Space Weather Euro News -- SWEN

       Vol. 19, Issue 7 (15th July 2015)


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1. AGU Session SH021: Space Weather Forecasting, Science and Operations, San Francisco, 14th – 18th December 2015

2. AGU Session SM015: Ionospheric outflow on terrestrial planets, San Francisco, 14th – 18th December 2015

3. New Services Available via the ESA SSA Space Weather Portal

4. Chapman Conference on Currents in Geospace and Beyond, Dubrovnik, Croatia, May 22 – 27, 2016

5. Third Remote Sensing of the Inner Heliosphere and Space Weather Applications Workshop, Morelia, Mexico, 20th - 24th October 2015

6. Open ESA Invitations to Tender (ITTs)

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1. AGU Session SH021: Space Weather Forecasting, Science and Operations, San Francisco, 14th – 18th December 2015

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From: Mario Bisi <mario.bisi – at – stfc.ac.uk>


A call is open for abstracts to the SH021 (Solar and Heliosphere): Space Weather Forecasting, Science and Operations session at the upcoming AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco, 14th – 18th December 2015.  The abstract submission deadline is 5th August 2015 at 11:59 P.M. EDT / 6th August 2015 at 04:59UT.


Abstracts must be submitted by the first author who must be an AGU member (before 24th July 2015).  First authors are allowed to submit one contributed abstract, one contributed abstract and one invited abstract, or two invited abstracts to the science sessions.


Contributors may use the following link to submit abstracts to the session:

https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm15/sh/papers/index.cgi?sessionid=7566


Invited abstracts to be announced in due course.


Session ID#: 7566

Session Description:


Human technologies/industries are becoming more reliant on regular, uninterrupted energy supplies. They are at high risk from extreme space weather. However, such technologies/industries are also susceptible to a lesser extent by 'everyday' space weather (SW) that occurs at Earth during moderate-to-intense geomagnetic storms (often caused by CMEs, but sometimes by solar-wind structure).  Susceptibilities include power grids, airlines, communications, GNSS, etc.


The session intends to assess the state-of-the-art global SW forecasting capabilities and establish where improvements/additional services are necessary to advance our forecast/prediction of potential SW incoming to Earth.


This session solicits contributions of: ongoing developments of SW forecasting services/models; the provision of observational data/measurements from instruments/spacecraft; and pulling through of scientific models into operational use.  Contributions emphasising science from SW operational missions (e.g. GOES, DSCOVR, NOAA-2020, etc.) including those highlighting data/model gaps and that identify steps needed to further improve or keep existing SW forecasting services viable, are also highly welcomed.


Primary Convener:  Mario Mark Bisi, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot, OX11, United Kingdom

Convener:  David F Webb, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, United States




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2. AGU Session SM015: Ionospheric outflow on terrestrial planets, San Francisco, 14th – 18th December 2015

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From: Lukas Maes <lukas.maes - at – aeronomie.be>


There is a call for abstracts for the AGU 2015 Session SM015: Ionospheric outflow on terrestrial planets at the upcoming AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco, 14th – 18th December 2015.  The abstract submission deadline is 5th August 2015 at 11:59 P.M. EDT / 6th August 2015 at 04:59UT.


All contributions concerning the processes controlling ionospheric ion upflow and outflow on Earth, Venus, and Mars, and their possible implications are welcome. More details can be found at:

https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm15/preliminaryview.cgi/Session8734


Session ID#: 8734

Session Description:


On every terrestrial planet with an atmosphere, EUV radiation creates ions in the upper atmosphere that may flow upward. If the ions are energized enough, they can escape the gravitational potential.

Depending on the presence and nature of the planetary magnetic field, there may be many different mechanisms causing ion upflow and outflow, like particle precipitation in auroral regions, ambipolar electric fields driving a polar wind, wave-particle interactions, direct solar wind-ionosphere interactions, etc.


A fraction of these outflowing ions escapes into interplanetary space, so that they contribute to the erosion of the atmosphere; another fraction of ions may remain trapped inside the magnetosphere for some time, where they can affect the magnetospheric dynamics, especially for heavy ions, like O?; yet another fraction may return to the ionosphere.


This session invites contributions concerning all the processes controlling ionospheric ion upflow and outflow on Earth, Venus, and Mars, and their possible implications.

