Space Weather Euro News Vol. 8 Issue 7 (12-5-2004)

Table of Contents:

  1. Call for papers: Beacon Satellite Symposium (BSS 2004), Abdus Salam ICTP, Trieste, Italy  October 18-22, 2004
  2. ESA Round Table on radiation effects software R&D
  3. Solar Image Processing Workshop II
  4. The New Space Weather Center Website
  5. PSW contribution to a reflection on COSPAR's future
  6. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS


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1. Call for papers: Beacon Satellite Symposium (BSS 2004), Abdus Salam
   ICTP, Trieste, Italy  October 18-22, 2004

From: Patricia Doherty <>

The next Beacon Satellite Symposium (BSS 2004) will be held at the Abdus
Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste,
Italy on October 18-22, 2004. This meeting will provide a unique
opportunity for ionospheric scientists from all over the world to meet
and collaborate on the ionospheric effects on radio propagation. This
meeting is primary sponsored by the Beacon Satellite Group of the
International Union of Radio Science (URSI) Commission G. The Beacon
Satellite Group is interdisciplinary, servicing science, research,
application and engineering interests. These interests include all
aspects of satellite signals observed on the ground and by receivers
on-board satellites.

The prime topics for discussion at this symposium include:

1) Ionospheric Tomography Algorithms and Measurements, Chair:
   Dr. Ed Fremouw
2) Ionospheric Effects on Satellite Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS);
   WAAS, EGNOS, GAGAN, MSAS and future systems, Chair: Ms. Patricia Doherty
3) Ionospheric Scintillation effects, measurements and modeling,
   especially for L-Band Systems, Chairs: TBD
4) Total Electron Content effects, measurements and modeling, Chairs: TBD
5) GPS Occultation Studies, Chairs: TBD
6) Ionospheric Effects on Geodesy and Time Transfer using GPS, Chairs: TBD
7) New Research Opportunities Using Beacon Satellite Signals, Chairs: TBD

The scientific committee will consider contributions for oral and poster
presentations from all areas connected to beacon satellite investigations.
However, contributions from the primary topics are especially encouraged.
Deadline for submission of abstracts is 14 May 2004. To submit an abstract,
please submit it on-line at:


or e-mail a copy to:,,, and

If you prefer, you may send a copy of your abstract via post-mail to:

Ms. Patricia Doherty
Boston College/ISR
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3862

More detailed information regarding this workshop will soon be available at:



Dr. Reinhart Leitinger, Chairman of the Beacon Satellite Studies Group
Graz, 28 April 2004

2. ESA Round Table on radiation effects software R&D

From: Giovanni Santin & Petteri Nieminen

This is a reminder of the event below. Those of you who wish to attend,
please inform Giovanni Santin (contact via the above webform) by 28 May,
such that you can be registered in the ESTEC visitor system. Also, those
who plan to give a presentation (maximum 2 slides), please provide this
to Giovanni either in PPT or PDF format by that date.


In the latest ESA Technology Research Programme internal proposal round,
an activity with the title

"Radiation Effects on Advanced Technologies: Models and Software"

has recently been approved to the extent of 600 kEuro. This activity
will focus on radiation engineering application developments such as

- Development of easy-to-use interfaces from the Geant4 radiation transport
  software to Web-based engineering systems, for instance SPENVIS, and to
  CAD tools;
- Interfaces to Non-Ionising Energy Loss and total dose simulation tools
  for solar cells, CCDs, and materials;
- Single Event Effects simulation and generic microdosimetry calculation
  capabilities for arbitrary materials and sensitive volumes;
- Capability to use SPENVIS sectoring tool geometries for Geant4-based flux
  and dose analyses;
- Simulation of ground-based testing and recommendations on improved test
- Identification and development of effects models for various technologies;
- Development of new electromagnetic and hadronic physics models and other
  Geant4 kernel capabilities (e.g. in geometry) to extend useability of
  Geant4 to a broad range of space engineering analyses.

In preparation of the activity, we are pleased to invite you to a one-day
Round Table event for discussion on the most important end-user requirements,
relevant technologies, techniques and development areas in the above context.
This will take place on 7 June 2004, from 09.30, in the Einstein conference
room at ESTEC.

To initiate the discussion, we welcome short (maximum 2 slides) informal
presentations from interested parties on those developments they consider
most important and urgent in the time frame of the next 5 years. While
obviously we cannot guarantee that all of these will ultimately be included
in the Statement of Work, we will do our best to consolidate the inputs to a
coherent work programme.

Please note that this will be an event to discuss the possible content of the
activity and not of the bidding, contracting or team composition issues since
a contract will be prepared following an open competitive invitation to tender.

The discussion will be moderated by the ESA Space Environments and Effects
Section (TOS-EES) and the Radiation Effects and Component Analysis Techniques
Section (TOS-QCA).

Please feel free to forward this note to any interested European colleagues.

