Space Weather Euro News -- SWEN

         Vol. 15, Issue 7 (16 May 2011)


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1. Eighth European Space Weather Week: First Announcement and Call for Splinter & Business Meeting Proposals

2. Second Call for Ideas for the PROBA2 Guest Investigator Program 

3. Release of 3-D MHD heliospheric code ENLIL at Spaceweather.eu

4. Note on the activities of Action Group "GPS for Weather and Space Weather Forecast" (GWSWF)

5. Space Weather Working Team Plenary, Tuesday 28 June 2011, Brussels, Belgium

6. Call for Papers: 15th International EISCAT Workshop 2011, Qingdao, China

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

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1. Eighth European Space Weather Week: First Announcement and Call for Splinter & Business Meeting Proposals

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From: Anna Belehaki <belehaki at space.noa.gr>

     Alexi Glover <alexi.glover at esa.int>  

     Ronald Van der Linden <ronald.vanderlinden at oma.be>



The next European Space Weather Week will take place in Namur, Belgium, from Monday 28th November to Friday 2nd December 2011.


This meeting is being jointly organised by the Belgian Solar-Terrestrial Centre of Excellence (STCE), ESA, the Space Weather Working Team and the COST ES0803 communities. The local organisation is done by the STCE and the Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB). This event will build on the advances made during previous European Space Weather Weeks and preceding ESA Space Weather Applications Workshops. 


Now in its 8th year, the ESWW has grown into the main annual event in the European Space Weather calendar. This year‚s event will highlight key innovations in space weather research, applications and services. The meeting will also focus on current 

challenges and actions necessary in moving towards a sustainable Space Weather infrastructure in Europe able to meet the requirements of a diverse end-user community. 


Recent Space Weather related activities in the framework of the ESA Space Situational Awareness programme and the EC´s 7th Framework Programme will be a key topic, and next steps will be presented with the opportunity for technical discussion. Community input is welcome and encouraged in particular via the SWWT plenary meeting on Wednesday afternoon. 


In order to meet the needs of a growing community, for the first time parallel sessions on focussed topics will be organised on two days of the meeting. Furthermore, it is expected that the main sessions will again be complemented by a diverse range of splinter and business meetings covering a range of topical themes.



Organisation:


The meeting will centre on 7 open sessions that address a number of topical themes:  


Session 1:  Innovations and Key Challenges in Space Weather Research and Monitoring

Session 2:  Building the European SSA Space Weather Framework

Session 3a: Space Climate 

Session 3b: Space Weather Effects in the Earth‚s Thermosphere, Ionosphere and Plasmasphere

Session 4a: Advances in GIC research and effects mitigation 

Session 4b: Solar Image Processing for Space Weather

Session 5:  Innovations in Space Weather Services and Applications


Sessions denoted a/b will run in parallel. Each session will be divided into oral and poster session. Posters will be on show all week and the poster sessions will be spread throughout this time. The oral presentations will cover a range of scientific

and applications related themes and will consist of both invited and contributed papers. Service user contributions are welcome and encouraged. 



Splinter & Business meetings:


A key part of the European Space Weather Weeks are the splinter and business meetings. These meetings provide the opportunity for interested participants to meet in smaller groups and address key issues in a style that compliments the open format 

of the main sessions. These meetings take the form of working meetings with reports produced and actions taken by the participants. Time during the ESWW8 schedule will be set aside for all convenors to report the main conclusions of these meetings to the full workshop. 


Several rooms will be available for splinter and business meetings during the week, starting from Monday morning. If you would like to propose a meeting please send the title of the meeting, a short description and anticipated number of participants to Alexi Glover (alexi.glover at esa.int) and Anna Belehaki (belehaki at noa.gr) as soon as possible. 


Deadline for submission of splinter/business meeting proposals: 1st June.


The full splinter and business meeting agenda will be published online by 17th June.



Special Events:


28th November: The ESWW keynote lecture will take place prior to the welcome reception and will again address a topical subject given by a renowned expert in the field. 


29th November: A scientific debate will take place following the day‚s normal sessions. A panel of experts will discuss: „Space Weather Risks to Navigation: How Concerned Should we be?‰


This year‚s event will also include a space weather fair, where users and service providers will have the opportunity to interact in an informal working environment. 


For more information about these events, please check the conference website for regular updates.