Primary Convener: Lukas Maes, Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy, Brussels, Belgium

Conveners: Hans Nilsson, IRF Swedish Institute of Space Physics Kiruna, Kiruna, Sweden and William K Peterson, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO, United States




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3. New Services Available via the ESA SSA Space Weather Portal

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From : SSCC Operations Team  <helpdesk.swe – at – ssa.esa.int>


The ESA SSA Space Weather team is pleased to announce that on 10th June 2015 the SSA Space Weather Network was extended with three new applications as part of ESA's ongoing Space Situational Awareness Programme Period 2 service developments:


1. A-EFFort, a new federated service from the Research Centre for Astronomy and Applied Mathematics (RCAAM) of the Academy of Athens, was added to the Solar Weather Expert Service Centre pages. This tool provides a 24-hour forecast of major solar flares via estimation of the effective connected magnetic field strength of solar active regions identified by processing SDO/HMI full-disk magnetograms. Forecasting results are refreshed every three hours.

2. A Service Supporting Resource Exploitation System Operators (RESOSS)  including geomagnetic and ionospheric data from Tromsø Geophysical Observatory and Norwegian Mapping Authority was added to the Ionospheric Weather and Geomagnetic Conditions Expert Service Centre pages.

3. The Space Radiation Expert Service Centre was improved with the new version of AVIDOS (AVIDOS 2.0) which provides estimated radiation exposure at aircraft altitudes due to cosmic rays, now including GLEs. 


The SSA SWE Portal, providing access to the new tools and content, can be found here:

http://swe.ssa.esa.int/


Users are asked to contact the SSCC Helpdesk in order to register for the new applications. Detailed Registration instructions and further information are available on the portal.


Please note that the SSA Space Weather Asset Database can now be reached via the Document page of the SSA SWE Portal. Users of the Asset Database are invited to contact the SSCC Helpdesk in order to register to the SWE Portal and configure their access to the new Asset Database.




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4. Chapman Conference on Currents in Geospace and Beyond, Dubrovnik, Croatia, May 22 – 27, 2016

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From: Andreas Keiling <keiling - at - ssl.berkeley.edu> and Octav Marghitu <marghitu - at - gpsm.spacescience.ro>


Abstract submission opening: 16th November 2015

Abstract submission closing: 18th January 2016


Electric currents are fundamental to the structure and dynamics of space plasmas, such as our near-Earth space environment (also called “geospace”). This recognition is one of the great achievements in space research, going back to the beginning of the last century. In the last decade, significant advances have been made in our understanding of fundamental processes related to such currents.


To build up a comprehensive picture, this international Chapman Conference will address electric currents in various space plasmas, including:

• Earth’s magnetosphere & ionosphere

• Planetary magnetospheres & ionospheres (other than Earth)

• Solar atmosphere and solar wind


The conference will provide a forum in which various space science communities can come together to discuss recent achievements of observational, theoretical, and modelling studies. The emphasis will be on cross-disciplinary science sessions, covering topics such as:

• Ring currents (e.g., at Earth and at the giant planets, influence of planet–moon interaction, etc.)

• Current sheets (e.g., magnetotail current sheets, coronal current sheets, heliospheric current sheet)

• Field-aligned currents (including M-I coupling at Earth and other planets, corona-photosphere coupling)

• Small-scale / filamentary currents (e.g., on auroral field lines, in turbulent regions, etc.)

• Energetics of currents (including dynamos, Poynting flux, and dissipation)

• Current measurement and data analysis techniques

• Current modelling and simulation techniques


With the upcoming 150th and 100th anniversaries of Kristian Birkeland’s birth and death years (1867-1917), a special session with several invited keynote speakers is planned on pioneers of electric currents in space and on next generation spacecraft missions.


The conveners are: 

Andreas Keiling (UC Berkeley, USA)

Octav Marghitu (Institute for Space Sciences, Romania)

Olaf Amm (1967–2014) (Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland)


The program committee includes: 

Chris Arridge (Lancaster University, UK)

Fran Bagenal (University of Colorado, USA)

Iannis Dandouras (IRAP, France)

Eduard Dubinin (Max-Planck-Institute, Germany)

Malcolm Dunlop (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK)

Catherine Johnson (University of British Columbia, Canada)

Kanya Kusano (STELab, Nagoya University, Japan)

Michael Liemohn (University of Michigan, USA)

Hermann Lühr (Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ, Germany)

Brigitte Schmieder (Observatoire de Paris/Meudon, France)

Igor Veselovsky (Moscow State University, Russia)

Michael Wheatland (University of Sydney, Australia)

Masatoshi Yamauchi (Swedish Institute of Space Physics/Kiruna, Sweden)

Akimasa Yoshikawa (Kyushu University, Japan)


Further information about the conference theme and the venue can be found on the conference website:

http://chapman.agu.org/spacecurrents/

where a high-resolution conference poster (pdf) is available for download.




