Space Weather Euro News Vol. 9 Issue 3 (18-03-2005)

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  1. Announcing the International Workshop on Solar Activity: Exploration, Understanding and Prediction. Lund, Sweden 19-21 September 2005
  2. Prototype European space weather muon telescope, MuSTAnG (MUon Spaceweather Telescope for ANisotropies at Greifswald), to be developed in Germany at the Institute of Physics of the University of Greifswald.
  3. IAGA symposium GAV02 on "Indices and algorithms for detecting geomagnetic and space weather events"
  4. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS

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1. Announcing the International Workshop on Solar Activity: Exploration,
   Understanding and Prediction. Lund, Sweden 19-21 September 2005
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From: Henrik Lundstedt <henrik@lund.irf.se>

Did we predict the intense solar storm on the Bastille Day in 2000, on
Halloween in 2003 or in January 2005? Are we capable of predicting the
strength of the next solar cycle? Are we capable of predicting the next
Maunder Minimum? All these events have a strong impact on society and
the climate. Despite that, predictions are not very good and need to be
improved.

This workshop is devoted to exploring, explaining and forecasting solar
activity. Presentations of wavelet studies of solar activity, forecasts
of solar activity using solar theory, helioseismic results and neural
networks are very welcomed. New ideas on how to better understand
long-term solar activity related to climate changes are of much
interest.

How upcoming exciting new space and ground-based observations could
improve forecasts will also be addressed. Presentations of newly
started international solar programs will be given.

This workshop is planned to end with a videoconference "A Forecast
Forum". Regional Warning Centers of International Space Environment
Service and Solar Groups are going to participate. Forecasts and
observations in real-time will be discussed.
Scientific Organizing Committee:

Svante Björck (CGB, Sweden), David Boteler (ISES/NRC, Canada), Alain
Hilgers (ESA/ESTEC, Netherlands), Todd Hoeksema (Stanford, USA),
Rickard Lundin (IRF-K, Sweden), Henrik Lundstedt (ISES/IRF-Lund,
Sweden), Mauro Messerotti (INAF, Italy), Bo Thidé (IRF-U, Sweden),
Michael Thompson (Sheffield, U.K.)
Local Organizing Committee:

F. Boberg, J. Munk Jensen, E. Johnsson, H. Lundstedt, M. Wik, P. Wintoft
Sponsoring Institutions:

European Space Agency
International Space Environment Service
EU COST 724 Action Space Weather
GeoBiosphere Science Centre
Swedish Institute of Space Physics


Web: http://www.lund.irf.se/workshop/
e-mail:workshop@lund.irf.se or henrik@lund.irf.se

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2. Prototype European space weather muon telescope, MuSTAnG (MUon
   Spaceweather Telescope for ANisotropies at Greifswald), to be
   developed in Germany at the Institute of Physics of the University
   of Greifswald.
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From: Frank Jansen <jansen@physik.uni-greifswald.de>

The University of Greifswald is starting the development of the MuSTAnG space
weather muon telescope which will contribute to the development of European
space weather technologies and services.

The physics of MuSTAnG:

The main activity in space weather comes from solar activity and the clouds
(Coronal Mass Ejections) and particles ejected by the Sun. These clouds
and particles can propagate towards Earth and may influence man-made
systems and human health on Earth. MuSTAnG will use state of the art
scientific results and technologies to detect particles from space: it
will observe cosmic ray muons.

The muons are produced in the Earth's atmosphere by galactic cosmic rays.
The pre-existing population of galactic cosmic rays is affected in
interplanetary space by the clouds propagating away from the Sun
towards the Earth. MuSTAnG will measure the anisotropy of galactic cosmic
rays toward the Sun - caused by the cloud - which contains information
about position and geometry of the cloud.

The MuSTAnG detector technology is similar to that used for particle
detection by large research facilities like the European Nuclear Research
Centre CERN nearby Geneva and at DESY (German Electron Synchrotron), Hamburg.

When completed, MuSTAnG will be able to monitor giant plasma clouds during
their propagation between Sun and Earth in real time. Research related to
the Sun will be carried out in Greifswald in two ways: first by means of the
fusion reactor Wendelstein 7X at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics
and by MuSTAnG at Greifswald University.

