Space Weather Euro News -- SWEN

       Vol. 15, Issue 2 (27 January 2011)


1. Looking back at the Seventh European Space Weather Week

2. Reminder: Call for ESWW7 papers for the Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate 

3. Call for papers: Joint Symposium J-A05 at IUGG General Assembly

4. Call for papers: IUGG Session - A16.1 The History of Space Weather Forecasting

5. Call for Papers: COST Action ES0803, Workshop on Assessment and Validation of Space Weather Models

6. Recent Invitations To Tender (ITTs) from ESA-EMITS


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1. Looking back at the Seventh European Space Weather Week, 15 - 19 November 2010, Belgium


From: Petra Vanlommel <petra at> (on behalf of the ESWW7 Programme Committee)

European interest in space weather is growing in both momentum and maturity. This has been particularly noticeable at the annual European Space Weather Week (ESWW). The series of ESWW offer several plenary sessions, numerous splinter meetings and activities like the space weather fair and the debate-evening. This blend provides a platform for all those interested in space weather to meet in a formal and informal environment,

The ESWW7, held November 2010, highlighted several new space weather related projects supported by the EC´s 7th Framework Programme and by  ESA in the frame of the Space Weather Element (SWE) of the Space Situational Awareness (SSA) Preparatory Programme  The latter supports existing activities and new  initiatives with the goal of developing a federated network of services able to meet the requirements of a broad group of users. At the ESWW7 it was demonstrated that SSA is an opportunity for Europe to strengthen its capabilities and play a more visible role in the  Space Weather domain. 

From the increasing number of EU and ESA supported activities dedicated to space weather issues, one might conclude that the Sun is becoming more active, and indeed, we are moving towards the next solar maximum. This is currently predicted to be comparatively low, but our vulnerability is increasing as technology we rely upon is becoming more advanced and susceptible to space weather effects. 

From this perspective, effects on spacecraft are an important issue, and these were highlighted during a dedicated session at the ESWW7. More in-depth research, modelling and forecasting will help mitigate these issues in future. The session emphasized that good data coverage is  crucial for performing this task. 

The European Space Weather Week highlighted new data flows, e.g. from the NASA SDO mission and from dedicated space weather monitors such as PROBA2. To support analysis of that data we need new tools such as virtual observatories, online quick-look viewers and automatically generated data catalogues. 

The session on Space weather products and services demonstrated how they derive from research and modelling activities with a clear view towards end user requirements. Involvement of users is a key aspect in service development, and end users are also encouraged to attend the ESWW and participate actively in events during the week.

We are progressing to more mature application centres and the corresponding product and service segment is evolving rapidly. Sparsity of certain data and key modelling requirements were highlighted during the week. Efforts are underway to assimilate data into models and implement these models on appropriate platforms. Bridging the gap between models and applications is an issue relevant to all space physics domains from the Sun and the corona to the Earth's surface. This diversity of scales and processes is difficult to treat in a combined manner, but several initiatives have been set up to address these issues, and progress in these areas was demonstrated by several presentations.

Beside the issues discussed in the plenary sessions, the ESWW also included a busy splinter meeting agenda and a number of other special events. These all contributed to a lively and dynamic conference. The space weather tutorial served as an ice-breaker and started the week with an introduction for those who are new to the field. This year´s keynote lecture centered on some key discoveries in the history of space weather research. The debate focussed on space exploration: 'What is the rationale behind the decision to send humans into space?'. Furthermore, the fair again provided both scientists and engineers the opportunity to demonstrate diverse experiments and tools. The exhibits this year included the Matroshka experiment which drew our attention to research into radiation doses onboard the ISS, the aurora and the Sun in 3D, a radio receiver was mounted in the exhibition hall and the Planeterella experiment was exhibited.

Many, scientists, engineers, space weather product developers and students took the opportunity to attend ESWW7 in 2010 and we encourage you to do the same in 2011. 

ESWW8 will be advertised in SWEN in early 2011.


2. Reminder: Call for ESWW7 papers for the Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate 


From: ESA Conference Bureau

Dear ESWW7 Participant, 

We kindly remind all participants in the Seventh European Space Weather Week held in Bruges from 15 - 19 November 2010, that papers presented either in plenary or in splinter sessions, are invited to be submitted to the Journal for Space Weather and Space Climate (SWSC). 

