Announcement: Comparative Heliophysics Summer Program:
"Solar-stellar connections, space-weather impacts at terrestrial planets, and small-science instrumentation"
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California
June 6 - July 1, 2016
Proposal Deadline: March 14, 2016
|Congratulations to the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) Mission team on a successful launch! |
- MMS Launched on March 12, 2015 and the constellation of four spacecraft are all performing well. Each of the MMS spacecraft is equipped with a suite of instruments that are designed to study fundamental processes in the Earth's magnetosphere, including turbulence and reconnection. MMS Website
DSCOVR Mission Launches
The Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) contains several instruments that will perform vital solar wind measurements from the Sun-Earth L1 Lagrangian point. This highly anticipated mission is planned to operate for at least five years. DISCOVR Website
- Update: Space Weather Roadmap is now available!
The ILWS/COSPAR Space Weather Roadmap is freely available to all who are interested. Please share and enjoy! Roadmap Website
Space Weather Roadmap is taking shape
At the 2012 COSPAR general assembly in Mysore, the ILWS Steering Committee and
COSPAR Panel on Space Weather proposed the establishment of a Space Weather roadmap. The roadmap "Understanding Space Weather to Shield Society," whose
objective is to identify key areas of research leading to a demonstrable improvement in service provision capability in the short, medium and longer term,
is now being finalised. The executive summary is available.
The Space Weather roadmap study group is led by Dr. C. Schrijver (Lockheed Martin, USA) and Dr. K. Kauristie (Finnish Meteorological Institute, Helsinki, Finland).
The full report is expected to be published early 2015 in Advances in Space Research. In the meantime, additional information and the list of contributors to the report is available at http://www.lmsal.com/~schryver/COSPARrm/.
|ILWS celebrates the successful launch of the Enhanced Polar Outflow Probe (e-POP) payload on September 30, 2013. e-POP will return valuable information on space weather storms and upper atmospheric plasma outflows. All 8 experiments have completed checkout and are anticipating exciting new science data. Congratulations, e-POP team!|
Congratulations to the organizers of the ILWS 2013 Science Workshop in Irkutsk, Russia. Over 100 scientists attended the conference and the presentations covered a wide range of science topics. Please see a brief Workshop Summary for conclusions from the workshop.
Abstract submission is now open for the 2013 ILWS Science Workshop "Space Weather Research with Space and Ground-based Observations" to be held June 24-28, 2013 in Irkutsk, Russia. The Organizing Committee has been hard at work attracting an exciting array of speakers for the meeting, and all members of the ILWS science community are invited to attend.
Please see http://cs.iszf.irk.ru/index.php/ilws/13 for full conference information.
Download the Conference Flyer (PDF).
The date and location for the 2013 ILWS Science Workshop have been chosen! The workshop will
take place June 24-28, 2013 in Irkutsk, Russia and will be hosted by the Institute of Solar-Terrestrial Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences. This is a continuation of our community workshop series, which includes the 2011 ILWS Science Workshop held in Beijing, China, and the 2009 ILWS Science Workshop held in Ubatuba, Brazil. All are welcome to attend.
Please see the meeting website: http://cs.iszf.irk.ru/index.php/ilws/13.
|The NASA Living With a Star mission Radiation Belt Storm Probes was successfully launched on August 30, 2012. The mission
is functioning well, and will return valuable data on the nature of the Earth's radiation belts.
Congratulations, RBSP team!
There will be a special session on ILWS missions at the 39th COSPAR Scientific Assembly to be held July 14 - 22 in Mysore, India. Scientific Event D2.6 "Future Out-of-Ecliptic and In Situ Observations of the Sun and Solar Wind" will feature many ILWS missions and scientific results. The abstract deadline is February 10, 2012. We hope you will consider participating in the session.
ESA has selected the ILWS mission Solar Orbiter for implementation! The planned launch date is 2017 on a NASA-provided vehicle. Solar Orbiter will venture closer to the Sun (0.28 AU) than any other mission, and will carry a suite of instruments to study the Sun and solar wind provided by NASA and ESA. (4 October 2011)
The 2011 ILWS Science Workshop, "Towards the next Solar Maximum," was held August 28 - September 1, 2011 at
the Friendship Hotel in Beijing, China. Presentations are now available online.
ILWS Welcomes the
Romanian Space Agency!
The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) is the most recent
organization to join ILWS. Dr. Dumitru HASEGAN, the Head of the Space Exploration Program at ROSA and the Director
of the Institute for Space Sciences, will serve as the ROSA Delegate to ILWS.
An editorial on space weather titled "How's the Weather" by Dan Baker and Lika Guhathakurta was published in the June 17, 2011 issue of the New York Times. The editorial discusses the linkage between space weather forecasters, researchers, and society.
