Space Weather Euro News -- SWEN

       Vol. 17, Issue 2 (08 March 2013)


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1. Extreme Space Weather ˆ a report published by the UK Royal Academy of Engineering

2. Solar Storms Seminar, IET London, Savoy Place, 30 April, 2013

3. Book Release: Northern Lights - a Guide

4. Open ESA Invitations to Tender (ITTs)

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1. Extreme Space Weather ˆ a report published by the UK Royal Academy of Engineering

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From: Paul Cannon <pcannon - at - qinetiq.com>


The Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK has recently published an assessment of the likely technological effects of extreme space weather ˆ otherwise referred to as solar super storms. The emphasis of the impact assessment is on the UK, but the conclusions and recommendations have more general applicability. The report concludes that a solar superstorm - which may only occur once every two hundred years - will be a challenge to deal with, but it will not be catastrophic.


The full report can be downloaded from: http://www.raeng.org.uk/news/publications/list/reports/Space_Weather_Full_Report_Final.PDF


A summary report can be downloaded from: http://www.raeng.org.uk/news/publications/list/reports/Space_Weather_Summary_Report.PDF




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2. Solar Storms Seminar, IET London, Savoy Place, 30 April, 2013

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From: Sarah Sennett <ssennett - at - theiet.org>


The IET will hold its second, case-study driven solar storms seminar on 30th April 2013. The extended title of this seminar is: "Building a business case to protect and prepare ground based infrastructure against geomagnetic storms". This is an event for science and business come together to grapple with the challenges of solar storm forecasting to culminate in engineering solutions that can withstand the effects of solar storms.


Key topics for discussion include:

A presentation of the Royal Academy of Engineering study into the engineering effects of extreme space weather

Insights into ground based system vulnerabilities from studying the space weather impact on power grids

The effects of solar storms on system critical control devices and GNSS related railway applications

Estimating the neutron component of extreme ground level events

Tools to help you plan your protective measures


Those presenting are:

Keynote speaker and Chair: Professor Mike Hapgood, Head of the Space Environment Group, RAL Space

James Kimmance, Head of Risk Management, Parsons Brinkerhoff

Alison Richards, Met Office

Dr Chris Frost, Neutron Irradiation, STFC, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Dr Sally Leivesley, Newrisk Ltd

Graeme Taylor, Principal Research Scientist, NPL

Dr Alan Thomson, Head of Geomagnetism, British Geological Survey

Jianhong Jin, Control-Command and Signalling Engineer, Rail Safety Standards Board (RSSB)

Keith Ryden, Reader in Space Engineering, University of Surrey


For the full programme and for registration visit:

www.theiet.org/solar-storms




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3. Book Release: Northern Lights - a Guide

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From: Pål Brekke <paal.brekke - at - spacecentre.no>


"Northern Lights - a Guide"


A new book about the Northern Lights has just been published and perfect timing  with the peak of the current solar cycle. "Northern Lights - a Guide" differs from other books that it takes the reader on a journey from myths through Kristian Birkelands theory to modern science. Furthermore it includes details of how to hunt and take great pictures of these celestial lights. 


After a very successful presentation of the book at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC last weekend (with Joe Davila/NASA), the book is finally available internationally from a UK based online store. A lot of colleagues have asked me about when and how it will be available - so now we have a link people can use.  It should be very useful for promoting the Sun-Earth Connection.


http://www.ypdbooks.com/the-natural-world/812-northern-lights-a-guide-YPD00750.html




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4. Open ESA Invitations to Tender (ITTs)

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From: ESA/ESTEC


Open invitations to tender:


AO7438 ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITY : 1ST CALL FOR OUTLINE PROPOSALS UNDER THE POLISH INDUSTRY INCENTIVE SCHEME

(From 20/02/2013 to 01/05/2013, Act.Ref.: 13.1SC.01) 


AO7436 TERRESTRIAL AND SPACE TECHNOLOGY SYNERGY INITIATIVE - 2ND CALL, THEME: ENERGY

(From 15/02/2013 to 12/04/2013, Act.Ref.: 12.135.05) 


AO7430     IMPROVEMENT OF SOLAR PARTICLE EVENTS AND FLARE PREDICTION

(From 04/02/2013 to 08/04/2013, Act.Ref.: 11.1EE.26) 


AO6124     OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSAL FOR ARTES 20 (INTEGRATED APPLICATIONS PROMOTION PROGRAMME)

(From 15/06/2009 to 31/12/2014, Act.Ref.: 09.153.75)


AO7382     P-CHANNEL CCD PERFORMANCE CHARACTERIZATION AND RADIATION TESTING

(From 30/01/2013 to 27/03/2013, Act.Ref.: 12.129.23)


AO7336     COLLABORATIVE ITERATIVE RADIATION SHIELDING OPTIMISATION SYSTEM (CIRSOS)

(From 20/12/2012 to 12/03/2013, Act.Ref.: 12.1EE.18)




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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:


  Rumi Nakamura                 Austrian Academy of Sciences

  Anna Belehaki                 Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate

  Volker Bothmer                EGU - Solar Physics Secretary

  Jinbin Cao                    Chinese Space Weather Activity Representative

  Eamonn Daly                   ESA (excluding science programme)

  Maurizio Candidi              IAPS/INAF - Italian National Research Council (CNR)

  Norma Crosby                  EGU - Solar-Terrestrial Sciences Division President

  Mike Hapgood                  Space Science Department, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL)

  Francois Lefeuvre             Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS)

  W. William Liu                Space Science Program, Canadian Space Agency

  Henrik Lundstedt              Lund space weather center

  Philippe Escoubet             ESA Science programme

  Terry Onsager                 NOAA Space Weather Prediction Centre

  Jean-Yves Prado               CNES Programme Directorate

  Michael Rietveld              EISCAT Scientific Association

  Michael Rycroft               International Space University (ISU)

  Juha-Pekka Luntama            Head of ESA SSA Space Weather Element

  Stefaan Poedts                Space Weather Working Team Chair


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