Abstract Submission and Registration: 


Online abstract submission and registration will be possible from 17th June via the official conference website: 

http://sidc.oma.be/esww8


Abstract submission will close on 16th September



Programme Committee: 

- A Belehaki (Co-chair, NOA & COST ES0803) 

- A Glover (Co-chair, ESA) 

- M Hapgood (RAL/STFC) 

- J.-P. Luntama (ESA, SSA) 

- R Van der Linden (SIDC-STCE) 

- P Vanlommel (STCE) 

- T Dudok de Wit (CNRS/LPC2E, SOTERIA) 

- B Zolesi (INGV) 

- M Messerotti (INAF, COST ES0803) 

- V Zigman (COST ES0803) 

- M Meier (DLR) 

- N Crosby (BISA, SWWT Chair)

- J Watermann (jfwConsult)

- M Wik (Neurospace)

Local Organising Committee 


- A. Vandersyppe

- P. Vanlommel

- E. D'Huys

- S. Willems

- R. Van der Linden

- S. Raynal

- & the SIDC/STCE-team 


This meeting is supported by the European Space Agency, The Solar Terrestrial Centre of Excellence, The EC COST Office through the COST Action ES0803 and The Belgian Science Policy Office


Conference web site:

http://sidc.oma.be/esww8





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2. Second Call for Ideas for the PROBA2 Guest Investigator Program

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From: Anik de Groof <anik.degroof at esa.int>



Dear colleagues,


I would like to draw your attention to the following information you or one of your students might be interested in:


The PROBA2 Science Center at the Royal Observatory of Belgium (http://proba2.oma.be) recently opened a new call for ideas for the PROBA2 Guest Investigator Program. Both the EUV imager SWAP as the X and UV radiometer LYRA onboard PROBA2 are in operational phase for more than one year now and have been acquiring very valuable data. During that year, 11 selected PROBA2 Guest Investigators have been (or are still) visiting the PROBA2 Science Center to efficiently use SWAP and LYRA data in their scientific research. 


A new Call for for Ideas for the PROBA2 Guest Investigator Program is now open for the period September 2011 - June 2012. Selected proposers will be invited to spend one or a few months with the PI teams to obtain expert knowledge on the instruments and to participate in the daily commanding of SWAP and LYRA. Each guest investigator will get reimbursed for travel, accommodation and living expenses. Details on the PROBA2 Guest Investigator Program can be found here: http://proba2.oma.be/index.html/community/guest-investigator-program/


Feel free to forward this information to whoever you think might be interested in this program. Proposals in response to this Second Call for Ideas are due by 30 June 2011.





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3. Release of 3-D MHD heliospheric code ENLIL at Spaceweather.eu

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From: Stijn Calders <stijn.calders at AERONOMIE.BE>



As a result of the collaboration between the Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB, Brussels - Belgium) and the Community Coordinated Modeling Center (CCMC, based at NASA GSFC in Greenbelt, USA), we are happy to announce the release of a new model on the European Space Weather Portal (http://www.spaceweather.eu).


The ENLIL (Sumerian god of wind) code is developed by Dr. Odstrcil and is a numerical model for simulations of the ambient corotating solar wind as well as transient disturbances throughout the inner and mid heliosphere. The model is based on ideal magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) equations with the ratio of specific heats, usually chosen to be 1.5. The model is accessible through http://www.spaceweather.eu/ccmc-enlil. An extensive help page is available at http://www.spaceweather.eu/ccmc-enlil-help.


If you have any model you would like to make publicly available at the European Space Weather Portal, please contact Stijn Calders (stijn.calders@aeronomie.be)





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4. Note on the activities of Action Group "GPS for Weather and Space Weather Forecast" (GWSWF)

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From: Maurizio Candidi <maurizio.candidi at ifsi-roma.inaf.it>



The study of ionospheric scintillation and its effects on positioning devices deserves specific attention, among the many research topics that are relevant to space weather. A wide variety of users are reliant on precise position determination (Meehan et al., Space Weather, vol. 7, Is. 2, 2010). SCAR, the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research of ICSU, has recently responded to a request from its ICSU reviewers adopting several research programs and sponsoring action groups that have to do with space weather; in particular at their 2008 bi-annual meeting in St. Petersburg, SCAR adopted the GPS for Weather and Space Weather Forecast group (http://www.scar.org/researchgroups/gpsforweather.html). This group held a meeting in Modena, Italy, on April 11-12, 2011, and reviewed progress, analyzed perspectives and drafted an implementation plan for their operation through 2016; minutes of the meeting can be found at http://www.scar.org/researchgroups/GWSWF/GWSWF_Meeting_Report_2

011.pdf .



The scientific objectives proposed for the group activity were as follows:

- Create and maintain distributed networks of specialized GPS/GNSS Ionospheric Scintillation and TEC Monitors particularly at   high latitudes.


