Space Weather Euro News Vol. 9 Issue 10 (24-11-05)

Table of Contents:

  1. Free download of the Solar Weather Browser (SWB)
  2. ILWS Workshop. The Solar Influence on the Heliosphere and Earth's
    Environment: Recent Progress and Prospects.
    February 19-24, 2006, Goa, India
  3. IAU Symposium 233 "Solar Activity and its Magnetic Origin" will
    take place from March 31 to April 4, 2006, in Cairo, Egypt, in conjunction
    with the total solar eclipse on March 29.
  4. As a part of the 3rd EGU Assembly , Vienna, Austria), 2-7 April 2006,
    the session ST5.7 "Measurements of ionospheric parameters influencing
    radio systems" will be held.
  5. Announcement: EuCAP 2006: 1st European Conference on  Antennas and
    Propagation, November 2006, Nice, France
  6. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS


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1. Free download of the Solar Weather Browser (SWB)

From: David Berghmans <>

The Solar Weather Browser (SWB) is a software tool for easy
visualisation of a large variety of solar images in combination with
context information that can be overlaid on the images. This software
is available from for every major platform (MS
Windows and unix, including Apple MacOS X). The software is
distributed under the GNU public license and its use is free of any

By only a few mouse clicks, you can select, for example, any EIT
image, overlay the NOAA active region numbers for the same day and
combine it with locations of coronal mass ejections. Only one other
click and you do the same thing for an H-alpha image of the same day
or save the result as a .png file. The latest development version
(1.1.97) also allows to combine disk images with coronagraphic images

Interested users can contribute to the further development of the SWB
for the large community by three different ways:

  1. Adapt the SWB to your own needs.
    With the appropriate computer skills, you can take part in the
    programming of the interface. For example, you might want to
    extend somehow the display of the SWB to far-side imaging,
    stereo viewing or in-situ data.
  2. Contribute your own solar images.
    More solar images will be added in the future. If you have a solar
    imaging instrument that is producing regularly data in near-real
    time, we can help you setting up a SWB-server. In this way, your
    data are distributed to a wide audience through the SWB interface.
  3. Contribute feature recognition software.
    The overlay capability of the SWB is ideally suited to present the
    output of feature recognition software. If you have such software,
    then we can again help you setting up a SWB-server to distribute the
    results of your development to a wide audience. Some examples can be
    software that can automatically produce maps of H-alpha filament
    locations, magnetic neutral lines or white light sunspot locations.
    In the last two cases, the interface will show a one sentence
    description and a hyperlink to your website to guarantee appropriate
    recognition of your contribution.

If you want to contribute you can e-mail to,
who will put you in contact with Bogdan Nicula (user interface
development) or Thanassis Katsiyannis (server development). Any
feedback or problem reporting can be submitted to the same address,
but no individual user support can be given at this time.

The SWB was developed by the SIDC (Solar Influences Data analysis
Center) at the Royal Observatory of Belgium within the ESA Pilot
Project for Space Weather Applications.

2. ILWS Workshop. The Solar Influence on the Heliosphere and Earth's
Environment: Recent Progress and Prospects. February 19-24, 2006
Goa, India


From: Natchimuthuk Gopalswamy <>

Second Announcement and Call for papers

On behalf of the Scientific Organizing Committee, we cordially invite
you to participate in The International Living with a Star (ILWS)
workshop to be held in Goa, India during February 19-24, 2006. The focus
of the workshop will be on how the variable Sun influences the heliosphere
around it and how the solar system objects respond. How Earth responds is
of immediate concern to all nations of the world because of the increasing
dependence on technology such as satellite communications. The ILWS
workshop in Goa will bring an international focus to the solar-heliospheric and
space weather issues and pave the way for increased collaboration among
A major focus will be on various boundaries in the heliosphere. The workshop
will consist of tutorial lectures, invited papers, and contributed papers
(oral and posters). Apart from the tutorial talks and a few selected plenary
talks, all the papers will be presented in the working group sessions. One
important aspect of the ILWS workshop is that full papers should be submitted
before the workshop (8 pages for invited papers and 4 pages for contributed
papers). The workshop deliberations will take place on the following broad

