Space Weather Euro News Vol. 12 Issue 2 (18-02-08)

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  1. Call For Abstracts -- 37th COSPAR Space Weather Session, PSW1 - Space Weather: Preparing for The Next Solar Maximum
  2. Call For Abstracts -- 37th COSPAR Space Weather Session, C01 - Transforming Scientific Models into ISO Space Environment Standards
  3. Second Announcement: "Workshop on Coupling of Thunderstorms and Lightning Discharges to Near-Earth Space", 23-27 June 2008 at the University of Corsica, Corte, France
  4. EISCAT Trans-National Access Project
  5. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS
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1. Call For Abstracts -- 37th COSPAR Space Weather Session, PSW1 -
Space Weather: Preparing for The Next Solar Maximum
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From: Joe Kunches

PSW1 - Space Weather: Preparing for The Next Solar Maximum
Conveners: David Boteler (NRCan, Ottawa) and Joe Kunches (NOAA, Boulder)

Space weather disturbances involve a chain of events from eruptions on the Sun, through propagation of interplanetary disturbances and interaction with the Earth's magnetosphere to their impact on the Earth environment. These environmental changes have a variety of impacts on technological systems: energetic particles damage satellite electronics, ionospheric disturbances disrupt radio communications and positioning, and magnetic disturbances induce currents that cause problems for power systems and pipelines. Many system operators want to know what activity levels they can expect during the next solar maximum, how much warning they will receive of specific events and how to assess the impacts on their systems. This session solicits papers dealing how new space science knowledge can be used to give better space weather forecasts or improve hazard assessments for particular systems. We also welcome case studies of space weather effects on particular systems and investigations aimed at mitigating the space weather effects.

Please note the abstract submission deadline is Feb 24, 2008. To submit an abstract go to http://www.cospar-assembly.org/ and select 'Abstract Submission and Log-in' from the menu on the left.

Abstracts may also be submitted to DBoteler@NRCan.gc.ca or Joseph.Kunches@noaa.gov.

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2. Call For Abstracts -- 37th COSPAR Space Weather Session, C01 -
Transforming Scientific Models into ISO Space Environment Standards
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From: Eamonn Daly

Dear Colleagues,

At COSPAR 2008, in Montreal, Canada, 13-20 July, a session

C01: Transforming Scientific Models into ISO Space Environment Standards is planned.

You are encouraged to submit abstracts of contributions related to the needs for environment standards and activities that address these needs, such as standard model development.

The abstract submission period will end on Sunday, February 24, 2008 at 23:59 CET.

Please pass this information on to potentially interested colleages.

See: http://www.cospar-assembly.org/

Event description:
Information on space environmental conditions is needed during the development of spacecraft and their operations. Environments of concern include atmospheric, magnetic, plasma, energetic particle radiation and particulates. The information, in the form of data or provided by models is usually based on the results of scientific research. This event seeks to foster exchanges between the user "engineering"community and the provider "scientific" community. Contributions will discuss developments of international standards, the user requirements and the on-going research activities that can be transitioned to user-oriented enginering tools.

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3. Second Announcement: "Workshop on Coupling of Thunderstorms and Lightning Discharges
to Near-Earth Space", 23-27 June 2008 at the University of Corsica, Corte, France
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From: Norma Crosby
http://www.cospar-assembly.org/

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.

There will be a registration fee of 300 EURO. This will cover transportation to/from Bastia airport, welcome reception, coffee/tea breaks, five lunches, gala dinner, half-day field trip and conference proceedings. Limited funds may be available to provide partial travel support to those who otherwise would be unable to attend the workshop. More information will be available in the next couple of months.

Important Dates:

Please see the workshop website for more details concerning the topics to be covered during the workshop and the logistics:
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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4. EISCAT Trans-Natonal Access Project
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From: Lisa Baddeley

Dear colleagues,

We invite you or your colleagues to submit a proposal to the newly funded Trans-National Access Program currently running at the European Incoherent Scatter (EISCAT) Association. This program (funded by the EU) provides funded access for scientists from the EU and associated countries (not already associated with EISCAT) to the EISCAT UHF, VHF radar and high power facilities in northern Scandinavia.

The funding includes travel to and from, accommodation and subsistence for up to 1 week at the radar site. Support will also be available from EISCAT scientists for experimental assistance.
For further information about the system and the funding available please visit our website http://www.eiscat.com/

There is a special 'Trans-National Access ' tab on the page.

The next deadline for submission is 1st April 2008, although there will also be future calls for proposals.
If you could forward this e-mail to your colleagues to advertise this funding possibility I would be most grateful.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to e-mail me. I have attached a small brochure with further details of the program.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards
L. Baddeley

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5. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS
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AO5537 IDENTIFICATION AND ANALYSIS OF MEO OBSERVATION STRATEGIES FOR A FUTURE EUROPEAN SPACE SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM
(From 11/02/2008 to 21/03/2008, Act.Ref.: 07.197.57)
AO5614 RAPID PROTOTYPING TOOLKIT FOR SPACE ENVIRONMENT ENGINEERING TOOLS
(From 31/01/2008 to 13/03/2008, Act.Ref.: 07.1EE.12)
AO5626 MICRO / MINI-SATELLITE INTERPLANETARY MISSION
(From 04/02/2008 to 17/03/2008, Act.Ref.: 07.197.45)
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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