Manuscripts on scientific research results, engineering developments and programmatic issues are appropriate for publication in SWSC. Papers must be submitted electronically to   

Submitted papers must be written in English and should include full affiliation addresses for all authors. Both full-length papers and letters will be considered for publication, subject to peer review by at least two reviewers. There are no page limits although the length of the paper should be appropriate for the material being presented. While the deadline for ESWW7 contributions is 10 February 2011, papers will be published electronically as soon as they are accepted. Papers submitted by the deadline will be referenced in an initial article on the journal webpages and in various newsletters announcing first publications in the journal. Please note that publication in SWSC before the next European Space Weather Week (ESWW8) cannot be guaranteed for manuscripts submitted after the deadline.   

Publication in SWSC is free of charge. 

The general format for submission of papers is available via the SWSC web site (Instructions for authors). 

With kind regards, 

On behalf of the ESWW7 Programme Committee, 

Alexi Glover and Anna Belehaki 


3. Call for papers for Joint Symposium J-A05 at IUGG General Assembly


From: Ellen Clarke <ecla AT>

Modern day space weather researchers shouldn‚t forget about „old‰  data. 

Please consider attending the XXV IUGG General Assembly on 28 June - 7 July 2011 (IAGA Symposia dates 2 -7 July and Joint Symposia dates 1-4 July)

and submitting an abstract to Joint Symposium Session J-A05 on

Data rescue, digitisation and metadata requirements in geophysics

Organisers: IAGA and IASPEI 

Scope: Many sources of geophysical data remain in analogue format and are as yet untapped by today‚s scientists. Mostly historical they may include, but are not limited to, magnetograms, seismographs, ionosondes, tidegauge records, borehole logs, observatory yearbooks and other published and unpublished results. Technological advances to cameras and scanners now provide the means for improved digital capture and thus rescue of the original analogue records. These hardware improvements, coupled with advances made in image processing software, also provide the tools for extracting digital data. This may be carried out using purposely written software to derive time series data from traces on graphs or optical character recognition software for cases such as tables of data. New techniques are being developed across the various geophysical disciplines and in order to maximise the benefits, there is a requirement to coordinate and promote knowledge exchange. 

This symposium will focus on the technology and tools which improve the automation of data rescue of all types whether the purpose is solely one of backup of the analogue records or to automatically extract the digital data. Presentations of new scientific results that have come out of this work are also encouraged.

The importance of metadata is also considered a topic that spans the various geophysical disciplines within IUGG. Various initiatives are on going to encourage relevant agencies to support the generation, preservation and dissemination of metadata and ensure the future usability of the data for interdisciplinary studies. This inter-association symposium will therefore also aim at assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the various metadata systems. We encourage contributions that highlight progress made and current developments across the disciplines as well as how best to coordinate future efforts.

Keywords: Data rescue, metadata, digitisation, image processing, historical data

Important Information:

Conference Home page:

Abstract submission:

Session details:

Important dates:

Close of abstracts for all remaining submissions:       1 February 2011


Ellen Clarke (Lead Convenor), Tony Hurst and Rick Benson (Co-Convenors)


4. Call for papers for: IUGG Session - A16.1 The History of Space Weather Forecasting


From: Phil Wilkinson <phil AT>

IUGG Session - A16.1 The History of Space Weather Forecasting 

IUGG Conference Website: 

Organiser: IAGA Inter-Divisional Commission on History     

Lead Organiser: Phil Wilkinson (Australia) & John Kennewell (Australia)    

This session will address all aspects of space weather forecasting and it is planned that the papers will be published in the forthcoming new publication History of Geo- and Space Sciences (HGSS), an open access journal published by the Copernicus GmbH (Copernicus Publications) group with Executive Editor: Kristian Schlegel.    

Scope: Long before the term space weather was invented, the need to forecast the effect of extra-terrestrial agents on terrestrial systems was recognized. The first attempts at forecasting were probably testing scientific hypotheses. When the global nature of the processes was recognized, exchanges were arranged to distribute data needed to make forecasts as well as the forecasts themselves. The International URSIGRAM and World Day Service (IUWDS) carried out that function for many years and had a change of name to the International Space Environment Services (ISES) to better reflect this role. For many, the functional history of forecasting starts in 1956-57 the International Geophysical year, when global forecasting agencies around the world coordinated their forecasts in an effort to help researchers make additional observations during and before disturbances of the Earth s environment. Some agencies came into being at this time others started to recognized their role.  Th

e success of this era was built on earlier efforts to forecast the effects of the ionosphere on HF radio and changes in the Earth's magnetic field. The 1979 Boulder Solar-Prediction Workshop was a watershed and the follow-on workshops brought many in the field together to exchange ideas. This session will explore the development of space weather forecasting from its inception, when it was little more than a scientific curiosity, to the present day, when it is a recognized service.    