Sun and the Heliosphere: Solar Interior-Surface; Solar Surface-Heliosphere;
Solar Eruptions (CMEs and flares); Irradiance effects; Long-term change;
Transient-Heliospheric effects; SEP production and transport; Cosmic rays
in the heliosphere; Heliosphere-Magnetosphere

Magnetosphere: Magnetopause; Sub-storms; Radiation belts; M-I coupling;

Ionosphere Thermosphere Mesosphere: High latitude; Mid latitude; Low latitude;
Local microphysics; ITM-atmosphere; Ozone depletion.

Contributed papers are welcome on any of the topics above. Papers on
Theory-Modeling, Data analysis, and Instrumentation related to the above
topics are welcome. Abstract deadline: December 15, 2005, full paper due:
January 15, 2006. Details on the workshop venue, hotel accommodation,
registration (online) and Abstract Submission can be found at the following

Nat Gopalswamy and Archana Bhattacharya (SOC Co-chairs)

SOC: P. Venkatakrishnan (India), R. Sridharan (India)
, Arnab Rai Chaudhuri (India),
S. M. Chitre (India), G. S. Lakhina (India)
, A. Bhattacharya (co-chair India),
M. Guhathakurta (USA), N. Gopalswamy
(co-chair USA), D. Sibeck(USA)
, R. Robinson (USA), K. Groves (USA),W. Liu (Canada), L. Zelenyi
(Russia), K. Yumoto (Japan),
H.Opgenoorth (ESA),, M. Zhang (China)
, J. N. Goswami (India)

3. IAU Symposium 233 "Solar Activity and its Magnetic Origin" will take
place from March 31 to April 4, 2006, in Cairo, Egypt, in conjunction
with the total solar eclipse on March 29.


From: V. Bothmer <>

Venue: Cairo, Cairo University Conference Centre

Conference Website:

Scientific Rationale and Key Topics:
IAU Symposium No. 233 will take place from March 31 until April 4, 2006.
It will be hosted by Cairo University, Egypt in cooperation with the Egyptian
Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT). The purpose of the
meeting is to discuss the frontiers of research in solar and heliospheric
physics, with special emphasis on the fundamental problem of the origin of
solar activity, its coupling from the sun’s interior to the outer atmospheric
layers and interplanetary space, finally affecting our home planet, modern
technology and future plans of space exploration. The total solar eclipse
event on March 29, of four minutes duration, will provide its own genius
“atmosphere” for the symposium in front of a great historical and cultural
background. Another important aspect of the meeting in conjunction with the
eclipse is the challenging opportunity for young national/international
astronomers to get educated, both instrumentally and scientifically, through
the help of world-wide leading experts. The scientific program of IAUS233
consists of the following eight sessions:

1- Generation and transport of solar magnetic fields
2- Magnetic fields and coupling processes in the solar atmosphere
3- Coronal heating and small-scale dynamics
4- Large scale coronal structure – Space and ground-based observations
5- Solar wind – Origin and evolution
6- Eruptive processes and space weather consequences – Flares, CMEs
  and SEPs
7- New instrumentations and missions for the sun and heliosphere
8- Special Post-Symposium eclipse observation training course for young
  national/international astronomers

Scientific Organising Committee (SOC):
Chairpersons: Ahmed Abdel Hady (Egypt) & Volker Bothmer (Germany)

Members: Dirk K. Callebout (BEL), Kenneth P. Dere (USA), Bernhard Fleck
(ESA), Lyndsay Fletcher (UK), Serge Koutchmy (FRA), Donald B. Melrose (AUS),
Jay M. Pasachoff (USA), Victor Martinez Pillet (ESP), Eric R. Priest (UK),
M. A. M. Shaltout (EGY), Kazunari Shibata (JPN), Sami K. Solanki (GER),
Alexander V. Stepanov (RUS), Jingxiu Wang (CHI), David F. Webb (USA).
IAU EX officio: Cheng Fang (CHI)

