Space Weather Euro News Vol. 8 Issue 1 (6-1-2004)

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  1. First International Symposium on SPACE CLIMATE: Direct and Indirect Observations of Long-Term Solar Activity, Second Announcement
  2. 2004 International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation. August 17-21, 2004, Sendai, JAPAN, Sendai International Center.
    Young Scientist Travel Grants Available
  3. Call for Papers for First AOGS Meeting Special Session SP12: Space Weather Nowcast and Forecast
  4. COSPAR session PSW-1: Space Weather Prediction, Applications and Validation
  5. Call for Papers for 2004 Joint Assembly Session SPA12: Dynamics of Relativistic Electrons in the Earth's Inner Magnetosphere:
    Observations, Models, and Space Weather Implications
  6. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS

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1. First International Symposium on SPACE CLIMATE: Direct and Indirect
Observations of Long-Term Solar Activity, Second Announcement
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From: Kalevi Mursula

First International Symposium on SPACE CLIMATE:
Direct and Indirect Observations of Long-Term Solar Activity

SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT

First International Symposium on Space Climate: Direct and Indirect
Observations of Long-Term Solar Activity will be held around the
Summer Solstice (20-23 June 2004) in Oulu, Finland, hosted by the
University of Oulu. Full updated information on the Symposium is
available at the Symposium web-site
http://cosmicrays.oulu.fi/spaceclimate1/

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Deadline for financial support applications - 15 February 2004
Deadline for abstract submission - 31 March 2004
Deadline for early registration - 31 March 2004
Symposium starts - 20 June 2004

SCIENTIFIC RATIONALE

The Symposium aims to cover a wide range of topics nowadays covered
under the apt nickname of Space Climate, i.e., the long-term change
in the Sun, heliosphere and near-Earth space. The topics of the
Symposium include, e.g.,
Long-term cyclicities in solar activity;
Extremes in solar activity: Great minima and active times;
Long-term hemispheric and longitudinal asymmetries of solar activity;
Stellar magnetic cycles;
Long-term behaviour of solar magnetic field;
Long-term helioseismic observations;
Different modes of stellar dynamos;
Long-term changes in the heliosphere;
Cosmogenic isotopes as long-term solar proxies;
Long-term cosmic ray variations;
Long-term geomagnetic and auroral activity;

The Symposium aims to discuss the above and related topics in an
inspiring and informal atmosphere of the Northern Finland during the
time of continuous lightness. The program will consist of a number of
invited talks, shorter contributed oral presentations and posters.
Since this is the first symposium on a new topic, a relatively large
number of invited review lectures will be included in the program in
order to acquaint all participants with the various aspects of Space
Climate. Also, some time will be reserved in the program for for
discussions on the most interesting aspects of space climate.

SCIENTIFIC ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

J. Beer, E. Cliver, A. Ferriz-Mas, D. Hoyt, H. Moraal, K. Mursula
(Co-Chair), H. Nevanlinna, J.-P. Rozelot (Co-Chair), M. Shea, S.
Solanki, I. Tuominen, I. Usoskin

LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

K. Alanko, S. Berdyugina, T. Hiltula, T. Jamsen, S. Joki-Huuki, J.
Jussila, L. Kalliopuska (secretary), K. Mursula (Co-Chair), V-M-
Pelkonen, I. Usoskin (Co-Chair)

INVITED SPEAKERS

J. Beer, S. Berdyugina, E. Cliver, A. Ferriz-Mas, L. Gizon, B.
Kromer, H. Moraal, K. McCracken*, H. Nevanlinna, J.-P. Rozelot, E.
Smith*, D. Sokoloff, S. Solanki, L. Svalgaard, J. Sykora, Y.-M. Wang
(* to be confirmed)

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION

The deadline for abstract submission is 31 March 2004. Abstract (up
to 400 words) can be submitted either in plain text or LaTeX format
using web-based form (available after Jan. 15 2004) or by e-mail to
mailto:spaceclimate1@oulu.fi. In the latter case please clearly
indicate the presenting author. Abstracts will be printed in an
abstract booklet and distributed during the Symposium.

REGISTRATION

The deadline for early registration is 31 March 2004. The web-based
form should be used for registration (available after Jan. 15 2004).
The registration fee by March 31 2004 is 180 Euro, which includes
conference materials, coffee break service, welcome reception,
conference dinner and other social program. Late registration fee
thereafter is 200 Euro. The fee for accompanying persons is 80 Euro,
which includes welcome reception, conference dinner and other social
program.

Registration fee can be paid preferably by credit card through the
web page after January 15, 2004. Note that we accept _only_ VISA,
MASTER CARD or EURO CARD. Cash payment is also possible (but not
recommended) at the registration desk during the Symposium. Cheques
are not accepted.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Due to a limited budget, only a very limited number of support grants
can be given, mostly in the form of conference fee waiver. If you
need support please submit your request with Your abstract before 15
Ferbuary 2004 following the instructions that will be available on
the Symposium web site after January 15 2004.

