International Space Weather Medals Call for Nominations

Dear Colleagues,

We are happy to announce the 2017 contest for the international space weather medals. The new medal recipients will be announced in a medal ceremony at the European Space Weather Week, the 27th of November, 2017.

All three prizes (Chizhevsky, Nicolet, Birkeland) are prestigious recognitions of recipients’ major contributions in the field of space weather. Medal recipient’s work must have been documented in peer review journals or book chapters, or must be a technological contribution that has led to a fully implemented new space weather capability. Medal
recipient’s work must be relevant to space weather and/or space climate. The work must also be internationally recognized.

Please find the necessary information at the URL:
http://www.stce.be/esww14/medals.php

We encourage all of you to think about potential nominees.

With Kind Regards,

Mauro Messerotti, on behalf of the SW Medal Committee

NAM 2017: Call for abstracts on “The Physical Processes Underlying Space Weather”

We invite abstract submission for the National Astronomy Meeting 2017 session “The Physical Processes Underlying Space Weather: Formation, Eruption and Propagation of Coronal Mass Ejections”.  


The aim of the session is to bring together solar and heliospheric physicists, both modelers and observers, to discuss the formation and evolution of magnetic flux ropes with particular focus on:

  1. what are the universal physical mechanisms responsible for triggering solar eruptions,
  2. how and when magnetic flux ropes are formed,
  3. how their structure evolves during their propagation through the inner heliosphere,
  4. how the structure of the interplanetary magnetic clouds relate to their source regions on the Sun.

 

The NAM 2017 will be hosted at the University of Hull (UK) during the 2nd-6th July 2017. We note that this is shortly before the IAU Symposium on Space Weather of the Heliosphere in Exeter (UK), and that this perhaps provides an opportunity for colleagues from further afield to combine two meetings.

Please note that the deadline for abstract submission is April 14, 2017.

For more information, please visit the conference website: https://nam2017.org/

 

New Topical Issues on SWSC

Dear colleagues,

Three new Topical Issues have just been announced in the Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate. You can find the description at
http://www.swsc-journal.org.

The titles are :

“Developing New Space Weather Tools: Transitioning fundamental science
to operational prediction systems”, deadline: 28 April 2017

“Measurement, Specification and Forecasting of the Solar Energetic
Particle Environment and GLEs”, deadline 30 April 2017

“Flares, coronal mass ejections and solar energetic particles and their
space weather impacts”, deadline 30 April 2017

Do not hesitate to advertise them, or even contribute !

Best regards
Anna and Jean

EST Newsletter Autumn 2016

We are pleased to inform you that the first issue of ESTnews is out!
The purpose of this publication is to keep you informed about the progress of the European Solar Telescope (EST) project.
Please download a digital version in the following link: Download the PDF version

In this first issue:

  • EST chosen as a new ESFRI
  • New corporate EST website
  • Approved: the Preparatory Phase of EST
  • European Solar Physics Community
  • SOLARNET Young Researcher Mobility Programme
  • The prototype Integral Field Unit is now at the GREGOR telescope
  • EST Newcomers 
  • EST Scale Model

More information at www.est-east.eu

Positions: December 2016

From SolarNews

Employment Opportunities

  • Institute for Astronomy (IfA) University of Hawaii – Tenure-Track Assistant or Associate Astronomer in Solar Physics
  • International Space Science Institute, Bern, Switzerland – Director for Astrophysics Position
  • University of Sheffield, UK – Two Postdoctoral Research Associates (PDRAs) in Solar Physics
  • National Solar Observatory, Boulder, Colorado – Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado – George Ellery Hale Postdoctoral Fellowship Position in Solar, Stellar and Space Physics

Identification of the different magnetic field contributions during a geomagnetic storm

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We announce to the community a recently published paper on the identification of the different magnetic field contributions during a geomagnetic storm in magnetospheric and ground observations. The authors of the paper are SWICo members  from different institutions.

Link to the paper

 

 

Abstract:

We investigate the time variation of the magnetospheric and Earth’s magnetic field during both quiet and disturbed periods. We identify the timescale variations associated with different magnetospheric current systems, solar-wind–magnetosphere high-frequency interactions, ionospheric processes, and internal dynamics of the magnetosphere. In addition, we propose a new local index for the identification of the intensity of a geomagnetic storm on the ground.

Spatial interactions in a modified Daisyworld model

We point out to the community an interesting paper by the UNICAL group on a modified version of the Daisyworld model. First author of the paper is the SWICo member Tommaso Alberti.

Link to the paper

daisyworldAbstract:

We investigate a modified version of the Daisyworld model, originally introduced by Lovelock and Watson to describe in a simple way the interactions between an Earth-like planet, its biosphere, and the incoming solar radiation, where spatial dependency, variable heat diffusivity, and greenhouse effect are explicitly taken into account.
In this way, we obtain a more realistic energy-balance model to investigate the evolution of the Earth’s climate by considering several influencing factors.

The model is based on a hypothetical planet, like the Earth, which receives the radiant energy coming from a Sun-like star, and is populated by two kinds of identical plants differing in their color: white daisies reflecting light and black daisies absorbing light. The interactions and feedbacks between the collective biota of the planet and the incoming
radiation form a self-regulating system where the conditions for life are maintained.

We show that the diffusion process is able to destabilize the system and plays an important role in setting the symmetry with respect to the equator. The greenhouse effect, modeled through a grayness function, affects the temperature evolution and contributes to self-regulating the planet climate, in agreement with observational data analysis.

The equilibrium state is significantly dependent on the initial conditions. The initial conditions of daisy
coverage influence the vegetation profiles although they do not significantly modify the temperature behavior. This implies that a different surface coverage by oceans, ice and vegetation can locally change their interactions, producing local micro-climate (similar to the climatic zones).
This model could be very useful in the framework of climate changes, due to its simplicity, to provide both global and local informations about temperature and biosphere changes.

URSI-ICTP School on Radio Physics

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TREASURE ITN positions

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Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to inform you that we have 13 research posts that will be
soon made available in the scope of a new Marie Skłodowska-Curie
Innovative Training Network that I am leading. The project is called
TREASURE, standing for

*T*raining, *RE*search and *A*pplications network to *S*upport the
*U*ltimate *R*eal time high accuracy *E*GNSS solution

For details please see the attached pdf and feel free to circulate among potential candidates.

Marcio H O Aquino

TREASURE coordinator

Les Houches school of plasma physics announcement

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From laboratories to astrophysics: the expanding universe of plasma physics
Les Houches school of physics

Plasma physics plays a central role in many natural and man-made systems, from the vicinity of black holes to fusion experiments. This area of research is in fast development thanks to the strong interplay between experimental, theoretical, and numerical approaches. Long-standing challenges such as magnetic reconnection, turbulence, shocks, dynamo processes, or particle acceleration can now be tackled directly by a combination of these techniques. The goal of this school is to gather students and researchers from various communities (astrophysics, applied mathematics, fluid dynamics, fusion research) to provide a unified framework of plasma dynamics and to exchange new theoretical and experimental developments between these communities.

Session dates: May 1-12 2017

Program, registration & information