Space Weather Euro News Vol. 10 Issue 10 (23-08-06)

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  1. Computer Aided CME Tracking
  2. Request for solar cycle 24 predictions, both serious and ‘fun’
    Please submit by September 9, 2006 to guarantee consideration.
  3. Job opportunities at BIRA-IASB
  4. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS
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1. Computer Aided CME Tracking
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From: David Berghmans

CACTus, the software package for Computer Aided CME Tracking, was
developed at the SIDC, at the Royal Observatory of Belgium. It is now
freely available for use by the scientific community. It has been
fully integrated within, and is intended to be distributed and
maintained via, SSW, the Solar SoftWare.

Existing ssw installations may either add the package via the
installation FORM: http://www.lmsal.com/solarsoft/ssw_install.html
(via selecting package 'CACTUS') or via the ssw_upgrade utility as
described in: http://www.lmsal.com/solarsoft/ssw_upgrades.html. You
will also need to add 'cactus' to $SSW_INSTR. Full details of how to
set up and run CACTus can be found in the Cactus_Readme.txt file
which is found at $SSW/packages/cactus/Cactus_Readme.txt following
installation. The Readme file can also be found on the CACTus
homepage at http://sidc.be/cactus/.

It is important to note that CACTus is still a work in progress so it
is important to check for updates regularly, using ssw_upgrade as
described above. Questions about CACTus should be directed to
Eva.Robbrecht@sidc.be or David.Berghmans@sidc.be. Questions regarding
installing and running CACTus within SSW should be directed to
Gareth.Lawrence@sidc.be.

The current real-time output of CACTus can be viewed at
http://sidc.be/cactus/out/latestCMEs.html

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2. Request for solar cycle 24 predictions, both serious and ‘fun’
Please submit by September 9, 2006 to guarantee consideration.
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From: Douglas Biesecker
doug.biesecker@noaa.gov

The Solar Cycle 24 Prediction Panel is issuing an invitation for you to
submit your prediction for the strength and phase of Solar Cycle 24.
There’s even a ‘fun’ component for you non-serious predictors.
As for the previous two solar cycles, the NOAA Space Environment Center
is convening a scientific task force of international experts to examine
differing forecast scenarios for the amplitude and phase of solar activity
during Solar Cycle 24. This task force, with the aid of NASA support,
is charged with determining a consensus forecast for the coming solar
cycle. The consensus forecast will be published to provide guidance for
a myriad of scientific, governmental, and industrial concerns. The panel
expects to issue a preliminary prediction by the time of the 2007 Space
Weather Week (April, 2007).

For those without a specific prediction model, we’d still like your
prediction.
The chair of the panel promises to do something fun with the predictions.
Fun for a physicist, that is. There might be a prize in it, or at least
some notoriety. The chair will just need a long memory.

E-mail predictions, no later than September 9, 2006 to Douglas Biesecker
doug.biesecker at noaa.gov

All predictions, both serious and fun, must include the following information:

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3. Job opportunities at BIRA-IASB
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From: Johan De Keyser

The Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (http://www.aeronomie.be/)
is a Federal Belgian Scientific Institute, located in Brussels, that
performs research on planetary atmospheres and magnetospheres.
In the framework of a major new project, named Solar-Terrestrial
Centre of Excellence , we are looking for several professionals to
strengthen our team:

The scientists are expected to do first-class theoretical and/or
observational research in heliospheric and magnetospheric physics
and/or to engage in numerical modeling of plasma kinetic phenomena
in order to support solar-terrestrial science activities at the
Institute. The IT-professionals are responsible for developing
intelligent web interfaces that give access to scientific data and
models, all in the framework of solar-terrestrial relations.
The coordinator must supervise the activities taking place in different
teams of magnetospheric and atmospheric scientists, and must interface
with other institutes involved in the project.

More details can be found on
http://www.aeronomie.be/nl/actueel/vacatures.htm

A pdf document with more detailed job descriptions can be obtained at
http://www.aeronomie.be/nl/actueel/2006-8-9-stcoe.pdf

For additional information, contact Johan.DeKeyser at aeronomie.be

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4. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS
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AO5154 HARMONISATION OF THERMAL AND SPACE ENVIRONMENT ANALYSIS SOFTWARE
AND INTERFACES - EXCHANGE OF THERMAL MODELS VIA STEP-TAS
(From 04/07/2006 to 18/09/2006, Act.Ref.: 06.127.02)

AO5112 SYNOPSIS OF RADIATION EFFECTS ON ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS DURING
SPACE MISSIONS
(From 20/07/2006 to 22/09/2006, Act.Ref.: 06.139.06)

AO5257 2006 AO FOR THE INNOVATION TRIANGLE INITIATIVE (ITI)
(From 10/08/2006 to 04/10/2006, Act.Ref.: 06.135.01)

AO5147 DEVELOPMENT OF CIVIL PROTECTION SATELLITECOMMUNICATION SERVICES:
REQUIREMENTS DEFINITION FOR CIVIL PROTECTION SATELLITE SERVICES
(From 20/06/2006 to 15/09/2006, Act.Ref.: 06.197.26)

AO5180 ESA INTERACTION WITH ACADEMIA ON ADVANCED RESEARCH TOPICS: ARIADNA
(From 12/06/2006 to 15/09/2006, Act.Ref.: 06.197.30)

AO5135 SENSOR ON A CHIP FEASIBILITY STUDY AND AVIONICS EVOLUTION
(From 06/07/2006 to 31/08/2006, Act.Ref.: 06.1EC.04)

AO5151 LET-SME ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITIES 2006
(From 06/07/2006 to 08/09/2006, Act.Ref.: 06.179.02)

AO5094 PROPAGATION EFFECTS FOR MOBILE MULTIMEDIA SERVICES
(From 12/06/2006 to 15/09/2006, Act.Ref.: 04.153.09)

AO4780 ARTES 4 - ESA-INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMME: CALL FOR PROPOSALS
(From 24/11/2004 to 31/12/2007, 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.

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