Space Weather Euro News -- SWEN

       Vol. 17, Issue 8 (12 December 2013)


1. COSPAR/ILWS roadmap on space weather research and forecasting: Community input

2. COSPAR 2014 Panel on Space Weather Session - PSW.1

3. European Space Weather Week 10 - publication of presentations & posters

4. ESA Space Situational Awareness (SSA) Space Weather Service Network

5. Call for papers EGU General Assembly 2014 (ST2.4/PS5.4): Radiation Belt Dynamics

6. Open ESA Invitations to Tender (ITTs)


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1. COSPAR/ILWS roadmap on space weather research and forecasting: Community input


From: Karel Schrijver <schrijver - at -> and Kirsti Kauristie <Kirsti.Kauristie - at->

COSPAR and the International Living With a Star (ILWS) steering committee have commissioned a strategic planning activity (or roadmap) focusing on the ability to understand and forecast those elements in the coupled space environment related to changing conditions on the Sun that are pertinent to the phenomena of space weather. The COSPAR SW roadmap team is led by Karel Schrijver (chair) and Kirsti Kauristie (co-chair).

We welcome input from the research and user communities working in any of field related to space weather. Specifically, we look forward to hearing your views on capability gaps, priorities in essential observables and models. In your opinion, what would be the necessary resources for leaps forward in our capabilities to provide timely, reliable information pertinent to electrical power transmission, navigation and communication, space-based assets and aviation?

We are also interested in collecting information on URLs to space-weather related study reports and on instrumentation opportunities for the near future. 

We request your input in pdf format, limited to no more than 2 pages, with full contact information of at least the submitting lead author. All submitted documents will be made accessible to the entire panel and hosted online for open access as supplemental information to the roadmap report. In order for the roadmap panel to be able to digest the submissions we suggest submission at your earliest opportunity:

Please send your input in email to:

cosparinput - at-

no later than March 1, 2014.

More information on the roadmap initiative:

In the charge to the roadmap panel, the following expectations were formulated: 

"The roadmap would cover as minimum:

- Currently available data, and upcoming gaps

- Agency plans for space based space weather data (national and international): treating both scientific and monitoring aspects of these missions.

- Space and ground based data access: where current data is either proprietary or where the geographic location of the measurement makes data access difficult

- Current capability gaps which would provide a marked improvement in space weather service capability.

The outcome should centre on a recommended approach to future developments, including coordination and addressing at least:

- Key science challenges

- Data needs, space and ground based

- Smooth and organised transition of scientific developments into reliable services"

The roadmap team will have two meetings  (Nov. 4-6, 2013 in Paris, France; and in mid-April 2014 in Boulder, CO) prior to the 2014 COSPAR assembly in Moscow where the panel's findings will be presented.  Information on the roadmap activity can be found at

We encourage you to visit a growing repository of information on existing space-weather related resources being constructed as an initiative of the COSPAR Space Weather Panel, and to add your own input, at:


2. COSPAR 2014 Panel on Space Weather Session - PSW.1


From: Terry Onsager <>

Abstracts are encouraged for the following COSPAR 2014 space weather session:

Session Title: Research Directed toward Space Weather Services

Session Description: Space weather services today lag far behind what is needed to protect our evolving technological infrastructure. Although extensive basic research efforts are being conducted with the goal of improving our understanding of solar-terrestrial physics, less emphasis is being devoted to the near-term development of numerical models and applications that address specific impact-mitigation needs. Progress in space weather services requires both a clear understanding of the information needed to address space weather impacts and a focus on the development of targeted applications. This session will combine presentations on the goals and progress of application-oriented research projects with presentations describing the needed services. Presentations are also encouraged on efforts to validate research models using criteria based on space weather service needs and on efforts to assess the value of specific data used for applications. The aim of this session is to

 highlight current research striving to improve space weather capabilities and to maintain the dialog between researchers and service providers.

Organizing Committee: Terrance Onsager (NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center), Iwona Stanislawska (Space Research Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences), Michael Hapgood (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK), Mamoru Ishii (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan), Dave Neudegg (IPS Radio & Space Services, Australia), Oleg Troshichev (Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, Russian Federation)

The COSPAR Abstract Deadline is February 14, 2014.


3. European Space Weather Week 10 - publication of presentations & posters


From: Petra Vanlommel <petra.vanlommel - at ->

ESWW10 was a success thanks to the 385 participants. The content of ESWW10 came in all flavours: oral, posters, meetings, splinters juiced by interesting discussions, all thanks to the number and variety of participants!

To leave a footprint, the oral and poster presentations have been made available to the public on:

For those participants who would like to make their poster publicly available but haven't uploaded it yet, you can still do so here: 

Participants can check their uploaded posters through the same link.

The Local Organising Committee would like to thank all contributors for their inputs!


4. ESA Space Situational Awareness (SSA) Space Weather Service Network


From: Michel Kruglanski <michel.kruglanski - at ->

In the framework of its Space Situational Awareness Programme, ESA is building a federated space-weather information-provision network based on the expertise and assets from a wide variety of European players.  The network already includes several members providing space weather products and applications available either at the ESA Data Centre or at federated sites.  The network is monitored by the SSA Space Weather Coordination Centre (SSCC) located at the Space Pole in Belgium and inaugurated on 3 April 2013.  The SSCC also provides the first-level user support with the help of scientific experts gathered under the themes such as Solar Weather, Space Radiation, Ionospheric Weather and Geomagnetic Conditions.

Details and access to the SSA Space Weather Service Network are available from its portal located at:

At the 10th European Space Weather Week, the SSA Space Weather Service Network was presented during the fair and a dedicated splinter meeting.  Participants got the opportunity to meet several representatives of the network members, the SSCC and the ESA team.

Contact info:

SSA Space Weather Coordination Centre

Address: Space Pole, Avenue Circulaire - Ringlaan, 3, 1180 Uccle - Ukkel (Belgium)

Email:   helpdesk.swe - at -

Phone:   +32-2-7903-913 (during office hours)



5. Call for papers EGU General Assembly 2014 (ST2.4/PS5.4): Radiation Belt Dynamics


From: Ioannis Daglis <iadaglis - at->

This joint Solar-Terrestrial/Planetary & Solar System Session aims to discuss recent and anticipated progress in radiation belt research. We solicit presentations on the effects of global magnetospheric processes and local wave-particle interactions on radiation belt dynamics, as well as on aspects of belt coupling with the ring current and the plasmasphere. Of particular interest is the relative impact of various electromagnetic waves for particle acceleration, transport, and loss. The session is especially timely because of relevant research funded by the European Union through the Seventh Framework Programme (SPACECAST and MAARBLE projects) and the new results of NASA's Van Allen Probes mission, as well as relevant results from older missions (such as Cluster, THEMIS, CHAMP and SAMPEX). Papers on similar processes operating in the radiation belts of the other planets will be also be especially welcome.

More information and deadlines:

* Description and abstract of the session ST2.4/PS5.4:

* Deadline for the submission of abstracts: Thursday 16 January 2014

* Information on financial support applications (deadline: 29 November 2013)

Ioannis A. Daglis, University of Athens

Richard Horne, British Antarctic Survey

Ian Mann, University of Alberta

Elias Roussos, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research 


6. Open ESA Invitations to Tender (ITTs)



Open invitations to tender:


(From 10/12/2013 to 04/02/2014, Act.Ref.: 13.118.01) 


(From 04/12/2013 to 29/01/2014, Act.Ref.: 13.164.23)


(From 24/04/2013 to 31/12/2014, Act.Ref.: 13.136.02)


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


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:

  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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