Sporadic and massive eruptions of highly energetic matter and radiation from the Sun can trigger Space Weather processes in the near-Earth environment. Technological infrastructures on and around our planet are prone to Space Weather: satellite navigation and radio wave propagation can be impacted, as well as large energy transport systems like electrical power grids. Human health is also endangered by Space Weather: harmful radiation at flight altitude can increase when a solar particle storm hits the Earth’s environment, exposing crews and passengers to increased particle radiation.
Impacted stakeholders want to learn about those natural hazards. The need for Space Weather knowledge is increasing fast as more nations, companies and industries want to increase their awareness and resilience, to bridge with the reference community and learn how products made available by its members can be suitable for specific needs.
The school covers the basics of space weather, space weather data, models, indices, alerts, forecasts and products. It offers guidance and an overview of the vast amount of online information offered by the STCE and other space weather centers. Special emphasis will be given to Space Weather indices: where to find them, how to interpret and use them. The monitoring, forecast and alerting services of the STCE and other space weather centers will be discussed, as well as the PECASUS consortium, which provides a Space Weather service for the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in the form of advisories on impacts on GNSS, HF radio communication and increased radiation at flight altitude.
Please bring pen and paper and if possible a laptop with jHelioviewer installed.
STCE: Space weather news, info and courses (currently under maintenance)
SIDC Space Weather Services: predictions (ursigram), alerts and automated detections, data and news
RMI Magnetosphere and ionosphere: K_Belgium, MUF, ionosonde data
ROB GNSS group: SRB alert, VTEC data
Forecasting bulletins and alerts
SIDC bulletins: current Bulletins and forecasts
Archive of bulletins and alerts
Detections and tools
jHelioviewer: visualizing solar data
Solar Demon: automated flare, dimming and EUV wave detections
CACTUS: Automated CME detection
SDO AIA and HMI data browser
SOHO/LASCO movie maker
STEREO Science Center
Forecasting Timeline (Ursigram) Exercise