- Identify and quantify mechanisms that cause scintillation and control interhemispheric differences, asymmetries and     commonalities in scintillation occurrence and intensity as a result of the geospace environment conditions.


- Develop ionospheric scintillation climatology, tracking and mitigation models to improve Prediction capabilities of space   weather.


- Retrieve tropospheric PWV for input to weather  forecast models and  to develop regional PWV Climatology for atmospheric   sensing in remote areas.



Working groups were installed to pursue these specific objectives:


WG1 Solar Terrestrial interactions and ionospheric effects in the current solar cycle. 

1. Multi instruments investigation of the upper atmosphere plasma dynamics and Scintillation generation (SuperDARN, GNSS, ionosondes, VLF, etc..)

2. Climatology of??scintillation, TEC fluctuations, irregularities scale sizes, C/N statistics,etc...

WG2 Lower atmosphere delay in GNSS based systems (water vapor reconstruction etc...).

WG3 Modelling and models testing.

WG4 Data management strategy.

WG5 Coordination with other programs inside and outside SCAR (e.g. URSI, CAWSES II, SuperDARN, EISCAT 3D,.∑).


All groups interested in joining the activities of GWSWF are requested to manifest their availability to Dr. Giorgiana DeFranceschi, INGV, Rome Italy (giorgiana.defranceschi at ingv.it) 





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5. Space Weather Working Team Plenary, Tuesday 28 June 2011, Brussels, Belgium

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From: Norma B. Crosby <Norma.Crosby at AERONOMIE.BE>



The upcoming Space Weather Working Team Plenary will be held at the Royal Observatory of Belgium (room: la salle méridienne) in Brussels, Belgium on Tuesday 28 June 2011 [09:30-17:00].


The draft agenda will be sent out in early June; subjects to be covered will include updates on the ESA SSA programme (mainly space weather activities), FP7 space weather project updates, FP8 and the future, national space weather news, etc.


If you have any news item that you would like to present or any issue that you would like discussed during the SWWT Plenary do let me know.





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6. Call for papers, 15th International EISCAT Workshop 2011, Qingdao, China

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From: Michael Rietveld <mike at eiscat.uit.no>



The 15th EISCAT International Workshop will be held in Qingdao, China, 5-9 September 2011, hosted by the China Research Institute of Radiowave Propagation (CRIRP). A ceremony for the 30th anniversary of the EISCAT measurements will highlight the Workshop. We welcome scientists and students all over the world to attend the workshop presenting the latest research achievements.Oral or poster contributions are both welcome. The abstract deadline is 31 May, 2011.


EISCAT Scientific Association operates some of the world's most advanced incoherent scatter radars and other ground-based facilities for probing of the space environment in the auroral zone, in northern Scandinavia. The first agreement to establish and fund EISCAT was signed in 1975 by six European research councils from Finland, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden and UK. The radar facility was inaugurated on 26 August, 1981. Japan has been full member of the association from 1996. China joined the association in 2006. Biennial EISCAT International Workshops have been organized since 1983. The 15th EISCAT International Workshop will be held in Qingdao, China, 5-9 September 2011, hosted by the China Research Institute of Radiowave Propagation (CRIRP). A ceremony for the 30th anniversary of the EISCAT measurements will highlight the Workshop. The workshop sessions will cover new results from areas including space weather, solar-magnetosphere-ionosphere-atmosphere coupling, high-la

titude ionosphere, mesosphere and thermosphere, meteors and space debris, ionospheric modification, and especially both traditional and novel applications of the EISCAT and other incoherent scatter radars in the world. In addition to the sessions concerning scientific progress there will be sessions on new radar plans and techniques (e.g. EISCAT_3D, the new Antarctic radar,the 3rd ESR antenna, collaboration with satellites). We welcome scientists and students all over the world to attend the workshop presenting the latest research achievements.Oral or poster contributions are both welcome. The abstract deadline is 31 May, 2011. The invitation letters will be sent together with the acceptance notification of abstract to each contributor for application of visa to China.


For more information see the Workshop website:

http://www.leme.ac.cn/content.html#website





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

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AO6708 DC-I PART II - ICT SUPPORT TO PILOT DATA CENTRES IMPLEMENTATION

(From 09/05/2011 to 20/06/2011, Act.Ref.: 10.118.06) 


AO6741 CHARGING PROPERTIES OF NEW MATERIALS

(From 08/04/2011 to 27/05/2011, Act.Ref.: 11.1EE.06)


For a complete list of ESA Open Invitations To Tender, 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 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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