Space Weather Euro News Vol. 13 Issue 2 (03-03-09)

Table of Contents:

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  1. New Functionalities Available in SWENET
  2. International School of Space Science: Course on "Solar terrestrial physics from the polar regions": Deadline extended to March 12, 2009
  3. Modern Challenges in Nonlinear Plasma Physics: A conference honoring the career of K. Papadopoulos" June 15-19, 2009, Sani Resort, Halkidiki, Greece
  4. 38th Scientific Assembly of the Committee on Space Research and Associated Events, COSPAR 2010, 18 - 25 July 2010, Bremen, Germany
  5. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS
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1. New Functionalities Available in SWENET
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From: Lasse Iwersen

The SWENET-Team is pleased to inform you of a new software release of the Space Weather European Network (SWENET) Portal including functional upgrades and interface enhancements:

http://www.esa-spaceweather.net/swenet

  1. Main Upgrades:

    Index Quality Statistics provides the following Skill Index plots showing the average accuracy of a forecast method over the year:

    - Scatter plot

    - Bar diagramm

    - Joint/Monthly distribution

    - Annual trend

    - Skill index

    Please, click here to see the new Index Quality Page

  2. SDA Integration:

    2.1. ASAP (Automated Solar Activity Prediction)

    This new SDA has been added with the following data.

    - Sunspot group images

    - Data to sunspot groups containing position, size, flaring probabilities etc.

    Please, click here to see the SWENET Latest Data

    2.2. ISGI(International Service for Geomagnetic Indices)

    Following indices are provided as quicklook, provisional, and definitive data:

    - Am (q, p, d) finished

    - Aa (q, p, d) finished (and definitive values now updated until end of 2008).

    Please, click here to see get more information about ISGI

A detailed list of the changes in this release can be found here:

If you have any suggestions or requests for improvements to the SWENET Portal, do not hesitate to contact the at SWENET-Team

With kind regards,

The SWENET-Team

Pablo Beltrami, Kai Ruhl, Lasse Iwersen and Leonardo de Souza Menezes

The SWENET portal has been developed by etamax and BIRA through ESA contract number 18042/04/NL/JA as part of the ESA Space Weather Applications Pilot Project. For further information, please contact Alexi Glover

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2. International School of Space Science: Course on "Solar terrestrial physics from
the polar regions": Deadline extended to March 12, 2009
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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 Solar terrestrial physics from the polar regions, to be held in L'Aquila, Italy, April 6-11, 2009, and directed by M. Candidi (INAF-IFSI, Roma, Italy) and D. Moses (Naval Research Laboratory, Maryland, USA).

The course will present the implications of solar terrestrial effects which have been identified as a crucial item in many aspects of human life, besides the inherent scientific motivations that make this field one of the most interesting for research.

It is recognized that space weather and climate change depend on solar terrestrial effects to a large extent.

Antarctica has been identified as one of the platforms from which solar terrestrial effects can be best studied, given the mapping of magnetospheric phenomena to the polar regions via the lines of the Earth magnetic field.

This led SCAR (the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research of ICSU), to approve in 2004 a multi-year research program of its own, ICESTAR (Interhemispheric Conjugacy Effects in Solar Terrestrial and Aeronomy Research). This research program was later proposed, and approved by the IPY (International Polar Year).

The IPY comes to an end in March 2009, and this motivates the program of the school. The aim of the school will be to report advances and propose developments in several fields of research in the framework of SCAR and the IPY. The IPY has addressed both hemispheres, Antarctica and the Arctic; both will be focused on in the presentations.

Extended deadline for application: March 12, 2009.

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

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3. Modern Challenges in Nonlinear Plasma Physics: A conference honoring
the career of K. Papadopoulos" June 15-19, 2009, Sani Resort, Halkidiki, Greece
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From: Dimitris Vassiliadis

http://www.astro.auth.gr/~vlahos/kp

Third Announcement

Summary: This unique and exciting meeting brings together physicists from three different communities (geospace, lab, solar) to review the recent progress in nonlinear plasma processes and chart the exciting future of these disciplines and their applications. The program includes a number of review talks by acclaimed specialists in these fields (listed below). Proceedings of the conference will be published.

Young scientist travel support: while the meeting is open to everyone, postdocs and graduate students are particularly encouraged to attend and apply for travel support. A limited amount of partial travel support (accommodation and/or registration) has been set aside. Please contact the organizers by February 28.

Themes:

  1. Building blocks of nonlinear plasmas (Particle acceleration; beam-plasma interactions; nonlinear waves; plasma radiation)
  2. Meso- and macroscale structures: formation and stability (Nonlinear evolution of instabilities; magnetic reconnection; turbulence and intermittency; maser mechanisms; hysteresis and storage-release processes in space and lab plasmas; large-scale coherence)
  3. Dynamic and interacting plasmas (Multiscale coupling in space and lab plasmas; bursty flows and transitions to turbulence; plasma interaction with solid and magnetic barriers; cascades and power-law regimes)
  4. Revealing plasma structure via active experiments (tether and sheath electrodynamics; dusty plasmas; wave excitation and transmission; ionospheric modification)