MuSTAnG in the global muon telescope network:

When completed The MuSTAnG telescope will become part of a global network of
similar cosmic ray muon telescopes, located in Australia, Japan and Brazil.
The ultimate aim of the MuSTAnG initiative is to develop this network to
allow 24-hour coverage and use near real-time availablility of the data to
achieve several hours advance warning of the arrival of plasma clouds at the
Earth.

MuSTAnG in the global space weather service network:

It is envisaged that the MuSTAnG project could eventually provide valuable
data that would contribute to monitoring global space weather condtions in
near real-time, through providing advanced warning of the arrival of plasma
clouds at the Earth.

Acknowledgements:

The prototype development phase of MuSTAnG is funded by the ESA Technology
Research Programme under contract #18835/04/NL/MV. The activity is also part
of the ESA space weather applications pilot project network (SWENET). See:
http://www.esa-spaceweather.net for more information about SWENET.

Further information and a press release about MuSTAnG are available.

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3. IAGA symposium GAV02 on "Indices and algorithms for detecting
   geomagnetic and space weather events"
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From: Ellen Clarke <Ellen.Clarke@bgs.ac.uk>

Dear Colleagues

The IAGA 2005 Scientific Assembly in Toulouse, France is fast approaching
(18 - 29 July). You are hereby invited to contribute to the following Division
5 symposium, which will take place on 21 July 2005.

GAV02: Indices and algorithms for detecting geomagnetic and space weather events

Up until now events such as SSCs, SFEs and bays have been catalogued by experts
either, visually analysing the records, or using semi automatic data processing
techniques. Due to current demands by users for near real-time analysis of these
data, new automatic processes and signal analysis techniques are being developed.
The aim of this symposium is to provide the opportunity for the international
research community to review the progress and suggest future directions in these investigations of event detection. Papers describing techniques to detect geomagnetic
events on regional or global-scale, using ground and/or satellite data are especially welcome. Defining the distinctive signatures of the geomagnetic events which are
significant in the solar and geophysical variability and those having applications
in space-weather predictions would be of particular interest. Papers related to the automatic or quasi-automatic derivation and use of geomagnetic indices are also
welcome.

Convener: J.J. Curto (Spain), Observatori de l'Ebre CSIC-URL, Horta Alta,
38, 43520 Roquetes (Sapin); Tel. +34 977 500511, Fax.  +34 977 504660;
e-mail: jjcurto@obsebre.es
Co-conveners: M. Kunitake (Japan), R. Lukianova (Russia) and E. Clarke (UK)

Full details on this years IAGA assembly, including procedures for registration
and the submission of abstracts, can be found at http://www.copernicus.org/IAGA/2005/index.htm

The deadline for the receipt of abstracts is 27th March 2005 (paper copies by 13th March).  Proposals for both oral and poster contributions are very welcome. Decisions on
acceptance will be made in April 2005.

Best Regards
Ellen Clarke (Co-convenor)
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4.  Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA EMITS
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AO4809 GMES MISSION EVOLUTION
        (From 09/03/2005 to 26/04/2005, Act.Ref.: 04.156.09)

AO4819 INTEGRATED APPLICATIONS AND USER TERMINALS 2005 - 1ST ISSUE
        (From 24/02/2005 to 22/04/2005, Act.Ref.: 05.153.01)

AO4755 RADIATION EFFECTS ON ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES: MODELS AND
        SOFTWARE - PART 1
        (From 17/02/2005 to 31/03/2005, Act.Ref.: 04.1EE.16)

O4800 SWARM SPACE SEGMENT (THREE SATELLITES) PHASES B, C/D AND E1
        (From 17/01/2005 to 25/03/2005, Act.Ref.: 04.156.04)

AO4791 GMES SENTINEL-2 DEFINITION STUDY
        (From 03/02/2005 to 30/03/2005, Act.Ref.: 04.156.06)

AO4704 STAGE 2 OF THE EARTHWATCH GMES SERVICES ELEMENT - SCALING UP
        CONSOLIDATED GMES SERVICE
        (From 01/02/2005 to 29/03/2005, Act.Ref.: 05.1AE.01)

AO4797 GMES LONG-TERM SCENARIO AND ARCHITECTURE DEFINITION STUDIES
        (From 20/01/2005 to 18/03/2005, Act.Ref.: 04.156.08)

AO4780 ARTES 4 - ESA-INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMME: CALL FOR PROPOSALS
        (From 24/11/2004 to 31/12/2006, Act.Ref.: 04.153.85)

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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://space-env.esa.int ) 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:

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  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

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