8-23 May 2017
Space Pole
Europe/Brussels timezone

This course is intended as an entry course on Space Weather. It provides an elementary overview over the relevant aspects of space weather without invoking complicated background physics. The course is required for meteorologists, geophysicists and space staff that have high school knowledge of physics and will be providing Space Weather information to military and civilian end users. 

Space Pole
Meridian Room
Ringlaan 3, 1180 Brussels, Belgium


For Space weather forecasters, space weather briefers, sea riders and space subject matter experts: they will provide Space Weather information, warn units in case of severe events, answer easy questions and relay difficult questions to the experts.

The qualification level of the trainees: medium level high school with basic mathematics and physics. Most of them have extended working experience in weather forecasting or engineering and have interest in natural and technical sciences. They think from an operational perspective. They have a good working knowledge of English and are familiar with technological and military terminology.

The end level: the trainees understand the basics of Space Weather for operators, know about the potential impact on military and civilian technology and understand the Space Weather products provided by Space Weather institutes. They are able to read and understand the Ursigram (SIDC) and Forecast Discussion (SWPC).

The course is also open to those interested in a basic course on space weather because of their work. Their levels range from high school to academics, including physics and mathematics on that level. Some of them have a background in space. 


The content focuses on Space Weather and the effects on man-made infrastructure and its functionality. The course starts with a comprehensive discussion on the physics of the sun, the interplanetary space and the earth. The course continues with a discussion of the impact on different technologies and related forecasts. The course finishes with a description of relevant observing systems and models and the institutes and organizations involved. By the end of the course the students are able to understand space weather products and how these are used to mitigate the potential impact on military and civilian technologies. 

Course days

8 May, 10:00-18:00
9 May, 9:00-18:00
22 May, 10:00-18:00
23 May, 9:00-16:00


Is for free but obligatory. It includes the coffee breaks, lunches and welcome/mid-course reception.

Course Material

Available in pdf-format through this website.


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