Invited speakers (confirmed):
V. Angelopoulos, M. Ashour-Abdalla, D.N. Baker, M. Balikhin, R. Bingham,
S.V. Bulanov, C.-L. Chang, S.C. Chapman, J. Chen, R.O. Dendy, J.F. Drake,
G. Ganguli, W. Gekelman, S. Ghosh, M.L. Goldstein, C.C. Goodrich, W. Horton,
U.S. Inan, M.E. Koepke, S.M. Krimigis, M. Lampe, A.T.Y. Lui, G. Milikh,
E. Mishin, Y. Omura, G.K. Parks, J.S. Pickett, E. Priest, T. Pulkkinen,
R. Sagdeev, M. Scholer, A.S. Sharma, P. Sprangle, R. Stenzel, A.V. Streltsov,
A. Ting, B. Tsurutani, M. Velli, J.L. Vomvoridis, T. Wallace, L.M. Zelenyi

Advisory committee:
R.C. Davidson, M.L. Goldstein, A.V. Gurevich, K. Hizanidis, C.F. Kennel, C.S. Liu, R. Sagdeev, A.S. Sharma, P. Sprangle

Executive committee:
K. Akimoto, P.J. Cargill, I.A. Daglis, S.F. Fung, J.D. Huba, X. Shao, D. Vassiliadis (Co-chair), L. Vlahos (Co-chair)

Abstract submission deadline:
March 13, 2009

Pre-registration deadline:
April 17, 2009

For more information please contact:
Dimitris Vassiliadis (dimitris.vassiliadis@mail.wvu.edu)
Loukas Vlahos (vlahos@astro.auth.gr)

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4. 38th Scientific Assembly of the Committee on Space Research and Associated Events,
COSPAR 2010, 18 - 25 July 2010, Bremen, Germany
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From: COSPAR Secretariat

ANNOUNCEMENT

Title: 38th Scientific Assembly of the Committee on Space Research and Associated Events - COSPAR 2010
Date:        18 - 25 July 2010
Place:        Bremen, Germany
Contact:   COSPAR Secretariat,
                c/o CNES,
                2 place Maurice Quentin,
                75039 Paris Cedex 01,
                France
                Tel: +33 1 44 76 75 10
                Fax: +33 1 44 76 74 37
                cospar@cosparhq.cnes.fr

http://www.cospar2010.org/ or http://www.cospar-assembly.org

Scientific Program Chair: Prof. Tilman Spohn, Institute of Planetary Research, German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Abstract Deadline: Mid-February 2010

Topics: Approximately 90 meetings covering the fields of COSPAR Scientific Commissions (SC) and Panels:

- SC A: The Earth s Surface, Meteorology and Climate
- SC B: The Earth-Moon System, Planets, and Small Bodies of the Solar System
- SC C: The Upper Atmospheres of the Earth and Planets Including Reference Atmospheres
- SC D: Space Plasmas in the Solar System, Including Planetary Magnetospheres
- SC E: Research in Astrophysics from Space
- SC F: Life Sciences as Related to Space
- SC G: Materials Sciences in Space
- SC H: Fundamental Physics in Space
- Panel on Satellite Dynamics (PSD)
- Panel on Scientific Ballooning (PSB)
- Panel on Potentially Environmentally Detrimental Activities in Space (PEDAS)
- Panel on Radiation Belt Environment Modelling (PRBEM)
- Panel on Space Weather (PSW)
- Panel on Planetary Protection (PPP)
- Panel on Capacity Building (PCB)
- Panel on Education (PE)
- Panel on Exploration (PEX)
- Special events: Interdisciplinary lectures, space agency round table, etc.

Selected papers published in Advances in Space Research, a fully refereed journal with no deadlines open to all submissions in relevant fields.

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5. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS
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AO5998 DEVELOPMENT EVALUATION AND QUALIFICATION OF A RADIATION HARDENED LOW-SIDE MOSFET DRIVER (RE-ISSUE)
(From 19/02/2009 to 02/04/2009, Act.Ref.: 08.1QC.20)
AO6045 RADIATION EFFECTS ON SENSORS AND TECHNOLOGIES FOR COSMIC VISION SCI MISSIONS (REST-SIM)
(From 23/02/2009 to 17/04/2009, Act.Ref.: 08.1EE.32)
AO5978 HIGHLY MINIATURISED ACTIVE MEO RADIATION MONITOR PHASE A-B
(From 30/01/2009 to 10/04/2009, Act.Ref.: 08.1EE.13)
AO6032 LOW-NOISE SCINTILLATOR DETECTORS FOR PLANETARY REMOTE-SENSING
(From 17/02/2009 to 14/04/2009, Act.Ref.: 08.164.03)
AO6000 ARTES 5.2: TELECOM -TECHNOLOGY CALL FOR PROPOSALS
(From 16/02/2009 to 31/12/2010, Act.Ref.: 09.153.66)
AO6019 EUCLID CCD RADIATION EFFECTS CHARACTERISATION
(From 13/01/2009 to 27/02/2009, Act.Ref.: 08.1QC.14)
AO6002 OBSERVATION OF GRAVITY WAVES FROM SPACE
(From 15/01/2009 to 10/03/2009, Act.Ref.: 07.197.23)
AO5891 ARTES 3/4: TELECOM - PRODUCTS PROGRAMME - CALL FOR PROPOSALS
(From 05/09/2008 to 31/12/2010, Act.Ref.: 08.153.70)
AO5720 ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITY: FOR MARKET-ORIENTED ACTIVITIES (PERMANENTLY OPEN AO UNDER GSTP)
(From 21/04/2008 to 31/12/2009, Act.Ref.: 08.136.03)
AO5658 ESA TELECOM NEWCOMERS' INITIATIVE - CALL FOR PROPOSALS
(From 28/01/2008 to 31/12/2009, Act.Ref.: 08.153.52)
AO4780 ARTES 4 - ESA-INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMME: CALL FOR PROPOSALS
(From 24/11/2004 to 31/12/2009, 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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