SPONSORS
We wish to thank the following for their contribution to the success
of this Symposium: European Office of Aerospace Research and
Development, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, United States
Air Force Research Laboratory, and the University of Oulu.

PUBLICATION

Selected papers will be published in the Springer publication series
after a peer review. Other contributions may be published, e.g., in
the PASP series.

TRAVEL

Oulu is a modern university town and the high-tech capital of
Finland. Oulu is situated at 65 deg latitude, only 200 km south of
the Polar Circle. This location guarantees that the nights during the
Summer Solstice are almost as light as during the day although the
Sun briefly drops below the horizon.

Oulu can be easily reached by an 1-hour flight from Helsinki (10+
daily flights operated by Finnair http://www.finnair.com/ and Flying
Finn http://www.flyingfinn.fi/) or from Stockholm (a few daily
flights operated by SAS http://www.sas.fi/ or actually its daughter
company Blue1 http://www.blue1.com/). During the 6-7-hour train trip
from Helsinki to Oulu you can enjoy the northern nature (forest)
sightseeing or sleep in a comfortable sleeping car. Those coming from
St. Petersburg to Helsinki can take a flight by Finnair or Aeroflot
(http://www.aeroflot.ru/eng/), or use a train or bus.
The shortest train route from St.Petersburg directly to Oulu goes via
the route St.Petersburg-Riihimaki-Oulu.

VISA INFORMATION

Finland is a member of the Schengen zone, and, accordingly, all
regulations applied to the Schengen zone are valid here. For most of
European countries, U.S.A., Japan, a short-term entry to Finland does
not require a visa. For Russia and other ex-USSR countries visa is
needed. Please consult at your nearest Embassy/Consulate of Finland
about your case. If you need a letter of invitation for Your visa,
please let us know and the LOC will send you an official letter of
invitation verifying that the purpose of your planned visit is a
scientific attendance at the Symposium.

ACCOMMODATION

There are a number of hotels in Oulu with prices starting from about
80 Euro/night (which includes a hot buffet breakfast). LOC is also
aiming to find a possibility for a cheaper accommodation in a hostel
or a University guest-room. Detailed information on the accommodation
will be available later.

FURTHER INFORMATION AND CONTACT ADDRESSES

Further updated information will be placed on the Symposium web-site:
http://cosmicrays.oulu.fi/SpaceClimate1/

A formal contact address is

e-mail: SpaceClimate1@oulu.fi
fax: +358-8-5531303 or +358-8-5531287
Address: Space Climate Symposium
Department of Physical Sciences
P.O.Box 3000
FIN-90014 University of Oulu
Finland

You can also contact one of us directly:

Kalevi Mursula
email: kalevi.mursula@oulu.fi
Phone: +358-8-5531366

Ilya Usoskin
email: ilya.usoskin@oulu.fi
Phone: +358-8-5531377

Leena Kalliopuska, secretary
email: Leena.Kalliopuska@oulu.fi
Phone: +358-8-5531378

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2. 2004 International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation. August
17-21, 2004, Sendai, JAPAN, Sendai International Center.
Young Scientist Travel Grants Available
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From: Bertram Arbesser-Rastberg

Young Scientist Travel Grant (YSTG) will be awarded by ISAP to several
young overseas speakers who need financial support to present their papers at
the 2004 International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation to be held on
August 17-21, 2004 in Sendai, Japan at the Sendai International Center.

The applicants must be less than 35 years old as of August 21, 2004.
The Steering Committee will select the winners and provide a part of
traveling (depending on the distance from Japan and maximum about 100
thousand yen) and staying (about 50 thousand yen) expenses and registration
fee at the symposium site. The YSTG Application Form can be downloaded
from the ISAP '04 Electronic Submission Web page after filling in the
Registration Form. Applicants to this support program should attach the
signed YSTG Application Form to the normal submission, keeping submission
deadline of YSTG papers, February 1, 2004.

Download the final call for papers from the ISAP'04 website:
http://www.ieice.org/cs/isap/2004/

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

First Annual Meeting of Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS)
5-9 July 2004, Singapore
Abstracts deadline: February 15 2004.
Additional information : <http://www.asiaoceania.org/index.html>.

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

Abstract
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.

Conveners:

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; e-mail: simon.wing@jhuapl.edu

Kazue Takahashi, The Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Lab
11100 Johns Hopkins Road Laurel, MD 20723-6099 USA. email:
kazue.takahashi@jhuapl.edu

Jay R. Johnson, Princeton University, Plasma Physics Lab
James Foristal Campus POB 451Princeton, NJ 08543. email:jrj@pppl.gov

Abstracts must be submitted to AOGS Web by February 15 2004.
Additional information with instructions for abstract submission and
registration can be found at <http://www.asiaoceania.org/index.html>.

