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United Nations/Austria
Space Weather Data, Instruments and Models:
Looking Beyond the International Space Weather Initiative (ISWI)
16 - 18 September 2013, Graz, Austria
Hosted and co-sponsored by the Government of Austria,
the State of Styria and the City of Graz and co-sponsored by European Space Agency (ESA)

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More and more countries are interested in establishing own basic capacities in space technology development and also in access to- and use of diverse space-based data.

In this context, a new Graz Symposium series started in 2012. The new series attempts to address various space-based data analysis and workflows, review data availability and data sharing status as well as future opportunities, with a view to facilitate better and easier access to such data and resulting analytical products for general and wide-scale scientific benefit and also in support of decision making processes. The Symposium series also explores how space-based data and analysis could support the global development and help address or monitor the various sustainable development goals and targets set by the United Nations and its Member States in achieving a sustainable development of our Planet.

This year's Symposium, the second of this new series, will continue covering the Space Weather domain by addressing the global instrument network and related data collections as well as data modeling efforts making use of such data.

In 2012, at the conclusion of the ISWI initiative, a number of recommendations including regular interaction and continuation of international cooperative efforts were made in Ecuador (See A/AC.105/1030, ). The purpose of this Symposium is therefore to address a need to follow up on the ISWI recommendations related to instrument availability and data modeling opportunities, by bringing together experts from developed and developing countries and most major instrument operators and data sources as well.

Deadline for Submission of Applications: no later than Sunday, 16 June 2012
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Concrete objectives of the 2013 Symposium will be to: ?    Read more...   

(a) Review as an expert group world-wide existing and planned space weather-related data collection and development activities (space-based and ground-based observations, modeling and forecast development) and identify any gaps

(b) Review international cooperation activities and the role of international cooperation in addressing space weather-related issues, such as possible further cooperation towards a truly global space-weather monitoring capabilities

(c) Identify opportunities for international cooperation in the standardization, sharing and wider, timely use of data, also for operational purposes; data interoperability and formats will be considered, as those are important aspects for any standardization

(d) Review current models repositories and identify some opportunities for international cooperation to identify, create and better share optimized models to produce accurate simulations and predictions, timely forecasts tailored to needs in each country or region of the world

(e) Identify concrete cooperation and knowledge sharing in this domain with other relevant initiatives or consortia. SCOSTEP was already proposed for presentation and discussion

(f) Offer hands-on training possibility for participants in using existing model repositories such as the NASA one in combination with open or own data sources for various applications

2013 Symposium Programme: The Symposium will consist of a series of invited technical presentations by selected experts in the field, with sufficient time set aside for discussions and for presentations by all participants on their own relevant activities. Experts will be primarily sought for covering the Instrument Array status and data collection topics as well as data modelling.

    Sessions will cover:
  • Taking stock of existing space-borne and in-situ data collection networks and instrument arrays
  • Data processing and data modeling tools, ongoing efforts review, model availability
  • Data standardization, data interoperability and data formats
  • Special sessions as identified (SCOSTEP, IAA study, etc)

Participants: Applicants must generally have a university degree and well-established professional working experience in a field related to the theme of the Symposium. Applicants should ideally be involved in the planning, implementation or operation of data arrays, in relevant organizations, international or national, research or academic institutions or industry.

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