Space Weather Euro News Vol. 7 Issue 15 (21-12-2003)

Table of Contents:

  1. COST 724: Developing the scientific basis for monitoring, modelling and predicting Space Weather
  2. Call for Papers for AGU/CGU/SEG 2004 Joint Assembly Special Session SPA20: Violent Sun-Earth Connection Events of October-November 2003
  3. Call for Papers for First AOGS Meeting Special Session SP12: Space Weather Nowcast and Forecast
  4. Some Tender Actions from ESA EMITS



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1. COST 724: Developing the scientific basis for monitoring, modelling
and predicting Space Weather

From: Jean Lilensten

The new COST action 724 "Developing the scientific basis for monitoring,
modelling and predicting Space Weather" has been officially started last
November. The main objective of the Action is to develop further within
a European framework the science underpinning space weather applications,
as well as exploring methods for providing a comprehensive range of public
space weather services to a variety of users, based on modelling and
monitoring of the sun-Earth system.

The inaugural meeting was held in Brussels on 24 November 2003 with the
participation of delegates from 17 European Countries. In this meeting
the chairpersons and the work group leaders were elected and the basic
guidelines of the work programme that will be implemented in the next
four years of the action's lifetime, were discussed.

Chairpersons of the action are:
Jean Lilensten (Chairperson)
Laboratoire de Planétologie de Grenoble
Tel 33 4 76 51 41 49, Fax 33 4 76 51 41 46,

Anna Belehaki (Vice-Chairperson)
Ionospheric Group, Institute for Space Applications and Remote Sensing
National Observatory of Athens
Tel +30-210-8109192, Fax +30-210-6138343

This action is organized into 4 working groups:

WG1 Monitoring and predicting solar activity for Space Weather
(Leader:Mauro Messerotti, Co-Leader: Werner Schmutz)
WG2 The radiation environment of the Earth
(Leader: Rami Vainio, Co-Leader: Daniel Heynderickx)
WG3 Interaction of solar wind disturbances with the Earth
(Leader: Jurgen Watermann, Co-Leader: Stefaan Poedts)
WG4 Space Weather Observations and Services
(Leader: Frank Jansen, Co-Leader: Maurizio Candidi)

The general aims of the COST724 Action are:

·To coordinate European research into modelling and prediction
of space weather;
·To promote where necessary the deployment of new instrumentation
to satisfy data requirements, and the development of new models;
·To educate potential users of space weather data;
·To gather feedback from users which may be used to improve services;
·To create a forum for exchanging "best practice" among users and
providers of space weather services;
·To set standards on data exchange

The main benefit of such a concerted European Space Weather programme
is that organisations which face hazards from space weather in their
day-to-day operations will have a resource which will enable them to
manage the risk, and which will have traceable quality standards.
To accomplish these goals COST724 Action will develop strong links
with other research institutions, aiming to benefit from their
achievements and at the same time will systematically exchange
know-how with adjacent research groups and organizations (e.g.
COST271 Action, eSTAR, CAWSES, ESA, ESOC, ISES). To reach an optimum
in the dissemination level, COST724 will establish a European Space
Weather Network in order to pool European expertise in space physics
and space weather and to be possible to develop an efficient means
of communicating information about space weather environment to users.
Under this frame of action COST724 will organise a European Space
Weather Week and will also develop activities in publications,
public outreach, and public education.

A COST action aims at the coordination of science activities in Europe,
having as main objectives cooperation among different institutions of
different countries in Europe. Today, 17 countries officially joined
COST724 (Greece, United Kingdom, Bulgaria, France, Austria, Czech
Republic, Belgium, Slovakia, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, Italy,
Finland, Spain, Danemark, Sweden, Germany); there are 3 declarations
of intent (Russia, Armenia, Ukraine). We welcome the participation of
other countries, as a guarantee of the success of this action. If you
are interested to joint please contact Jean Lilensten or Anna Belehaki.