Please contact me with any suggestions for the session, early commitments to provide papers, and general issues you would like to discuss or on which you need clarification.   

Phil Wilkinson (  

Assistant Director IPS

Bureau of Meteorology

IPS Radio and Space Services  


5. Call for Papers: COST Action ES0803, Workshop on Assessment and Validation of Space Weather Models


From: Anna Belehaki <abeleha AT

COST Action ES0803

Workshop on Assessment and Validation of Space Weather Models

Alcala, Spain, 16-17 March 2011

Call for Papers

The main objective of the workshop is the assessment and validation of space weather models developed by the European research community. To aid achieving the objective, advances on space weather model validation made internationally will be presented by invited experts. Models to be considered may be research models, pre-operational models, operational protoypes and fully operational implementations. Categories to be considered include physical, semi-empirical and empirical models, automatically or operator initialized models, models based on a deterministic or a probabilistic approach or a combination of both, models using assimilative schemes. A common requirement is the predictive capability which is the key parameter to be evaluated. For the purpose of this workshop predictive means that the model is able to produce values of physical parameters which can be compared with observations. Prediction is more comprehensive than forecast which means producing future values of 

physical parameters.

Contributions are solicited in the following areas:

- Compilation of European predictive space weather models and verification methods

- Observation uncertainties, impact of physical correlations on uncertainties in models and uncertainty propagation through models to predictions 

- Quantitative and objective validation of model performance 

- Physical parameters appropriate for metrics definition

- Physical limitations on model performance

- Critical assessment of model prediction lead time

- Developer approaches to model validation versus user requirements

- Assessment and classification of the predictive power of space weather models

The workshop will consist of a selection of invited and contributed talks and posters. Interactive presentations are welcome. We foresee a concluding discussion addressing two objectives:

- attempt to match requirements for space weather model validation seen from a user's point of view with capabilities for validation seen from a model developer's point of view,

- formulate recommendations on how the COST Action ES0803 may proceed in order to develop guide lines for assessment and validation of space weather models.

The workshop is organised in conjunction with the 5th Management Committee Meeting (MCM) of the COST Action ES0803 which will take place on 15 March 2011. Please note that although the MCM is restricted to the National Representatives and to invited experts, participation in the Workshop (on 16 and 17 March 2011) is open to the whole community, and free of any registration fee.

Instructions and schedule for abstracts submission:

- Please submit your abstract through the on-line tool available at

- Deadline for abstracts submission is Monday 7 February 2011.

- Participants will be informed concerning the acceptance and scheduling of their submissions on Wednesday 9 February 2011, through the workshop‚s web site.

Looking forward to meeting you in Alcala,

On behalf of the Programme Committee

Anna Belehaki, NOA, Greece


6. Recent Invitations To Tender (ITTs) from ESA-EMITS



(From 22/12/2010 to 25/02/2011, Act.Ref.: 10.118.07)


(From 08/12/2010 to 22/02/2011, Act.Ref.: 10.135.05)


(From 08/12/2010 to 22/02/2011, Act.Ref.: 10.135.04)


(From 20/12/2010 to 14/02/2011, Act.Ref.: 10.1EE.17)


(From 14/12/2010 to 08/02/2011, Act.Ref.: 10.1EE.14)

For a complete list of ESA Open Invitations To Tender, see:


Note: This newsletter is an initiative of the ESA Space Environments and Effects Analysis Section 

( and is intended to provide a forum for information posting news of 

interest to the Space  Weather community in Europe.

- SWEN contact group (keeping SWEN informed of news from other channels) is currently:

  Wolfgang Baumjohann           IWF Graz 

  Anna Belehaki                 COST ES0803

  Volker Bothmer                EGU-Solar Physics Secretary

  Alain Bourdillon              COST Action 296

  Jinbin Cao                    Chinese Space Weather Activity Representative

  Eamonn Daly                   ESA (excluding science programme)

  Maurizio Candidi              CNR

  Norma Crosby                  Space Weather Working Team Chairman

  Mike Hapgood                  Space Science Department, RAL

  Francois Lefeuvre             CNRS

  W. William Liu                Space Science Program, Canadian Space Agency

  Henrik Lundstedt              Lund space weather center

  Richard Marsden               ESA Science programme

  Terry Onsager                 NOAA Space Weather Prediction Centre

  Jean-Yves Prado               CNES Programme Directorate

  Michael Rietveld              URSI-Commission G

  Michael Rycroft               ISU

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