Space Weather Euro News Vol. 13 Issue 1 (06-02-09)

Table of Contents:

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  1. SSA and Space Weather Technology Developments
  2. Highly Miniaturised Radiation Monitoring
  3. Course on Solar terrestrial physics from the polar regions
  4. Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism (GP) session, GP05 Space Climate:
    The Role of Solar and Geomagnetic Variability (AGU Sesion)
  5. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS TO "Magnetopause and magnetosheath processes:
    reconnection, diffusion and boundary dynamics"
    IAGA Session III.01, August 24-30 2009, Sopron, Hungary
  6. Sixth European Space Weather Week, 16-20th November 2009, Brussels
  7. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS
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1. SSA and Space Weather Technology Developments
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From: Eamonn Daly

SSA and Space Weather Technology Developments

With the recent approval of the SSA preparatory programme, ESA will embark on establishment of prototype services and associated infrastructures over the next 3 years in preparation for proposal of a full programme at the next council at ministerial level. It is important for the community to be aware that, in parallel with activities funded through the SSA programme, technologies to enable the deployment of an operational system in later phases will start to be developed in parallel through the GSTP technology development programme
(http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Technology_Business_Opportunities/SEMSW4M5NDF_0.html).
These should include development of service-oriented instrumentation to be deployed in a future space segment, but also relevant ground-based and "software" technologies. National delegations will be asked to indicate support for any proposed activities over the next months, so it is important for interested parties to engage in appropriate dialogues in advance. For more information, please contact: Eamonn Daly

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2. Highly Miniaturised Radiation Monitoring
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From: Eamonn Daly

ESA has issued an important invitation to tender 30 January which will initiate the development of basic spacecraft radiation measurement functions in a package that is dramatically smaller than in the current generation of space environment monitors. Interested parties should consult the EMITS system, item AO5978. The present action will investigate development options and establish the basic design. Following subsequent development of flight models, it is foreseen to deploy the devices extensively on ESA spacecraft. The closing date for proposals in 13 March.

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3. Course on Solar terrestrial physics from the polar regions
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From: Paola Solini

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF SPACE SCIENCE

Course on “Solar terrestrial physics from the polar regions”

The International School of Space Science (Consorzio Interuniversitario per la Fisica Spaziale), in cooperation with the Consorzio Area di Ricerca in Astrogeofisica, has organized a course on Solar terrestrial physics from the polar regions, to be held in L’Aquila, Italy, April 6-11, 2009, and directed by M. Candidi (INAF-IFSI, Roma, Italy) and D. Moses (Naval Research Laboratory, Maryland, USA). The course will present the implications of solar terrestrial effects which have been identified as a crucial item in many aspects of human life, besides the inherent scientific motivations that make this field one of the most interesting for research. It is recognized that space weather and climate change depend on solar terrestrial effects to a large extent. Antarctica has been identified as one of the platforms from which solar terrestrial effects can be best studied, given the mapping of magnetospheric phenomena to the polar regions via the lines of the Earth magnetic field. This led SCAR (the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research of ICSU), to approve in 2004 a multi-year research program of its own, ICESTAR (Interhemispheric Conjugacy Effects in Solar Terrestrial and Aeronomy Research). This research program was later proposed, and approved by the IPY (International Polar Year). The IPY comes to an end in March 2009, and this motivates the program of the school. The aim of the school will be to report advances and propose developments in several fields of research in the framework of SCAR and the IPY. The IPY has addressed both hemispheres, Antarctica and the Arctic; both will be focused on in the presentations.

Deadline for application: February 28, 2009.

For further information visit http://www.cifs-isss.org/ or send an e-mail to ssc@aquila.infn.it.

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CIFS - International School of Space Science
c/o Dipartimento di Fisica
Università degli Studi di L'Aquila
Via Vetoio - 67010 Coppito (L'Aquila) - Italy
e-mail: ssc@aquila.infn.it
http://www.cifs-isss.org

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4. Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism (GP) session, GP05 Space Climate:
The Role of Solar and Geomagnetic Variability (AGU Sesion)
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From: Blanca Mendoza

Dear colleague,

We would like to call your attention to the 2009 American Geophysical Union Joint Assembly, which will be held at Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada from the 24 to the 27 of May.

We invite you to participate in the Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism (GP) session, GP05 Space Climate: The Role of Solar and Geomagnetic Variability. This session focuses on discussions of Space Climate. Space Climate is an extension of Space Weather to long time scales. It is driven by solar radiative and particulate output and is strongly influenced by geomagnetic variations. We particularly solicit presentations on long-term solar and geomagnetic variations relevant to the Earth's climate.