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4. COSPAR session PSW-1: Space Weather Prediction, Applications and Validation
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From: Mike Hapgood

A special session on "Space Weather Prediction: Applications and Validation"
will take place during the forthcoming 35th COSPAR Scientific Assembly in
Paris, France, 18 - 25 July 2004.

Session Description: Space weather has become a hot topic in recent years as
a result of the growing appreciation that many phenomena in the space
environment around the Earth can affect human beings and their technological
systems. Thus space weather is concerned both with the scientific
understanding of those phenomena and the application of that understanding
to the practical problems posed by space weather. This event will focus on
the latter issue. It will provide a forum for discussion on the development
of space weather applications and will place a strong emphasis on validation
of those applications for practical use. This forum will encourage dialogue
between the space weather science and applications communities and will seek
to raise awareness of how science can address applications issues. Thus we
invite papers on requirements for space weather applications, on specific
applications and their validation and on techniques and metrics for
validation. We encourage authors to address key applications issues
including practicability, reliability, timeliness and cost effectiveness. We
welcome contributions from all applications areas including (but not limited
to):
* spacecraft anomalies
* interference with space-based sensors
* spacecraft drag
* trans-ionospheric radio propagation
* radiation issues for air crew/travellers and avionics
* geomagnetically induced currents

Oral and poster presentations on this topic are most welcome. See the
COSPAR2004 website, http://www.copernicus.org/COSPAR/COSPAR.html, for
further information on the Scientific Sessions,
Abstract Preparation and Submission, Financial Support etc.

The abstract submission deadline is 15 February 2004.

Main Scientific Organizer: Mike Hapgood, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory,
UK. E-mail: M.Hapgood@rl.ac.uk.

Deputy Organizer: David Boteler, Geological Survey of Canada, Ottawa,
Canada. E-mail: boteler@geolab.nrcan.gc.ca

Organizing Committee Members:
Alexi Glover, ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands (Email: Alexi.Glover@esa.int)
Jean-Yves Prado, CNES, Toulouse, France (Email: Jean-Yves.Prado@cnes.fr)
Jiancun Gong, CSSAR, Beijing, China (Email: gongjc@sepc.ac.cn)
Terry Onsager, SEC, Boulder, CO, USA (Email: Terry.Onsager@noaa.gov)
Takahiro Obara, CRL, Tokyo, Japan (Email: T.Obara@crl.go.jp)
Alain Hilgers (Chair, COSPAR Panel on Space Weather), ESTEC, Noordwijk,
Netherlands (Email: Alain.Hilgers@esa.int)

This session is sponsored by ESA and CNES.

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5. Call for Papers for 2004 Joint Assembly Session SPA12: Dynamics of
Relativistic Electrons in the Earth's Inner Magnetosphere:
Observations, Models, and Space Weather Implications
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From: Shri Kanekal

2004 Joint Assembly
17-21 May 2004 in Montreal, Canada

SPA12: Dynamics of Relativistic Electrons in the Earth's Inner
Magnetosphere: Observations, Models, and Space Weather Implications

Convener: S.Kanekal
Dept. of Physics, Catholic University of America, USA
301-405-6237, kanekal@surya.umd.edu

D.Baker
Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, USA
303-492-4509, Daniel.Baker@lasp.colorado.edu

J. Blake
The Aerospace Corporation, USA
310-336-7078, JBernard.Blake@aero.org

Description: An impressive body of both theoretical and observational work
regarding the energization and loss of relativistic electrons in the
Earth's outer radiation belts has accumulated over the past years. Never
the less, many details regarding the underlying physics remain unclear.
Recent theoretical work has led to the development of several competing
models of electron energization ranging from transport-dominated to
in-situ acceleration mechanisms. Observational work has suggested that
electron energization may be global and remarkably coherent in spatial
extent as well as pitch angle. Association of electron enhancement with

geomagnetic storms has been shown to be complicated suggesting that not
all storms necessarily lead to enhanced fluxes of energetic electrons.
Space weather aspects of high fluxes of relativistic electrons assume
increasing importance with the approaching declining phase of the current
solar cycle. We call for presentations on all aspects of relativistic
electron dynamics; energization, loss and their mutual interplay leading
to flux enhancements. Both observational and theoretical presentations are
solicited. In addition presentations highlighting space weather aspects
are also welcome.

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6. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA EMITS
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AO4548 ASSESSMENT OF RADIO-WAVE PROPAGATION FOR SATELLITE COMMUNICATION
AND NAVIGATION SYSTEMS IN TROPICAL AND SUB-TROPICAL AREAS
(From 11/12/2003 to 12/02/2004, Act.Ref.: 03.153.35)

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

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Henrik Lundstedt, Lund space weather center
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Volker Bothmer, EGS-Solar Physics Secretary
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