The term "Space weather" refers to conditions on the Sun and in the solar wind, magnetosphere, ionosphere and thermosphere that affect the performance and the reliabity of technological systems on Earth and in space.
On-going, ESA-initiated parallel studies are being conducted by Alcatel Space and Rutherford Appleton Laboratories to examine in detail the needs for and the implementation of an ESA and/or other European space weather programme, including space and ground segment definition.
Such a programme could have strong economic and strategic impacts and benefits. Data resulting could potentially be of use in a large range of technology and service sectors far beyond the "traditional" space sector.
The actors potentially concerned by space weather and interested in the use of space weather data include:
Some examples of users include:
The purpose of this meeting is to provide a forum to discuss all aspects of users and markets in connection with the establishment of a European space weather programme. The discussions at the meeting will be organised around three topics:
The results of the discussion will represent a very important element in deciding on the way forward for any European Space Weather Programme.
Potential meeting participants are invited to contact Alain Hilgers or Eamonn Daly by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) in order to discuss their possible contribution to the workshop.
Participation in the meeting is free of charge, but registration should be done in advance and preferably before 13 November. Please complete the Registration Form and send it to the indicated address. Contributions should be sent to Jean-Baptiste Alberico (Jean-Baptiste.Alberico@estec.esa.nl) specifying your name, affiliation, and an abstract of your contribution.
Presentations making use of computer facilities are encouraged.
Presenters are required to make presentation material available for a conference web site. Proceedings will be made available on the ESA Space Weather web site, as well as in printed form.
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