Local Organizing Committee (LOC):
Chairperson: Ahmed Abdel Hady (Cairo University, EGY)
Members: Abdel Wahab M. (Cairo University, EGY), Hassan S. M. (NRIAG, EGY),
Osman A. I. M. (NRIAG, EGY), Wanas M. I. (Cairo University, EGY),
Abd Al-Aziz Ahmed (Azhar University, EGY), Essam Heggy (Lunar and Planetary
Institute, USA).

Main Organising Body:
Cairo University (CU), Egyptian Academy of Sciences and Technology (ASRT),
and Helwan observatory (NRIAG). Supporting Organisations: International
Astronomical Union (IAU), International Association of Geomagnetism and
Aeronomy (IAGA), Office of Deputy Prime Minster for Information Affairs-
United Arab Emirates, Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and
Technology (ASRT), Cairo University (CU), Scientific Computation Center
(SCC/CU), Space Science Centre (SSC/CU). Other international organisations.

4. As a part of the 3rd EGU Assembly , Vienna, Austria), 2-7 April 2006,
the session ST5.7 "Measurements of ionospheric parameters influencing
radio systems" will be held.


From: Dr Lj.R. Cander <>

Abstract deadline: 13 January 2006.

Session information:

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 measurements and modelling
is needed. Therefore the main purpose of the symposium is to present new
information on Ionospheric measurements and advanced measuring techniques,
on measurement evaluation, interpretation, dissemination and archiving,
on development of methods of ionospheric predictions, forecasting and
nowcasting (with emphasis to European area but including results from other
areas, as well), including the results obtained in the projects COST271 and
COST296. Papers on related on modelling and simulations are accepted, as

Conveners: J. Lastovicka ( + Lj.R. Cander (

5. Announcement: EuCAP 2006: 1st European Conference on Antennas and
Propagation, November 2006, Nice, France


From: Dr Lj.R. Cander <>
on behalf of <>

We are pleased to send you the 1st Announcement for the 1st European
Conference on Antennas and Propagation, EuCAP 2006, organized by the
European Network of Excellence ACE, under the E.U. 6th Framework
Programme (FP6) and co-sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA).
As a further step in the ACE efforts to structure and coordinate antenna research
in Europe, EuCAP will provide a forum for the European R&D communities in
the Antennas & Propagation area, both at academic and industrial levels.

EuCAP is supported by the top level Associations in Antennas & Propagation,
and, in the spirit of AP2000, it regroups the former JINA and ICAP
conferences, two ESA Workshops on Satellite Antennas and Propagation and
the final Workshop of the EC COST Action 284 on Antennas.

EuCAP will provide the right place for the exchange of scientific and
technical information and to foster collaboration and cooperation in
the Antenna & Propagation domain both at European and global levels.
With this aim, EuCAP will continue beyond 2006 as a regular keystone
event on Antennas and Propagation, with a large participation of the
world community which is kindly invited to join.

Format of the conference
The conference combines the following formats:

- Plenary sessions with invited keynote papers
- Convened oral sessions and workshops
- Poster sessions

A one page abstract (possibly completed by figure(s)) must be submitted
before 2 April 2006 for review by the Technical Programme Committee.
Acceptance will be notified on 30 May 2006 and the full papers must be
submitted before 30 June 2006. A CD-ROM containing the papers and a
book of abstracts will constitute the Conference Proceedings.

Papers not presented at the conference will be withdrawn.

Contact and submission of papers:
ESA Conference Bureau
Phone: +31 71 565 8746
Web submission:, or

Exhibits, Short Courses
Companies are invited to exhibit their products (hardware, software and
publications) and services at the conference.
Short courses in the frame of the ACE European School of Antennas (ESoA)
will also be organised.

