Space Weather Euro News Vol. 9 Issue 1 (13-01-2005)

Table of Contents:
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  1. Summary of the 16th Space Weather Working Team Meeting held at ESA-ESTEC on 30th November 2004
  2. Workshop on ionising particle measurements in space ESTEC-Netherlands January 31st -February 2nd 2005.
  3. EGU 2005: Session PS5.1, Space weather at other planets
  4. ST 19 "The problems of energy balance in the Earth's aeronomy", EGU GA, Vienna, 24-29 April 2005
  5. Call for papers: Special Session at AGU General Assembly SH07: Source Surface Models and Their Impact on Solar Wind Research AGU General Assembly, 23-27 May, 2005, New Orleans, LA
  6. IAGA Symposium GAIII.11, Spacecraft-plasma environment interactions 25 July 2005, Centre de Palais des Congres Pierre Baudis, Toulouse, France. Announcement and call for abstracts
  7. Symposium ST10: Ionospheric monitoring and modelling for advanced terrestrial and space-based systems.
  8. NOAA Space weather week student support
  9. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS

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1. Summary of the 16th Space Weather Working Team Meeting held at
   ESA-ESTEC on 1st December 2004
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From: Francois Lefeuvre (SWWT Chairman) <lefeuvre@cnrs-orleans.fr>

The 16th SWWT meeting was held during the first European Space Weather
Week at ESTEC (28th November – 3rd December 2004).

Space Weather activities in Europe are centred on scientific activities
supported by EU (COST, ESF) and operational activities supported by ESA
and national organisations. Actions have been taken to coordinate these
activities.

An important part of the 16th meeting of the SWWT has been devoted to
the mid-term review of the ESA pilot projects and on discussions on
how to present these results to other stake holders in Europe (e.g.,
EUMETSAT, European security entities,...)  in the context of possible
future European Space Weather initiatives. In both cases a strategy
which can be foreseen consists in discussing with members of these
organizations evaluation methods and tests of the importance of Space
Weather effects in their domains. It was reminded that formally the
tender action for the space weather pilot project is closed but that
possible support from ESA can always be sought through the existing
possibly relevant R&D programmes.

Several space weather proposals have been submitted in response to EU
FP6 following the explicit reference to "Space Weather" in the white
paper under section 3.4, “Space as a contribution to the CFSP, the ESDP
and to the anticipation and monitoring of humanitarian crises”. Contacts
with the EU Space policy unit and with GMES are planned to discuss how
the European space weather activity could fit best within FP7 and the
future European Space programme.

The question has been raised about an initiative of the European Space
Weather activity for the 2007-2009 International Geophysical Years (IGY).
A call for idea was launched for the proposal of a programme or an event
in the context of the International Polar Year (IPY), the electronic
Geophysical Year (eGY) or the International Heliospheric Year (IHY).
Possible involvement of SWWT and/or part of SWENET infrastructure will
be examined.

Several SWWT topical groups had a meeting during the week. Reports can be
found on their web sites:

-       Ionospheric effects
        ( http://www.ionoef.rl.ac.uk/ ).
-       Education, outreach and emerging markets
        ( http://plasma.oma.be/EOEM/ESA-Topical-Group/index.html )
-       Ground effects
        ( http://www.lund.irf.se/HeliosHome/groundeffectstg.html )
-       Atmospheric effects
        ( http://www.cls.fr/previsol/html/swwt_group_en.html )
-       Fundamental research
        ( http://www.lund.irf.se/HeliosHome/fundamentalresearch.html
-       Spacecraft and aircraft
        ( http://www.estec.esa.nl/wmwww/wma/spweather/esa_initiatives/swwt/TG/index.html )

The next SWWT meeting will take place on Tuesday April 26, 2005.

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2. Workshop on ionising particle measurements in space
   ESTEC-Netherlands January 31st -February 2nd 2005.
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From: Petteri Nieminen (Contact)

Members of the European space radiation and plasma monitoring
community are invited to attend a workshop on January 31st -February 2nd
2005 at ESA/ESTEC:

http://plasma.oma.be/mrm/workshop/workshop.html

The focus of the workshop will be on the review of current and next
generation of instruments devoted to ionising particle measurements in
space. The workshop introduction will review measurement requirements
derived from the European Space Agency's (ESA) and Centre National d'Etudes
Spatiale's (CNES) Space Environments and Effects Programmes. The workshop
agenda will also include:

   1. Review of the current existing instruments,
   2. Plenary sessions on recent developments for future instruments
   3. Plenary sessions on data availability, simulation, calibration
      and analysis
   4. Requirements of future European missions (Science, Navigation,
      Telecom, Earth
      Observation, Human Spaceflight, Exploration)
   5. Current and planned flight opportunities
   6. Possibilities of international cooperation

Organising committee: S. Bourdarie, A. Mohammadzadeh, E. Daly, A. Owens,
P. Nieminen.

