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ESA Space Weather Workshop:

Space Weather Applications Pilot Project


16-18 December 2002, ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands


  1. Introduction
  2. Workshop Aims
  3. Agenda (Workshop Posters)
  4. Proceedings (new)
  5. Important Dates
  6. Publication
  7. Accommodation
  8. Organising Committee
  9. Contact for administrative matters



Between 1999 and 2001 ESA sponsored two major parallel studies to lay the groundwork for a possible European Space Weather Applications Programme. These were led by Alcatel Space and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. The studies analysed user requirements, space segment options and the ground-based "service segment". This work was also supported by an external Space Weather Working Team. From these studies it was clearly demonstrated that Europe has very strong assets that could be potentially exploited in European or International Space Weather application services.

These assets include:

  • Ground based solar, ionospheric, cosmic rays and geomagnetic observatories.
  • Nano and Micro-satellite expertise.
  • Existing and planned space mission assets (e.g., SOHO, Cluster, Galileo).
  • Strong theoretical groups with skills in modelling.
  • Strong expertise in Space Weather effects.
  • Already existing small scale space weather services.

Coordination and development of space weather services will enhance the efficiency of these activities and provide new opportunities for utilisation of resources across domains that are currently separated from each other. Space weather is also naturally relevant to several European space programmes such as manned missions, launchers, science, telecommunications and navigation programmes. However, the scope of these Announcement of Opportunities (AO) may include activities beyond the Agency's traditional programmes.

ESA has taken the initiative to establish a Space Weather Applications Pilot Project to develop and extend the space weather user community through limited development of targeted services, provided by a network of service providers, supported by a common infrastructure and using data from existing or easily adaptable assets. Through this service and community development a long-term view of the potential for space weather applications should be established.

The pilot project consists of three main components:

  1. a network of service development activities (SDA) involving service providers, users and data providers,
  2. an infrastructure development, coordination and support activity, and
  3. a quantitative evaluation of the benefits of the service.


Purpose of this Workshop  

The purpose of the workshop is to gather the community keen to join the network of SDAs either as a self-funded activity or as an ESA co-funded activity.

The organising committee welcome contributions for poster/oral presentations dealing with the presentation of any SDA relevant to Space Weather. The list below indicates examples of domains for which the need for space weather services has been already identified. This list is not exclusive and discussion of SDA focussing on other areas are also welcome.

  • Ground based power distribution systems
  • Prospecting
  • Mobile communications systems and users
  • Ground-to-ground communications
  • Over-the-horizon radar
  • Space-based communications services
  • Space-based navigation services and users
  • Spacecraft development and operations (including drag effects)
  • Scientific spacecraft users (instrument interference and campaign planning)
  • Space launcher operators
  • Manned space programmes
  • Aircrew radiation exposure monitoring
  • Aircraft avionics
  • Spacecraft and launcher insurance
  • General public interest and tourism


Draft Agenda  

AM Monday 16th


PM Monday 16th

14:00 Workshop Open
14:00 - 14:10 Welcome address
14:10 - 14:50 Introduction to the pilot project structures, A. Hilgers
European Space Weather Services:
14:50 - 15:10 Upcoming Solar monitoring Services at the SIDC on the basis of new Ground-Based and Space Based Data, David Berghmans, Frederic Clette, Pierre Cugnon, Claire Foullon, Samuel Gissot, Jean-Francois Hochedez, Ronald Van der Linden, Petra Van Lommel, Erwin Verwichte, Laurence Wauters, Andre Zhukov
15:10 - 15:30

Solar Radio Noise Monitoring via the Trieste Solar Radio System for Communications Systems Interfaces Alerting., M. Messerotti