3. Solar Image Processing Workshop II

From: Peter Gallagher

Solar physicists are currently confronted by a rich set of imaging data
from a variety of ground- and space-based observatories, and there is a lot
of interest in the community in making a coordinated approach to the
problem. Following on the success of the first Solar Image Processing
Workshop ( ) hosted at the Royal Observatory of
Belgium in October 2003, a follow-on meeting is being planned for November
2004 in Maryland, USA.

In this, the second in the Solar Image Processing Workshop series, our goal
is to again bring together solar physicists and image processing experts to
maximize the scientific return from these data using modern image
processing methods. Techniques to be discussed include: image enhancement
(e.g., filtering, visualization); image restoration (e.g., deconvolution,
image registration, coordinate transformation); image segmentation (e.g.,
feature extraction and description); image classification (e.g., neural
networks, machine learning, statistical methods); multiscale methods (e.g.,
wavelets); and multi-dimensional methods (e.g., time-space-energy).

The application of these methods to existing data - such as RHESSI, SOHO,
TRACE, BBSO, and the VTT - and to the large volume and variety of data from
upcoming missions - such as SDO and STEREO - will be discussed.

The meeting will be held on 3-5 November 2004 in historic Annapolis,
Maryland, USA. Further details can be found at:

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4. The New Space Weather Center Website

From: Paul Dusenbery <>

Note that this site uses Flash, and may not work on some Unix systems.

Like mini-golf?  Ever tried it with a proton in the magnetosphere?  Or
how about trying to knock out an Earth orbiting satellite with a CME?

The Space Science Institute ( launched the Space
Weather Center website in 1999 in support of the 1,000 square foot
nationally touring science exhibit of the same name (developed in
partnership with NASA/GSFC).  While the exhibit has since retired, the
new Space Weather Center website (intended for general audiences) is one
of the most comprehensive and accessible space weather information
resources available online today.

The redesigned site has a fresh new look, and a number of online
interactives that help communicate some of the basic concepts related to
space weather and Sun-Earth connections (like Space Golf and the Wrath
of Ra).  The overall structure of the site tells the space weather
story, beginning with the plasma state of matter and a thorough
introduction to the Sun - the place where space weather begins.  Other
areas of the site continue the story, focusing on auroras and storms in
Earth's magnetic field, space weather forecasting and research/modeling.
Visitors can also access additional resources, such as a space weather
FAQ, links, and a glossary and they can download the Family Guide to the
Sun. Teachers can also download the latest version of SSI's middle
school supplement, Solarscapes.

The Family Guide to the Sun is an innovative collection of pictures,
puzzles, poetry, and projects for use with adults, educators, and
parents who work with kids aged 6- 12 in informal learning settings
(e.g. at home, in museums, planetariums, nature centers, youth groups,
etc). Its major themes are: The Sun as a Star, The Sun's Connection to
Life on Earth, The Sun's "Motion" in Earth's Sky, and The Sun's 11-Year
Cycle of Activity. 

Feedback is welcomed. Our hope is that space weather researchers will
want to contribute to the site: offering models, graphics, and other
resources. We encourage you to link this site to yours.

5. PSW contribution to a reflection on COSPAR's future

From: Alain Hilgers <>

The COSPAR Panel on Space Weather (PSW) primarily deals with the study
of the hostile nature of the space environment. The topics range from
biological effects of radiation and energetic particles on humans in
space, to the physical mechanisms disturbing the space environment to
the detriment of orbiting satellites or power systems on the ground.

COSPAR Bureau is initiating a reflection on how this organization helps
the scientific community to meet the needs for society and how it should
evolve in the future.

Example of issues to address includes but are not limited to:
-What role for COSPAR at the beginning of 21st Century?
-What role for COSPAR vis-à-vis the scientific community, agencies,
  ICSU, IAU, IAA, etc.?
-What values does COSPAR add to the various domains in which it is active?
-Should the scientific commissions be restructured or their role redefined?
-How COSPAR tools should evolve?
-Should COSPAR become an Union or remain an Interdisciplinary Body of ICSU?

To contribute to this reflection the COSPAR Panel on Space Weather will
discuss the related issues with its associates during the Panel business
meeting on Wednesday 21 July at 13:00 at the 35th COSPAR SCIENTIFIC ASSEMBLY
(Paris, France).

To prepare the agenda of this business meeting, all associates to the COSPAR
Space Weather Panel (i.e. attendees of COPAR Panel's session) are hereby
invited to provide their inputs in advance to

Alain Hilgers
COSPAR, Space Weather Panel Chair.
6.  Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA EMITS

  (From 19/03/2004 to 12/05/2004, Act.Ref.: 04.1AE.01)

  (From 22/03/2004 to 17/05/2004, Act.Ref.: 04.1AE.03)

  (From 05/04/2004 to 18/05/2004, Act.Ref.: 04.1EE.04)

  (From 05/04/2004 to 08/06/2004, Act.Ref.: 04.155.01)

(From 08/04/2004 to 08/06/2004, Act.Ref.: 04.155.02)

  (From 16/03/2004 to 07/11/2004, Act.Ref.: 04.135.01)


For a complete list of ESA Tender Actions, see:


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