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 can be followed by meteorologists and space staff that have high school knowledge of physics and will be providing Space Weather information to end users.
For space weather interpreters/operators and sea riders: 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 content focuses on Space Weather and the effects on man-made infrastructure and its functionality.
The SWIC-course is about solar eruptions of very high-energy matter and e.m. radiation which inject massive amounts of energy in the Earth's magnetosphere and ionosphere leading to pronounced impact on navigation, communication and energy transport.
Participants should have a knowledge of basic concepts of physics: wave, particles, vector, scalar and vector field, ....
By the end of the course, the students are able to understand space weather products.