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3. EGU 2005: Session PS5.1, Space weather at other planets
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From: Mike Hapgood <M.A.Hapgood@rl.ac.uk>

EGU 2005: Session PS5.1, Space weather at other planets
(convenor: Mike Hapgood, M.Hapgood@rl.ac.uk)

Oral and posters papers are invited for the session on "Space weather at
other planets" at the European Geosciences Union 2005 general assembly. The
aim of this session is to review the state of scientific knowledge about
space weather at planets other than the Earth, especially those likely to be
targets for planetary exploration in the coming decades. The scope of
planetary space weather covers much phenomena, including:
* radiation environments (cruise phase, in-orbit and on surface) relevant
for effects on spacecraft systems and living organisms
* ionospheres (relevant for effects on lander communications and orbiter
radars)
* upper neutral atmospheres (relevant for drag effects on orbiters)
Given the context of EGU the session should focus on understanding the
science of space weather effects in planetary environments, i.e. building up
the knowledge that will underpin future applications. Speakers are
encouraged to discuss not only what is well-known now, but also to indicate
open areas where research is needed.

The EGU 2005 general assembly takes place in Vienna, Austria, on 24 to 29
April 2005. The deadline for abstract submission is 21 January and the
schedule of presentations should be available on 25 February. For more
details including abstract submission see the meeting web site on
http://www.copernicus.org/EGU/ga/egu05/index.htm

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4. ST 19 "The problems of energy balance in the Earth's aeronomy", EGU
   GA, Vienna, 24-29 April 2005
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From: Sergei Avakyan <avak2@mail.ru>

ST 19 "The problems of energy balance in the Earth's aeronomy", EGU GA,
Vienna, 24-29 April 2005

In frame work of EGU General Assembly, Vienna, 24-29 April 2005, the
symposium ST 19 "The problems of energy balance in the Earth's aeronomy"
will take place. The conveners of this section are S.Avakyan, S.I. Vavilov
State Optical Institute, St.Petersburg, Russia, and A. Shirochkov,
Geophysical Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, St.Petersburg, Russia.

The following problems will be considered:

Modelling of the processes of ionisation and optical excitation in the Earth's
upper atmosphere experiences permanent problems with more accurate consideration
of energetic balance in the Earth's aeronomy. Some aspects of this problem
need to be explained in more details. Actually it means that our knowledge
of the main input parameter-values of the Sun X-ray and EUV fluxes is still
insufficent. Unfortunately there are no reliable models of energetic
characteristics of these fluxes during the solar flares of various intensity.

The problems of additional sources of energy in the thermosphere and in the
middle atmosphere, including the polar ionosphere are also worth of special
attention. The solar wind and the electric fields induced by the solar wind
disturbances must be considered more carefully in this connection.
We intend to discuss the following topics at the Session:

   1. Experimental data related to energetic problems in the physics of the
      ionosphere and upper atmosphere of the Earth.
   2. Possible approaches to modelling of these problems.
   3. Reviews of the existing and new ways to solve the energetic problems more
      accurately. The suggestions in performing new original experiments in this
      direction are welcomed.

The solicited, oral and poster presentations are planned at this Session.

Deadline - 21 January 2005, http://www.copernicus.org/EGU/ga/egu05/index.htm
http://www.cosis.net/members/meetings/programme/view.php?p_id=126

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5. Call for papers: Special Session at AGU General Assembly SH07:
   Source Surface Models and Their Impact on Solar Wind Research
   AGU General Assembly, 23-27 May, 2005, New Orleans, LA
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From: Bala Poduval <bala@quake.stanford.edu>

Call for papers: Special Session at AGU General Assembly

SH07:   Source Surface Models and Their Impact on Solar Wind Research
AGU General Assembly, 23-27 May, 2005, New Orleans, LA

Space Weather studies depend on various aspects of the Sun and its
magnetic activity. Much of the solar side of Space Weather is
concerned with the accurate prediction of the solar wind and its
properties which are closely related to the coronal magnetic field. Since
a direct measurement of the coronal magnetic field is still limited to
strong field regions, solar wind predictions are based on theoretical
models of the corona. It is time to review and assess the reliability of
such models and to consider improvements or alternate methods for the
success of Space Weather predictions. Hence the special session at the AGU
Spring Meeting, which is co-organized by the Solar Physics Division (SPD).
We invite abstracts to this session. Please submit at:
http://submissions5.agu.org/submission/entrance.asp

Electronic Abstract Deadline: 10 February 2359 UT
Don't forget to check your corresponding local time.

