Act.Ref.: 03.1MX.01)

(From 13/10/2003 to 21/11/2003, Act.Ref.: 03.1EM.17)

(From 13/10/2003 to 21/11/2003, Act.Ref.: 03.197.01)

(From 08/10/2003 to 19/11/2003, Act.Ref.: 03.112.14)

(From 15/09/2003 to 10/11/2003, Act.Ref.: 03.1EM.15)

(From 23/07/2003 to 01/10/2003, Act.Ref.: 02.1EE.07)

(From 09/09/2003 to 21/10/2003, Act.Ref.: 03.1AE.07)

(From 11/07/2003 to 05/09/2003, Act.Ref.: 03.1AE.05)

(From 18/08/2003 to 03/10/2003, Act.Ref.: 03.1AE.06)


For a complete list of ESA Tender Actions, see:


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