15:40 - 16:00 coffee
16:00 - 16:20 Solar Activity and Geomagnetic Indices Forecast, A.Blusson
16:20 - 16:40 The Greifswald Muon Telescope for Space Weather Forecast, F. Jansen and R. Hippler
16:40 - 17:00 Development of a Tool for Predicting Solar Wind Disturbances on the Ionosphere, E. Amata
17:00 - 17:20 Space Weather Impact on Precise Positioning Applications of GNSS (SWIPPA), N. Jakowski, S. Stankov, D. Klähn, and J. Rüffer
17:20 - 17:40 Validation of Near-Real Time GPS Occultation data-products for meteorological Services, P. Stauning, J. Watermann and P. Hoffmeyer
18:00 Welcome Drink in Space Expo

AM Tuesday 17th

09:00 - 09:20 Ionospheric H-Atom Tomography: a Feasibility Study Using GNSS Reflections, G. Ruffini and J. Marco
09:20 - 09:40 BAE SYSTEMS Daily Ionospheric Forecast Service, N. Wheadon
09:40 - 10:00 Quickmaps and History of the Effects of Ionospheric Scintillations on the GPS/GLONASS Signals, J. J. Valette
10:00 - 10:20 Pilot Project for Space Weather Applications: Geosynchronous Environment for Identification of Satellite Hit Anomalies, S. Bourdarie, D. Boscher, B. Huet, R. Ecoffet, JJ Valette
10:20 - 10:40 Coffee
10:40 - 11:00 An Architecture for Space Weather services, A. Pereira
11:00 - 11:20 Pilot Service for Improving Satellite Re-Entry Predictions and Orbital Decay Modelling, C. Pardini
11:20 - 11:40 Space Weather Risk Assessment for the Aviation Industry, J B L. Jones and R. D. Bentley
11:40 - 12:00 Geomagnetic Activity Forecast - a Service for Prospectors and Surveyors, J. Watermann, P. Stauning
12:00 - 12:20 Space Weather Applications Activities at Lund, H. Lundstedt
12:20 - 12:40 Auroras Now!, A. Malkki
12:40 - 13:00 Geomagnetic Indices in a Space Weather Perspective, M. Menvielle
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

PM Tuesday 17th

Interactions with other Programmes and Entities I:
14:00 - 14:20 EGSO - Infrastructure for the Space Weather Community, R. D. Bentley
14:20 - 14:45 COST 724: Developing the Scientific Basis for Monitoring, Modelling and Predicting Space Weather, J. Lilensten
14:45 Poster Viewing
14:45 Space Weather and FP6 Splinter Meeting
18:30 Social Evening in Noordwijk

AM Wednesday 18th

09:00 - 09:20 Monitoring and Analysis of Geomagnetically Induced Currents in the British Isles - A. Thompson, A. McKay and E. Clarke
Interactions with other Programmes and Entities II:
09:20 - 09:45 Providing Space Weather Services from Data to Forecasts, J. Kunches and K. Prendergast
09:45 - 10:10 Anticipated ESA contributions to and activities in the International Living with a Star Programme, ILWS, H Opgenoorth
10:10 - 10:35 "SRAG in Wonderland" Operational Space Weather Support Needs for Manned Spaceflight - M. Golightly
10:35 - 11:00 Three Stages of a Space Weather Programme in Ukraine, V. Korepanov, O. Federov, G. Milinevsky
11:00 -11:20 coffee
11:20 - 11:45 Space Weather Needs and Existing Activities at ESA/ESOC, R. Mugellesi-Dow
11:45 - 12:10 Space Weather Related Response to Framework 6 Call for Expressions of Interest - tbc
12:10 - 12:35 Space Weather Proposal in Response to the GMES Service Element Call - Y. Beniguel and R. Gendrin
12:35 - 13:00 The Role and Activities of the SWWT - A. Glover
13:00 Workshop Close

