Space Weather Euro News Vol. 7 Issue 14 (25-11-2003)

Table of Contents:

  1. Space Weather Working Team (SWWT) Meeting 14 Summary
  2. AGU's Space Weather Online Journal Now Live!
  3. Late-Breaking Session During Fall AGU on Friday, December 12, 2003
  4. EGU-1st General Assembly
  5. NATO Advanced Study Institute on "Sprites, Elves and Intense
    Lightning Discharges"
  6. Some Tender Actions from ESA EMITS



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1. Space Weather Working Team (SWWT) Meeting 14 Summary

From: Francois Lefeuvre

During his presentation entitled "ESA and Space Weather" (Programmatics
session of the workshop), it was made clear that the ESA General
Study Programme (GSP) considers that, after the funding of the Space
Weather Applications Pilot Project, Space Weather activities geared
towards a possible future programme, will have to be funded from an
alternative source. This confirms the need to see how Space Weather
activities could be funded by other European entities. Presently, two
possibilities have been explored: the submission of a STREP proposal
to a call of the Aeronautics & Space thematic of the EU Commissions's
6th Framework Programme (FP6) and ESA/GMES. Both were initially

The space weather related STREP proposal to FP6, formerly known as SWEET,
and led by FMI is in the process of being reworked and is now called
SW-RISK (Space Weather - Risk Indices from Scientific Know-how). According
to the STREP constraints, the number of participants and sub-contractors
will be very limited. However, groups who would like to contribute may
send an expression of interest to Risto Pirjola and Hanna Lappalainen
by November 30. The application must include a one page description of
expertise and possible contribution in the Work Packages, as described
by Risto Pirjola during the meeting:

The core group working on the proposal will make a final selection by
December 15.

According to the importance of the solar events observed in October
(particularly on 28 and 29 October) several urgent actions have been
taken to collect and circulate all observed effects. The contact person
is Frank Jansen.

Several Topical groups met during the ESA workshop (Ground Effects;
Atmospheric Effects; Ionospheric Effects; Education, Outreach and
Emerging Markets). The minutes will be published on the ESA Space
Weather web site. Other topical groups are expected to take initiatives
in the near future (Fundamental research; spacecraft and aircraft
environments, programmatics).

2. AGU's Space Weather Online Journal Now Live!

From: AGU

The first publication devoted to the emerging field of space weather
was launched on 28th October 2003. The new online journal,
"Space Weather: The International Journal of Research and Applications",
is live at

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll find inside Space Weather’s debut issue:

* Cosmic Ray Hazards to Aircraft

* Profile of the U.S. Community Coordinated Modeling Center

* New International Living with a Star Initiative Unites the World’s
Space Agencies

For complete coverage of the latest space weather research, news, and
information, log on today. Online access to Space Weather is FREE
through 31 March 2004. Paid subscriptions begin 1 April 2004.

If you are interested in contributing to Space Weather, manuscripts
can be submitted online at

Space Weather is published by AGU and co-sponsored by the National
Science Foundation (NSF) and the International Space Environment
Service (ISES).

3. Late-Breaking Session During Fall AGU on Friday, December 12, 2003

From: Nat Gopalswamy

A late-breaking session at the Fall AGU meeting is being organized to
discuss the October - November 2003 Superstorms. The purpose of this
session is to provide a preliminary description of all the data obtained
corresponding to various spatial domains relevant to the storms. The
session will contain 8 invited talks and up to 25 posters. The poster
papers will be accepted on a "first-come first-serve" basis. The
late-breaking session will serve as a precursor to the Spring AGU meeting,
where detailed analysis will be presented.

Session Description: SM09 Late-breaking session on October-November Storms

Fast coronal mass ejections (CMEs), X-class flares, Solar energetic
particles, and interplanetary shocks - were fully observed during
the recent solar eruptions in October-November 2003. The CMEs
arrived at Earth with shocks and produced huge geomagnetic storms.
Intense aurora, substantial enhancements of the Earth's radiation
belts and high fluxes of escape velocity flows from the ionosphere
to the magnetosphere were observed. The multiple magnetic storm
sequences revealed interesting behaviors illuminating the processes
behind the injection of plasmasheet materials into the inner
magnetosphere and the subsequent ring current and then ionospheric
responses. Papers on all aspects of these solar eruptions, such as
their solar origin, interplanetary propagation, and geospace impact
will be presented during the "late breaking session."

Conveners: Nat Gopalswamy (NASA/GSFC) and Bob Wimmer-Schweingruber
(Univ Kiel)

Poster abstracts should be submitted to SPA-Magnetospheric Physics section
and you should select Session SM09. Abstracts should be submitted no
later than November 24. Here is the link for the late-breaking abstract

Please note that the oral session will be scheduled Friday, December 12,
1600h-1800h. The poster session (maximum 25) will be scheduled on Friday
morning. You can submit a poster abstract even if you have already
submitted a contributed paper for a regular session.

If you have any difficulty in submitting your abstract, please contact
Ellyn Terry (ph:202-777-7335, fax: 202-328-0566)

4. EGU-1st General Assembly

From: EGU

we hereby would like to draw your attention to the first General Assembly
of the European Geosciences Union (EGU):

EGU 1st General Assembly, Nice, France 25-30 April 2004

Deadline for receipt of abstracts : 11 January 2004
Deadline for pre-registration : 8 April 2004

Please, forward this message also to your colleagues.

We are looking forward to seeing you at this meeting.

5. NATO Advanced Study Institute on "Sprites, Elves and Intense
Lightning Discharges"

From: Martin Fuellekrug

The NATO Advanced Study Institute on "Sprites, Elves and Intense
Lightning Discharges" at Corte in Corsica, July 21-30, 2004, is a
teaching activity aimed at young scientists which provides the latest
news in the following areas of research

- meteorology of intense lightning discharges
- optical sprite observations
- related ULF/ELF/VLF radiation
- theory and modelling of sprites

See the schools web site for detailed information and registration:

The attendance of the school is free of charge.

6. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA EMITS

(From 19/11/2003 to 19/01/2004, Act.Ref.: 03.123.02)

(From 29/10/2003 to 03/12/2003, Act.Ref.: 03.123.13)

(From 08/10/2003 to 19/11/2003, Act.Ref.: 03.181.01)


For a complete list of ESA Tender Actions, see:


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Volker Bothmer, EGS-Solar Physics Secretary
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