Conference venue
EuCAP2006 will take place in the famous French Riviera resort of NICE.
The symposium will be held at the Palais des congres "Acropolis",
the traditional venue of the previous JINA Symposia.

Tentative Calendar:
First announcement web: 13 November 2005
E-mail announcement: 20 November 2005
2nd Announcement & call for papers: 8 January 2006
Deadline abstracts: 3 March 2006
Notfication to authors: 15 May 2006
Preliminary Programme web: 1 June 2006
Submission Final papers: 17 July 2006

Antennas and Related Topics
A1 - Active and integrated antennas (MEMS…)
A2 - Analytic and numerical techniques in Electromagnetics
A3 - Antenna beamforming (digital, optical, RF…)
A4 - Antennas for mobile communications (WLAN, WIFI)
A5 - Antennas for space communications and navigation
A6 - Antennas for space passive and active instruments
A7 - Antenna interactions and coupling, RFC, EMC
A8 - Antenna measurements and instrumentation
A9 - High power antenna design and measurements
A10 - Industrial and medical applications/ biological interactions
A11 - Millimeter and sub-millimeter wave antennas
A12 - Multiband, wideband, UWB antennas
A13 - New materials, metamaterials, EBG structures
A14 - Onboard antennas (aircraft, UAV, UCAV, ships…)
A15 - Planar and conformal arrays
A16 -Printed elements and associated circuits
A17 - Reconfigurable antennas, multibeam antennas
A18 - Radar and GPR antennas, remote sensing antennas
A19 - Radar cross section
A20 - Reflector antennas and feed systems
A21 - Reflect-arrays and lenses
A22 - Scattering, inverse scattering, detection, microwave imaging
A23 - Small antennas, RFID tags and sensors
A24 - Smart and signal processing antennas (MIMO…)
A25 - Synthesis and optimisation techniques
A26 - Technologies for satellite antennas
A27 - Other antenna topics

Propagation and Related Topics
P1 - Asymptotic and full wave methods
P2 - Hybrid methods
P3 - Interference (UWB - Radar - Communications)
P4 - Mobile radio propagation and channel modelling
P5 - Over and under water propagation
P6 - Penetration and shielding
P7 - Propagation and channel measurements
P8 - Propagation and coupling indoors and in confined spaces
P9 - Propagation and scattering in vegetation
P10 - Propagation for fixed satellite services
P11 - Propagation for maritime and aeronautical applications
P12 - Propagation for mobile satellite services and navigation
P13 - Radio climatology
P14 - Ray-optical propagation modelling
P15 - Rough surface and random media scattering
P16 - Rural and urban propagation
P17 - Short-wave propagation
P18 - Stochastic and deterministic channel modelling
P19 - Transient fields and effects
P20 - Trans-ionospheric propagation
P21 - UWB channel modelling
P22 - Other propagation topics


General chair:
Juan MOSIG, EPFL, Switzerland

Vice chairs:
Per INGVARSON, Saab Ericsson Space, Sweden

Honorary chair:

Local Chairs:
Patrice BRACHAT, France Telecom R&D, France
Christian PICHOT, Université de Nice , France

For questions regarding the conference, please send an email to

We look forward to welcoming you to EuCAP 2006.

6. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS

SPACECRAFT (From 17/11/2005 to 12/01/2006, Act.Ref.: 04.153.35)

(From 20/10/2005 to 01/12/2005, Act.Ref.: 04.197.04)

(From 10/10/2005 to 16/12/2005, Act.Ref.: 05.166.05)

(From 05/10/2005 to 16/12/2005, Act.Ref.: 05.1AE.13)

ACTIVITIES) (From 17/10/2005 to 25/11/2005, Act.Ref.: 05.1AE.08)

(From 24/11/2004 to 31/12/2006, Act.Ref.: 04.153.85)


For a complete list of ESA Tender Actions, see:


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