Wednesday 18th 14:00 - Thursday 19th 13:00

SWWT meeting


Workshop Posters  

Note: Poster dimensions are: 1.8m (height) x 1.2m (width)
  • The Trieste-Graz Solar Surveillance Network: New Products for Solar Activity Nowcasting,
    • M. Messerotti, W. Otruba, W. Pötzi, A. Veronig, M. Temmer, A. Hanslmeier
  • CME Shock Propagation and Magnetic Cloud Impact,
    • S. Poedts, B. van der Holst, L. van Driel-Gesztelyi, A Csik and H. Deconinck,
  • WWW Access to the ERNE Solar Energetic Particle Database,
    • E. Valtonen, E. Riihonen, K. Huttunen, T. Eronen, T. Laitinen, M. Teittinen and J. Torst
  • Experience of the Short Term Space Weather Forecast Operation based on the Real-Time Solar Wind Data,
    • A. A. Petrukovich
  • Substorm July 30th, 1999 Investigation on Orbital Station "MIR",
    • Yu Lissakov, S I Klimov, E A Grachev, O R Grigoryan, V A Grushin, K Kudela, M N Nozdrachev and K. Schwingenschuh
  • Studies on local Properties of ionospheric Plasma for Space Weather Assessments,
    • I. Stanislawska, H. Rothkaehl
  • Atropogenic HF Emissions Detected within the Ionosphere,
    • H. Rothkaehl, Z. Kos
  • The DIAS: Digital Upper Atmosphere Server,
    • A. Belehaki, Lj Cander, B. Zolesi, J. Bremer, C. Juren, M. Hatzopoulos, I. Ioannidis and D. Dialetis
  • Real Time Dynamic Ionospheric Storm Modelling,
    • Lj R. Cander, A. Belahaki and I Tsagouri
  • Space Weather Studies of Ionospheric Scintillations at Low Latitudes,
    • A. K. Singh and R. P. Singh
  • Ionosfera
    • F. Dalla Vedova
    • D. Kerridge
  • The ISGI WWW Homepage,
    • J. Paris and M. Menvielle
  • GIC SDA Activity at Lund
    • H. Lundstedt
  • Now casting Geomagnetically Induced Currents In Power Systems and Pipelines Based On Ground Magnetic Field Data
    • Antti Pulkkinen, Ari Viljanen , Olaf Amm and Risto Pirjola
  • Space Weather and Possible Effects on the Electric Power Generation and Supply Systems in Azerbaijan,
    • A. S. Babayev, A. Hashimov and N. A. Yusifov
  • Use of Space Station Infrastructure for Space Weather Research,
    • S I Klimov, Y V Lissakov, A S Belousov, A V Kalyuzhnyi, O V Lapshinova, I V Sorokin, S Belyaev, V E Korepanov, G A Stanev, K Georgieva, M P Gough, H S C K Alleyne, M Balikhin, J. Lichtenberger, Cs Ferencz, K Szego, S Szalai, J Juchiewicz, K Stasiewicz
  • Scientific - Educational Micro-Satellite: Introduction in Study of Space Weather,
    • S I Klimov, V N Angarov, M B Dobriyan, M N Nozdrachev, G M Tamkovich, S I Vasiliev, Yu I Grigoriev, O R Grigoryan, V V Radchenko, A N Zaitzev, I V Farnkeev and A P Papkov
  • 1A First Application
    • Marion Jenrich & F. Jansen
  • Space Weather During the European Science and Technology Week 2002
    • F. Jansen and Consortium


Important Dates  

Participants wishing to submit an abstract for this workshop should do so before 1st November 2002. Abstracts should be sent via email to Alexi Glover.

The registration deadline will be 15th November 2002. Please return the registration form to the ESTEC Conference Bureau before this date.


Participants are invited to submit their contributions for electronic publication on the ESA Space Weather Server. Paper proceedings will be made available in the New Year.

Download author instructions for the production of paper proceedings here.


Rooms have been block booked in various hotels in Noordwijk. Please book your hotel room by using the Hotel Reservation Form and return it before the 15th of November to the ESTEC Hotel Reservation Service. Confirmation of your reservation will be sent to you by fax.

Local Organising Committee  

A. Glover
A. Hilgers
E. Daly

Administrative Contact  

ESTEC Conference Bureau
P.O. Box 299
2200 AG Noordwijk
The Netherlands 
Fax: +31 (0)71-565 5658


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