Space Weather Euro News Vol. 12 Issue 1 (23-01-08)

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  1. Course on Geomagnetism and Ionosphere, L’Aquila, Italy, Apr 7-12 2008
  2. First Announcement: "Workshop on Coupling of Thunderstorms and Lightning Discharges to Near-Earth Space", 23-27 June 2008, University of Corsica, Corte, France
  3. SCAR/IASC Open Science Conference July 8 - 11 2008 Session 2.3: The Sun's Interactions with the Earth's Atmosphere and Electromagnetic Environment
  4. COSPAR Abstract Reminder: 50th Anniversary Assembly 13-20th Jul 2008, Montreal, Canada
  5. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS
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1. Course on Geomagnetism and Ionosphere, L’Aquila, Italy, Apr 7-12 2008
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From: Paola Solini

The International School of Space Science (Consorzio Interuniversitario per la Fisica Spaziale), in cooperation with the Consorzio Area di Ricerca in Astrogeofisica, has organized a course on Geomagnetis and Ionosphere, to be held in L’Aquila, Italy, April 7-12, 2008, and directed by Lj. R. Cander, L. J. Lanzerotti A. Meloni and B. Zolesi.

In this course the fundamental subjects of geomagnetism will be addressed: the Earth's magnetic field, the magnetic properties of rocks, measuring and interpreting magnetic anomalies and the elements of the complex aspects of the geomagnetic dynamo and reversals. For what concerns the ionosphere, the physics underneath, the radio propagation and prediction, as well as its variability, and satellite applications, will be discussed. One common item will be 'space weather' that is intrinsically related both to geomagnetism and ionosphere. In this course we have gathered experts in these fields that can show the several aspects in which geomagnetism and ionosphere physics deal with as an essential part of Earth science education.

For further information visit http://www.cifs-isss.org or send an e-mail to ssc@aquila.infn.it.

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2. First Announcement: "Workshop on Coupling of Thunderstorms and Lightning Discharges to Near-Earth Space",
23-27 June 2008, University of Corsica, Corte, France
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From: Norma B. Crosby

We are delighted to announce that a workshop on Coupling of Thunderstorms and Lightning Discharges to Near-Earth Space is to be held during the time period 23-27 June 2008 at the University of Corsica, Corte, France.

Transient Luminous Events and Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes are newly discovered processes that couple the troposphere to the upper atmosphere and near-Earth space. The aim of the workshop is to better understand and identify the various physical processes that couple thunderstorms to the Earth's upper atmosphere and ionosphere, and the effects of thunderstorm processes on the atmospheric composition and dynamics.

For more information concerning the topics to be covered during the workshop and the logistics please see the workshop website: http://www.oma.be/TLE2008Workshop If you have any question, please contact Norma Crosby or Tai-Yin Huang.

Norma Crosby, Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy, Belgium (co-coordinator). Tai-Yin Huang, Penn State Lehigh Valley, U.S.A. (co-coordinator).

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3. SCAR/IASC Open Science Conference July 8 - 11 2008 Session 2.3: The Sun's Interactions with the Earth's Atmosphere and Electromagnetic Environment
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From: Kirsti Kauristie

SCAR/IASC Open Science Conference 2008

Session 2.3: The Sun's Interactions with the Earth's Atmosphere and Electromagnetic Environment

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) will arrange a joint Open Science Conference (OSC) in St Petersburg, Russia, on July 8 - 11 2008. The presentations in the conference will discuss Arctic and Antarctic perspectives in environmental and biological sciences as conducted during the ongoing fourth International Polar Year (IPY). The program will include Keynote Lectures and Science Sessions grouped under five main themes. Especially the themes "Polar/Global Linkages" (2.0) and "The Poles as a vantage point for Observations" will include contributions from the communities of solar-terrestrial physics, aeronomy, astronomy and astrophysics. Dr. Eigil Friis-Christensen from the Danish National Space Center will give one of the Keynote Lectures under the title "Space Weather -- fascinating science and auroral displays". More details about the conference program and practicalities can be found from http://www.scar-iasc-ipy2008.org. Please note that the abstract submission deadline is already February 15!

Near-Earth space (geospace) is an integral part of the Earth system which provides the material link between the Sun and Earth primarily through the polar regions. Understanding of the complex geospace environment has matured to the level of being able to describe many of its component parts and a major goal is now to seek a unified framework that can specify its global state. Methods for predicting this state have continuously increasing social value as in extreme conditions geospace variations pose a potential hazard to space-based and ground-based technology. The volume of experimental data in on-line archives has been increasing significantly during recent years. Several countries have made substantial investments for sophisticated instrument networks to cover the both polar areas and to arrange ambitious measurement campaigns. Besides ground-based data several recently launched satellite missions, like Envisat, Cluster, THEMIS, and STEREO provide interesting data for evaluating and testing theoretical work. Our session 2.3 in OSC welcomes presentations demonstrating the usage of these assets especially when addressing linkages between different scale sizes in geospace phenomena, geospace-atmosphere coupling processes and interhemispheric relationships.

With kind regards,

Conveners of Session 2.3:
Akira Kadokura
Kirsti Kauristie

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4. COSPAR Abstract Reminder: 50th Anniversary Assembly 13-20th Jul 2008, Montreal, Canada
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From: COSPAR Secretariat

The 37th Scientific Assembly of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) will bring together approximately 2000 scientists and engineers from the world over to present the latest results in 96 symposia and special events covering all areas of space science.

Montreal, Canada 13 - 20 July 2008

Scientific program and abstract submission: http://www.cospar-assembly.org

- Abstract deadline: 17 February 2008

Registration and hotel reservations: http://www.cospar2008.org

- Early registration deadline: 1 June 2008

The program for distinguished interdisciplinary and 50th anniversary lectures is now available and may be consulted at:

http://www.cospar-assembly.org

Please do not hesitate to forward this message to colleagues who may be interested in submitting an abstract.

We look forward to your participation in COSPAR’s 50th anniversary Assembly.

Yours sincerely,

COSPAR Secretariat

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5. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS
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AO5224 RADIATION EFFECTS ON DEEP SUB MICRON CMOS TECHNOLOGIES
(PREVIOUS TITLE: SEE IDENTIFICATION, MODELLING, AND SEVERITY ASSESSMENT)
(From 27/11/2007 to 30/01/2008, Act.Ref.: 06.1ED.01)
AO4780 ARTES 4 - ESA-INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMME: CALL FOR PROPOSALS
(From 24/11/2004 to 31/12/2009, Act.Ref.: 04.153.85)
AO5624 HIGH FLUX SUN SENSOR / SUN FILTERS (SUN ACQUISITION SENSORS)
(From 18/12/2007 to 22/02/2008, Act.Ref.: 06.164.06)
AO5616 ELECTRO-MAGNETIC SATELLITE ANALYSIS TOOL
(From 04/01/2008 to 29/02/2008, Act.Ref.: 06.153.44)

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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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