2. Call for Papers for AGU/CGU/SEG 2004 Joint Assembly Special Session
SPA20: Violent Sun-Earth Connection Events of October-November 2003

From: Nat Gopalswamy

AGU/CGU/SEG 2004 Joint Assembly
17-21 May 2004 in Montreal, Canada

SPA20: Violent Sun-Earth Connection Events of October-November 2003

Three solar active regions during October 22 to November 04 2003 produced
some of the largest Sun-Earth connection events on record. Fast coronal
mass ejections (CMEs), X-class flares, solar energetic particles, and
interplanetary shocks were abundantly observed during these events. A few
of the flares also produced gamma-rays. CMEs originating from close the
center of the Sun arrived at Earth in less than a day and resulted in huge
geomagnetic storms (Dst ~ -350 nT). Record speeds were observed in the
solar wind and magnetosheath, which bear comparison with the events
following the historical flare seen by Carrington in 1859. 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
behavior illuminating the processes behind the injection of plasmasheet
materials into the inner magnetosphere and the subsequent ring current and
then ionospheric responses. The effects on particles, composition and
fields comprising our environment were seen all the way from their
inception at the Sun, to the interplanetary medium at 1 AU, to the
magnetosheath, to the nose of the magnetosphere and up to the distant tail
at 150 earth-radii downtail. The October-November events amply
demonstrated the sudden and unexpected nature of solar eruptions and
provide an important opportunity to understand what remains to us the
unpredictable response of the magnetosphere during extreme, solar events.
Papers on all aspects of the solar eruptions - their solar origin,
interplanetary propagation, and geospace impact - are welcome. Modeling,
data analysis and theory papers related to these events are anticipated.
Comparison with other strong events in this or other cycles will help to
bring the observations of these Sun-Earth Connection Events par excellence
into proper perspective.

Conveners: Nat Gopalswamy, Code 695.0 Bldg 21, Room 260, NASA/GSFC,
Greenbelt MD 20771-0001, ph: 1-301-286-5885, fax: 1-301-286-1433

Charlie Farrugia, Space Science Center and Department of Physics,
University of New Hampshire, Morse Hall, Rm 414, Durham, NH 03824. Phone:
603-862-4596; fax: 603-862-0311

Barbara Giles, Code SS, NASA Headquarters, Washington DC 20546, Ph:

Robert Lin, Space Science Laboratory, Univ of California Berkeley,
Berkeley, CA 94720 ph:510-642-1149, fax: 510-643-8302

Ruth Skoug, Los Alamos Natl Lab, Group NIS-1 MS D466, Los Alamos,
NM 87545, ph: 505-667-6594, fax:505-667-7395

Chuck Smith, Space Science Center and Department of Physics, University
of New Hampshire, Room 207 Morse Hall, 39 College Road, Durham, NH 03824.
ph:603-862-0890; fax: 603-862-3584

Robert Wimmer-Schweingruber, Institut fuer Experimentelle und Angewandte
Physik, University of Kiel, Leibnizstrasse 11, D-24118 Kiel, Germany, ph:
(+) 49 431 880 3964; Fax: (+) 49 431 880 3968,

- 01 Jan 2004: Deadline for applications for Berkner Travel Fellowships
- 12 Feb 2004: Deadline for abstract submissions by postal or express mail
- 19 Feb 2004, 1400 UT: Deadline for electronic online abstract

Further details:

3. Call for Papers for First AOGS Meeting Special Session SP12:
Space Weather Nowcast and Forecast

From: Simon Wing

Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) First Annual Meeting
5 to 9 July 2004

Special Session: SP(12) -- Space weather nowcast and forecast

With technological advances, the needs and reliance on space weather
predictions will approach those of terrestrial weather. The activities
that rely on satellites and the near-Earth space environments include
communications, navigations, electric power operations, terrestrial
weather predictions, space and air travels, and space-based researches
and developments. Recently, space weather predictions have become
increasingly more sophisticated, employing great variety of mathematical
tools, techniques, models etc. The availabilities of real time data
from a large variety of sources ranging from solar observatories, solar
wind monitors, magnetospheric and ionospheric satellites, to ground
instruments have helped move space weather forecasting from research to
operational stage. Such transitions require good model validations.
This session will highlight all aspects of space weather predictions,
including models, techniques, tools, validations, data sources, and
operations. Papers ranging from theoretical to operational aspects of
the space weather nowcasts and forecasts and their impacts on
technological systems are solicited.


Simon Wing, The Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Lab
11100 Johns Hopkins Road Laurel, MD 20723-6099 USA.
Tel.: 240 228 8075, Fax: 240 228 6670

Kazue Takahashi, The Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Lab
11100 Johns Hopkins Road Laurel, MD 20723-6099 USA

Jay R. Johnson, Princeton University, Plasma Physics Lab
James Foristal Campus POB 451Princeton, NJ 08543

Abstracts must be submitted to AOGS Web by February 15 2004.
Additional information with instructions for abstract submission and
registration can be found at

4. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA EMITS

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

(From 11/12/2003 to 12/02/2004, Act.Ref.: 03.153.35)

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


For a complete list of ESA Tender Actions, see:


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Volker Bothmer, EGS-Solar Physics Secretary
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