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5. Third Remote Sensing of the Inner Heliosphere and Space Weather Applications Workshop, Morelia, Mexico, 20th - 24th October 2015

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From: Mario Bisi <mario.bisi – at – stfc.ac.uk>


The "Third Remote Sensing of the Inner Heliosphere and Space Weather Applications Workshop" to be hosted by Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) shall be held in Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico, 20th - 24th October 2015. The workshop aims to gather experts from the various fields of remote-sensing observations of the inner heliosphere, including white-light, EUV, and radio observation, together with modellers in order to tackle key outstanding science and space-weather operational issues, establish closer working relations, and devise the best ways to move the field forward as a whole. In addition, the science learned from remote-sensing observations is critical to improving our capabilities of space-weather forecasting. The workshop aims to look at ways in which we can more easily and efficiently share and access the various types of data between individual groups and sub-communities and to officially launch the IPS Common Data Format v1.0 (IPSCDFv1.0) now in use. It al

so aims to allow investigations into ways in which we model the inner heliosphere looking at the advantages and disadvantages of the available modelling, updates on present and future remote-sensing capabilities, and investigating further the ways in which these data sets all complement each other and are necessary to gain knowledge and understanding of the fundamental physical processes that occur within the inner heliosphere. These are critical processes that are key to both Heliophysics science as well as to space-weather operations and forecasting. 


It is anticipated that the Workshop will focus on (but not be limited to) the following topics: 

• Stream and co-rotating interaction regions (SIRs/CIRs). 

• Numerical modelling of the inner heliosphere through comparison with remote-sensing observations. 

• The solar wind in the initiation phase/acceleration phase and its modelling. 

• Present and future observations of interplanetary scintillation (IPS). 

• A look at CME events where remote-sensing observations failed us, how and why this occurred, and how might we improve upon this in the future. 

• The future of remote-sensing observations of the inner heliosphere - from IPS opportunities (MEXART, STEL, ORT, LOFAR, SKA, etc...) to Heliospheric Imager (HI) opportunities. 


Those intending on taking part in the workshop must complete the pre-registration form on the web pages before 31 July 2015. 


For registration and further information about the scientific program, financial support, etc. the workshop's website is:

http://www.sciesmex.unam.mx/workshop2015


There is also a Facebook page for the workshop:

https://www.facebook.com/remotesensingofinnerheliosphere 


*** REVISED Key Dates *** 

Pre-registration: Friday 31 July 2015 

Early Registration (~US$100): Friday 28 August 2015 

Abstract Deadline (Free): Friday 28 August 2015 

Final Registration (~US$150): Friday 25 September 2015 

Updated Workshop Dates: Tuesday 20 to Saturday 24 October 2015 


*** Important Notices ***

• All those interested in attending the workshop should contact the organisers ASAP in order to arrange hotel discounts and local workshop facilities.

• There has been a slight change in dates of the workshop to allow for easier travel for those attending the ISEST-2015 Workshop the following week.


Venue:

Unidad Michoacán, Instituto de Geofisica, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México (UNAM) campus Morelia, Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico. 


Core Organisers: 

J. Americo Gonzalez-Esparza (SCIESMEX, UNAM, Mexico) 

Mario M. Bisi (STFC RAL Space, UK) 

Bernard V. Jackson (UCSD, USA) 

David Webb (BC, USA)




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6. Open ESA Invitations to Tender (ITTs)

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From: ESA/ESTEC


Open invitations to tender (http://emits.sso.esa.int):


AO8264 SSA-P2 SWE-VII - MAGNETOMETER FOR SOLAR MONITORING MISSIONS 

(From 22/05/2015 to 11/09/2015, Act.Ref.: 13.118.06)


AO8243 ATHENA RADIATION ENVIRONMENT MODELS AND EFFECTS SIMULATORS

(From 19/05/2015 to 25/09/2015, Act.Ref.: 15.164.01) 


AO8367 MODEL AND EXPERIMENTAL VALIDATION OF SPACECRAFT-THRUSTER INTERACTIONS (EROSION) FOR ELECTRIC PROPULSION THRUSTERS PLUMES (RE-ISSUE)

(From 10/07/2015 to 18/09/2015, Act.Ref.: 15.123.02) 


AO7935: GSTP-6 ELEMENT 2: PERMANENT OPEN ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITY (AO) FOR MARKET-ORIENTED ACTIVITIES

(From 10/06/2014 to 31/12/2015, Act.Ref.: 14.136.01)




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