The first launch of 2011 brought the Russian Federal Space Agency's Elektro-L
mission to orbit. A Zenit-2SB rocket launched from Kazakhstan and carried the new mission to space at 21:28 GMT on January 20, 2011. Elektro-L is a weather satellite that will perform several important space weather measurements.
Congratulations on a successful launch!
|The National Research Council's "Severe Space Weather Events" report is available online in both PDF and printed format.|
Special ILWS news release: "Space Weather turns into an International Problem". NASA Science News is featuring an article on ILWS activities and international space weather research, including interviews with ILWS delegates!
The PICARD Mission
was successfully launched on June 15, 2010. PICARD is a mission to study spectral and total solar irradiance, topics that are very important to ILWS.
Congratulations to the PICARD team!
New Workshop: "Advanced Computational Capabilities for Exploration in Heliophysical Science" (ACCEHS), August 16 -18, 2010 at the NCAR Mesa Lab in Boulder, Colorado in the USA. Working Groups will address needs and opportunities in (1) Solar (2) Interplanetary (3) Magnetosphere (4) Ionosphere-Thermosphere, and (5) Advanced Computation topics.
The 2010 ILWS Working Group meeting will be held July 15 - 17, 2010 in Bremen Germany. Working group meetings are for ILWS delegates and task group members only; we are planning a science workshop in 2011 that will be open to the entire research community.
2010 ILWS Working Group meeting information and presentations from the meeting
Congratulations to ESA on the successful launch of the
Proba2 Mission on November 2, 2009. The Proba-2 Science Center allows access to the science data and summary data.
||Textbooks from the NASA Heliophysics Summer Schools, which was
sponsored by the Living With a Star program, are now available. These
are the first textbooks explicitly addressing all aspects of
heliophysics. They were produced by the faculty of the 2007, 2008, and
2009 Heliophysics Summer Schools. All three volumes are available from http://www.vsp.ucar.edu/HeliophysicsScience/resources/textbooks.html
||A book on the International Heliophysical Year's activities has been published. The volume, titled "Putting the 'I' in IHY", consists of 370 pages describing IHY's science, outreach, and observatory development activities in more than 70 nations. It is available for purchase from amazon.com.
ILWS featured on Brazilian national television, October 9, 2009. The
2009 ILWS Science Workshop
, held October 4 - 9 2009 in Ubatuba Brazil, attracted over 120 scientists from all over the world and featured presentations and discussions on all topics relevant to ILWS science. Presentations from the workshop.
Koronas-Foton solar observatory launched on January 30, 2009 from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. News and Information
The Influence of Solar Variability on Geophysical and Heliospheric Phenomena: 2009 ILWS Workshop will be held near the city of Ubatuba in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, October 4 - 9, 2009. This will be the third in a series of very successful and well-attended meetings sponsored by the International Living With a Star (ILWS) that have been held around the world (Goa, India in 2006 and Varna, Bulgaria in 2007). Information on the meeting is located at http://www.dge.inpe.br/maghel/ilws/
- The Indian Institute of Astrophysics is organizing the 1st Asia-Pacific School to be held December 10-22, 2007 at Kodaikanal Observatory in India.
Applications are now being accepted for the 1st Asia-Pacific Summer School. This international school offers an intensive two weeks course in topics related to heliophysics. The course is aimed at Ph.D. and post-doctoral research students.
Session (Sessions D2.1/E3.1 on Wednesday and Thursday) at
COSPAR Beijing, China - 16-23 July 2006
Session (Union Session 1) at the Western
Pacific Geophysics Meeting, Beijing,
China - 24-27 July 2006
- ILWS supports
the forthcoming International Symposium on Recent Observations
and Simulations of the Sun-Earth System (ISROSES) conference
in Varna, Bulgaria from September 18-22,
2006. Symposia will include: solar cycle variations,
the response of geospace to solar wind variations, CMEs, energetic
particles, and modeling / prediction.For
more information, see:
- ILWS meeting held at the premises of the Austrian
Research Promotion Agency/Aeronautics and Space in A-1010 Vienna,
Canovagasse 7 on April 23 and 24, 2005. The steering
committee meeting was on April 23,
the working group meeting on April 24.
Contact William Liu or David Sibeck
for further details about the meeting.
contact information for the Research Promotion Agency
special session entitled "International Living with a Star
Program" took place during the 35th COSPAR Scientific Assembly
in Paris, France, 18 - 25 July 2004
- An ILWS
Steering Committee was held on May 23, 2004.
The ILWS Working Groups met on May 25-26,
Both meetings were held in Banff, Canada.
- The first ILWS Working Group
meeting was held in Nice, France, April 13-15, 2003 - Meeting
- The first meeting of the ILWS
Steering Committee was held in Paris, France, January 16-17,
- ILWS Kickoff Meeting held
4-6 September 2002, Washington, D.C. (29 attendees - 27 agencies