SH07:   Source Surface Models and Their Impact on Solar Wind Research

Abstract of the session:

For several decades source surface models have been
used to deduce the magnetic structure of the solar corona in the
absence of coronal magnetic field measurements. Starting with scalar
measurements of the photospheric magnetic field, these models assume
that the coronal field can be magnetostatically modeled between the
photosphere and a 'source surface' where the magnetic field lines are
constrained to become radial. Presented for the first time by Schatten,
Wilcox, and Ness in 1969, and independently by Altschuler and Newkirk
the same year, this model has been widely used for numerous studies
involving observed features of the corona as well as observations of
the solar wind in the heliosphere. While the large scale structures of
the solar corona obtained using the source surface models match
observations fairly well, the assumptions are simplistic and discrepancies
are significant, especially at finer levels. This special session will
concentrate on the different aspects of the source surface models, namely
the assumptions involved in the different adaptations of these models, and
the role of these models in establishing the coronal magnetic field
structure, and the sources of the fast and slow solar wind. Particular
emphasis will be placed on a critical discussion of their strengths and
weaknesses.

Sponsor:        SPA-Solar and Heliospheric Physics
CoSponsor:      SPA-Magnetospheric Physics
Solar Physics Division - AAS Sponsoring Society

Conveners:
Shadia Rifal Habbal
Institute for Astronomy
2680 Woodlawn Drive,
Honolulu, HI 96822
808 956 6097
sdh@ifa.hawaii.edu

Bala Poduval
Stanford University
445 Via Palou HEPL Annex
Stanford, CA, USA  94305
650 724 9649

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6. IAGA Symposium GAIII.11, Spacecraft-plasma environment interactions
   25 July 2005, Centre de Palais des Congres Pierre Baudis, Toulouse,
   France. Announcement and call for abstracts
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From: Alain Hilgers (Contact)

Active and passive spacecraft systems interact with the plasma environment
via various processes which may lead to changes of electrostatic potential,
electrical currents, induced plasma, sparks, torques and forces. On one
hand these effects can be a limiting factor for certain space plasma
measurements and for the operation of space systems. On the other hand,
they can be exploited to control the electrostatic environment, generate
thrust and power or to investigate new classes of plasma phenomena in space.
Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to, spacecraft electrostatic
sheath, spacecraft charging, in-flight plasma instrument calibration and data
correction, spacecraft borne particle emitters, tether systems, artificial
magnetospheres, active plasma devices and experiments in space.

Convener: Alain Hilgers, ESA-ESTEC, 2200AG Noordwijk, The Netherlands; (Contact)
Co-Convener: Andrew Coates, Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College
London, UK.

ABSTRACTS:

Abstracts shall be sent to the LOC.

The deadline for submission of abstracts to the Local Organizing Committee (LOC)
in Toulouse is March 28, 2005 (electronic submission; two weeks earlier for paper
submission).

SYMPOSIUM PROGRAMME:

There will be oral and poster presentations. Due to the constraint related to the
time allocation for this symposium. Papers requested as oral may be moved to the
relevant poster session.

The schedule for the two weeks of symposia can also be found at the IAGA website:

  - http://www.iugg.org/IAGA/

and Copernicus web site:

  - http://www.copernicus.org/IAGA/2005/index.htm

together with the descriptions of all symposia.

POSTERS

Posters will be up for a full week and the author is obliged to be present to discuss
his/her contribution only between 17:00 and 19:00 on the day of the first oral session
of the symposium (but welcome to be present at any other time during the week).

ACCEPTANCE/REJECTION OF ABSTRACTS:

The LOC will inform first authors of submitted abstracts about your acceptance or
rejection immediately after the programme is set in April of 2005. At most 3
abstracts per lead-author will be accepted.

GRANTS:

Grant applications are due on March 13, 2005 (same deadline as of paper-submitted
abstracts). The Secretary General will coordinate and determine all travel grant
awards. The results communicated (by the LOC) to the applicants (not earlier than
April 2005).

IMPORTANT DATES/PERIODS:

-       13 March: Deadline for abstract submission on paper and Grant Request
-       28 March: Electronic submission deadline
-       April 4-7: Lead-Conveners decide about acceptance or rejection of abstracts

WEB SITE:

http://www.copernicus.org/IAGA/2005/index.htm

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7. Symposium ST10: Ionospheric monitoring and modelling for
   advanced terrestrial and space-based systems.
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From: Lili Cander (l.cander@rl.ac.uk)

2nd General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union, Vienna,
Austria, 24-29 April 2005,

http://www.copernicus.org/EGU/ga/egu05/index.htm .

