ISWI Newsletter - Vol.11 No.07
01 June 2019

Dear ISWI Participant:

Please send in your space-weather-related news to me. I can send out to the entire ISWI community.

George Maeda
Editor of ISWI Newsletter


[1] AGS Newsletter Vol.2 No. 005 18 May 2019 -- (read it)

[2] Two photos from recent "ISWI Workshop 2019" hosted by ICTP in Italy -- (read it)

[3] The Eastern Africa Global Navigation Satellite System and Space weather Workshop, 13÷17 May, 2019, Pwani University, Kilifi-Kenya (read it)

[4] ESWW second call for abstract Session: Geomagnetic Storms: a Geomagnetically Induced Current perspective (read it)

[5] VarSITI Closing Symposium; June 10-14, 2019, Sofia, Bulgaria (read it)

[1] AGS Newsletter Vol.2 No. 005 18 May 2019

Dear Subscribers,

The AGS Newsletter is published as part of the activities of the African Geophysical Society. You are encouraged to contribute material to this newsletter for distribution to the global scientific community. The material should be related to earth and space Science.

Aderonke Obafaye The Editor

(5) SCIENTIST OF THE MONTH (Ebenezer Agyei-Yeboah)

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[2] Two photos from recent "ISWI Workshop 2019" hosted by ICTP in Italy

Organizers of the workshop:
Pat Doherty (ISR, Boston College),
Sharafat Gadimova (ICG, UNOOSA),
Nat Gopalswamy (NASA),
Sandro Radicella (ICTP)

Local Organiser: Bruno Nava

Co-sponsors of the workshop:
United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs,
International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems,
Boston College, Scientific Committee on Solar Terrestrial Physics,
National Aeronautics and Space Administration,
International Space Weather Initiative,
International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics,
Centre for Atmospheric Research,
National Space Research & Development Agency, European Space Agency

In this pdf  link to document you will find two photos by Zana.

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[3] The Eastern Africa Global Navigation Satellite System and Space weather Workshop,
13÷17 May, 2019, Pwani University, Kilifi-Kenya

Message from the Workshop Directors:

Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) are space technology that can help in socio-economic transformation and full integration of developing countries into the world economy. GNSS applications can used to increase food security, manage natural resources, provide efficient emergency location services, improve surveying and mapping, and provide greater precision and safety in land, water and air navigation systems. It also has applications in numerous fields of scientific study in areas such as space weather, geophysics, geography, geology, ecology and biology. This work is designed to give an in depth view of science applications of GNSS technology.

The workshop is being hosted by Pwani University in collaboration with the Kenya Space Agency. We are very grateful to the Kenya Space Agency which is hardly a year old for taking up this noble task of supporting capacity building initiative. We are also thankful to the African Initiative for planetary and Space Science (AFIPS) for initiating and supporting the idea of regional workshops aimed at enhancing capacity building. Through the AFIPS support we were able to get financial support from the European association of Geochemistry. We equally thankful to the Union Radio Scientifique Internationale, URSI for the prompt response to our short notice for financial support. The China Research Institute of Radio wave Propagation (CRIRP) have also supported by sending an expert to the event and also donating stationery to be used in the workshop. In Addition a number of worldwide experts in GNSS have also generously donated their time to participate in workshop as lecturers.

The workshop will include formal lectures and hands on practice in GNSS architecture, signal structure, hardware, state of art applications and principally scientific exploration using GNSS. Participants are drawn mainly from the East African region. The lecturers have been recruited from Europe, China, Africa and all have a reputation for their excellence in research and teaching and GNSS technology. This diverse collection of people will generate an environment for social understanding, regional/international friendship and collaborations. Most importantly it will represent a regional group committed to facilitating the use of GNSS technology for science applications in their home countries.

As we begin this intensive workshop, we sincerely thank you for your participation and look forward to working with you over the next four days and if we can be of assistance during the workshop, please let us know.

With Regards,
Olwendo O. Joseph, Pwani University--Kenya
Claudio Cesaroni, INGV--Italy

See: Workshop Details and programme  link to document

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[4] ESWW second call for abstract Session: Geomagnetic Storms: a Geomagnetically Induced Current perspective

Dear Colleagues,

we kindly invite you to contribute to the 16th European Space Weather Week session: */Geomagnetic Storms: a Geomagnetically Induced Current perspective/*, that will be held in Liege, Belgiumon 18 - 22 November, 2019

The detail about the session are the following:
Conveners:* Mirko Piersanti and Roberta Tozzi.

In the highly technological society we are living, the study of Space Weather is becoming increasingly important to protect the use of critical infrastructures both in space and on Earth. A recent USA Government research on the economic impact of a severe geomagnetic storm shows that the potential costs on the USA power grid could be of 1-2 trillion dollars. During a geomagnetic storm, the principal magnetospheric currents and the connected ionospheric currents are intensified causing rapid changes of the geomagnetic field.

These variations generate Geomagnetically Induced Currents (GICs) at ground that can disrupt the operation of power grids, magnetic surveying, etc. This session aims to achieve a significant improvement in the global knowledge on the following important open questions: what are the magnetosphere-ionosphere processes driven by Space Weather events responsible for driving extreme GICs? What are the roles played by ionospheric turbulence, ground conductivity and the actual affected networks themselves in amplifying GICs?

what are the main parameters/proxies/indices that could be used to forecast the building up of intense GICs?

In this session, we invite papers about recent progress and current understanding of the physical processes of GICs, their associated impact on technologies as well as about the innovative use of mathematical methods that could provide new perspectives on GIC related research. Submissions that focus on observations, modelling, and theoretical understanding are all encouraged.

To submit your abstract, you can follow this link:

Please note that deadline for abstract submission is 9 June 2019 (there is no article processing charge)

Your sincerely, Mirko and Roberta

Dr. Mirko Piersanti
National Institute of Nuclear Physics
University of Rome "Tor Vergata",
Via della Ricerca Scientifica 1,00100,
Rome, Italy

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[5] VarSITI Closing Symposium; June 10-14, 2019, Sofia, Bulgaria

Take a look at VarSITI Closing Symposium

VarSITI is a SCOSTEP program. About 100 participants. More than 92 presentations.

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(1) Two photos from recent "ISWI Workshop 2019link to document (701KB, two pages)

(2) Programme of The Eastern Africa Global Navigation Satellite System and Space weather Workshop, 13÷17May, 2019, Pwani University, Kilifi-Kenya   link to document (330KB, 10 pages)

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