Abstract submissions are now open for the 2009 Joint Assembly at:

http://www.agu.org/meetings/ja09/program/abstract_submissions.php

The abstract submission deadline is the 4 of March, 2009, at 23:59 hrs Universal Time.

We hope to see you in Toronto

Blanca Mendoza
Principal Convener, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México

Co- conveners
Kalevi Mursula, University of Oulu, Finland
Alexander Ruzmaikin, JPL ,NASA, USA

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5. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS TO "Magnetopause and magnetosheath processes:
reconnection, diffusion and boundary dynamics"
IAGA Session III.01, August 24-30 2009, Sopron, Hungary
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From: claire foullon

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS TO "Magnetopause and magnetosheath processes: reconnection, diffusion and boundary dynamics" IAGA Session III.01, August 24-30 2009, Sopron, Hungary

The magnetopause and its boundary layers are the prime sites of mass, momentum and energy transfer from the solar wind into the magnetosphere. Understanding the physics of these processes is central to magnetospheric physics. Observations of these regions are continuously ongoing owing to several dedicated spacecraft missions. Space data are further supported by observations from ground based observatories. New progresses in simulations (MHD, hybrid and kinetic) and theoretical knowledge allow the physics of reconnection and boundary layer processes to be elucidated as never before. This session invites contributions on a wide range of magnetopause -related topics, including observations of the structure of the magnetopause current layer, its boundary layers and their transient variations, the signatures of the various forms of plasma interactions, such as magnetic reconnection, and their relevance to solar wind-magnetosphere coupling. The basic physics of reconnection, plasma diffusion and boundary layer formation at the magnetopause, as well as the magnetosheath processes that influence magnetopause dynamics are highly relevant. Programme (Monday 24 August): Four 1.5-hour oral sessions + 2-hour poster session. Each oral session consists of an invited talk (30 min) and four contributed talks (15 min).

Invited speakers:

Contributions for oral and poster presentations are now solicited.

Important deadlines:

Conveners:

For abstract submission, registration, and more information, see the meeting website:
http://www.iaga2009sopron.hu.

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6. Sixth European Space Weather Week, 16-20th November 2009, Brussels
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From: Alexi Glover
Anna Belehaki
Ronald Van der Linden

We are pleased to announce that the Sixth European Space Weather Week will take place in Brussels between 16-20th November 2009.

Conference Website: http://sidc.oma.be/esww6

This meeting is being jointly organised by the Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB), ESA, the SWWT and the COST ES0803 communities. The local organisation is done by the SIDC of the ROB. This event will continue to build on the advances made during the first five European Space Weather Weeks held between 2004 and 2008.

More information will be available online soon. In the meantime, for further information please contact Alexi Glover, Anna Belehaki or Ronald Van der Linden

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7. Some ESA Tender Actions from ESA-EMITS
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AO5978 HIGHLY MINIATURISED ACTIVE MEO RADIATION MONITOR PHASE A-B
(From 30/01/2009 to 13/03/2009, Act.Ref.: 08.1EE.13)
AO5980 SPACE WEATHER WARNING FOR SPACE SYSTEMS
(From 12/12/2008 to 20/02/2009, Act.Ref.: 06.1EE.04)
AO5891 ARTES 3/4: TELECOM - PRODUCTS PROGRAMME - CALL FOR PROPOSALS
(From 05/09/2008 to 31/12/2010, Act.Ref.: 08.153.70)
AO4780 ARTES 4 - ESA-INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMME: CALL FOR PROPOSALS
(From 24/11/2004 to 31/12/2009, Act.Ref.: 04.153.85)
AO5720 ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITY: FOR MARKET-ORIENTED ACTIVITIES
(PERMANENTLY OPEN AO UNDER GSTP)
(From 21/04/2008 to 31/12/2009, Act.Ref.: 08.136.03)
AO5720 ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITY: FOR MARKET-ORIENTED ACTIVITIES
(PERMANENTLY OPEN AO UNDER GSTP)
(From 21/04/2008 to 31/12/2009, Act.Ref.: 08.136.03)
ESA TELECOM NEWCOMERS' INITIATIVE - CALL FOR PROPOSALS
(From 28/01/2008 to 31/12/2009, Act.Ref.: 08.153.52)

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For a complete list of ESA Tender Actions, 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 a prototype
mailing list intended to provide a forum for information posting news of
interest to the Space Weather community in Europe.

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