Symposium ST10: Ionospheric monitoring and modelling for
advanced terrestrial and space-based systems.

Convener: Lj.R. Cander, RAL, Chilton, U.K.,
l.cander@rl.ac.uk

Co-convener: J. Lastovicka, IAP, Prague, Czech Republic,
jla@ufa.cas.cz

Abstract deadline 21 January 2005

Call for Papers

The advanced terrestrial and space-based systems including GPS
and the HF telecommunications and radar ranging require
ionospheric information and predictions. To reach this goal,
ionospheric monitoring and modelling is needed. Therefore the main
purpose of the symposium is to present new information
and progress related to ionospheric measurements, monitoring,
modelling, and prediction techniques. Papers on ionospheric
measurements and advanced measuring techniques, on
measurement evaluation, interpretation, dissemination and archiving,
on modelling and simulations, and on development of methods of ionospheric
predictions (with emphasis to European area) are welcome.


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8. NOAA Space weather week student support
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From: Terry Onsager Terry.Onsager@noaa.gov

Space Weather Week is approaching, and partial support for student
attendance is available. This support could be applied to registration
fees, room and board, and/or travel costs. If you would like to be
considered for receiving support, please email the following information
to Terry Onsager (terry.onsager@noaa.gov) by no later than February 28,
2005:

1. Name
2. Institution and contact information
3. Academic level
4. Topic of research that will be presented as a poster
5. Academic advisor and contact information
6. Level of support required to attend

The 2005 Space Weather Week conference will be held this spring, April
4-8, 2005, in Broomfield, Colorado.  This meeting will focus on the
recent solar and geomagnetic activity, and will cover the specific space
weather impacts that occurred and our scientific understanding of this
activity.  The conference program will highlight recent space weather
impacts in several areas of the environment, including ionospheric
disturbances, auroral currents, geomagnetic storms and their solar
drivers, radiation belts, and solar energetic particles. We anticipate
that representatives from industries impacted by space weather will
attend, including those from electric power, commercial airlines,
satellite operations, and navigation/communication. Space Weather Week
2005 is co-organized by the NOAA Space Environment Center, the Air Force
Research Laboratory, the NSF Division of Atmospheric Science, and NASA.
Further details regarding the meeting agenda and travel will be posted
on our web site: http://www.sec.noaa.gov/sww

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9.  Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA EMITS
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AO4757 DEVELOPMENT OF EGNOS PRODUCT DATA SERVER INTERFACE
        (From 23/11/2004 to 31/01/2005, Act.Ref.: 04.154.04)

AO4782 GMES SENTINEL-1 REQUIREMENTS DEFINITION PHASE
        (From 29/11/2004 to 04/02/2005, Act.Ref.: 04.156.05)

AO4792 GMES SENTINEL-3 DEFINITION STUDY
        (From 24/12/2004 to 18/02/2005, Act.Ref.: 04.156.07)

AO4698 SPACE ENVIRONMENT SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR NAVIGATION AND TELECOM MISSIONS
        (From 25/11/2004 to 20/01/2005, Act.Ref.: 04.153.34)

AO4683 GMES SOCIO-ECONOMIC BENEFITS ANALYSIS (GMES PREPARATORY
        ACTIVITIES)
        (From 15/11/2004 to 14/01/2005, Act.Ref.: 04.1AE.10)

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

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Note: This newsletter is an initiative of the ESA Space Environments
and Effects Analysis Section ( http://www.estec.esa.nl/wmwww/wma ) and
is a prototype mailing list intended to provide a forum for information
posting news of interest to the Space Weather community in Europe.

- SWEN contact group (keeping SWEN informed of news from other channels)
  is currently:

  Eamonn Daly, ESA (excluding science programme)
  Richard Marsden, ESA science programme
  Maurizio Candidi, CNR
  Paul Cannon, URSI-Commission G
  Mike Hapgood,  EGS
  Pierre Lantos, Observatory of Paris Meudon
  Henrik Lundstedt, Lund space weather center
  Goetz Paschmann, ISSI
  Jean-Yves Prado, CNES Programme Directorate
  Michael Rycroft, ISU
  Volker Bothmer, EGS-Solar Physics Secretary
  Wolfgang Baumjohann, IWF Graz, Austria
  Jinbin Cao, Chinese Space Weather Activity Representative
  Barbara Poppe, NOAA Space Environment Centre
  W. William Liu, Space Science Program, Canadian Space Agency

- SWEN archives are currently available on:

http://www.estec.esa.nl/wmwww/wma/spweather/SWEN/swen.html

http://www.lund.irf.se/HeliosHome/SWEN/spweuro.html

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