ISWI Newsletter - Vol.12 No.02
25 January 2020

Dear ISWI Participant:

Your material is always welcome ... please send it in.

"2020 ISWI Steering Committee Meeting" will soon take place in Vienna, Austria. For info, see prior ISWI Newsletters.

Cordially yours,
George Maeda
Editor of ISWI Newsletter


[1] Space weather from the aviation perspective (read it)

[2] Faculty Opening; Department of Space Science and Engineering; National Central University, Taiwan (read it)

[3] First call: Topical Issue "Geomagnetic Storms and Substorm: a Geomagnetically Induced Current perspective"; deadline 30 June 2020 (read it)

[4] Space Weather Nigerian Communication Network Newsletter (SwNICONET) Vol. 2 Iss. 001, January, 2020 (read it)

[5] New Year Greetings from the GIRGEA Network (read it)

[6] AGS Newsletter- Vol.3 No.01, 22 January 2020 (read it)

[7] The COSPAR Capacity Building Workshop on Coronal and Interplanetary Shocks (at Kodaikanal January 6-17, 2020) (read it)

[1] Space weather from the aviation perspective

Dear ISWI colleague,

Since a few years, I enjoy reading your newsletter. It gives me detailed info on space-wx topics that are not discussed in depth elsewhere.

Today, I'd like to draw your attention to the establishment of three global space-wx centers by ICAO,the International Civil Aviation Organization. It may be old news, no news... however, I believe it's rather important to mention that it is a 24/7 operational service for aviation, not special science.

The centers are
The AFCJ consortium, comprising Australian, French , Canadian and Japanese Institutions.

I am representing IFALPA ( ) on the ICAO Meteorology Panel, and participated in discussions on this over the years. To inform my colleagues in Europe, I co-authored a small news-item for the web-page of the European Cockpit Association. It can be found here:

It is written for pilots, to get them interested in a new kind of weather -- there are a few things in the article a scientist might express differently, I suppose.

I hope you enjoy reading,

Best regards, Klaus Sievers

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[2] Faculty Opening; Department of Space Science and Engineering; National Central University, Taiwan

The Graduate Institute of Space Science and Engineering at National Central University (NCU) in Taiwan invites applicants for one tenure track position at the assistant professor level or higher for the Department of Space Science and Engineering, which will be established effective August 1, 2020. Applicants should have a proven background in formulating, proposing, and executing research in astronautical engineering (including spacecraft components, scientific payloads, spacecraft subsystems, spacecraft and ground support systems engineering, radar systems, astrodynamics, global navigation satellite systems, and related fields). Additional experience in space science related fields is considered to be a plus … …

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[3] Topical Issue "Geomagnetic Storms and Substorm: a Geomagnetically Induced Current perspective"

Dear ISWI colleague,

The /Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate/ (JSWSC opens a Topical Issue on "Geomagnetic Storms and Substorm: a Geomagnetically Induced Current perspective" to appear in 2020/2021.

This Topical Issue intents to collect contributions on Geomagnetically Induced Currents (GICs) during high solar activity (e.g. geomagnetic storms, sub-storms and storm sudden commencements). It aims to: increase the global knowledge about the magnetosphere-ionosphere processes, driven by space weather events, responsible for creating GICs; understand the role played by ionospheric turbulence and ground conductivity in amplifying GICs; improve the forecasting of GICs.

This Topical Issue arises from the 16th European Space Weather Week held in Liege, Belgium, in November 2019, primarily from the Session 1 entitled /“Geomagnetic Storms: a Geomagnetically Induced Current perspective”/. However, it is not reserved to papers presented during this session and is open for all submissions within the scope.

During geomagnetic storms and substorms, the principal magnetospheric currents and the connected ionospheric currents intensify causing rapid changes of the ground geomagnetic field. These variations penetrate into the conductive subsurface generating an electric field which drives Geomagnetically Induced Currents (GICs) in large technological infrastructure. The latter can disrupt the optimal operation of power grids as well as damaging oil/gas pipelines. The aims of this topical issue are to highlight the significant improvements in the global knowledge on the following important open questions about GICs:

(1) what are the magnetosphere-ionosphere processes driven by space weather events responsible for driving extreme GICs,

(2) what are the roles played by ionospheric turbulence, ground conductivity and the features of the affected power networks in amplifying GICs, and

(3) what are the main parameters/proxies/indices that could be used to forecast the build-up of intense GICs? This topical issue invites manuscripts about recent progress and current understanding of the physical processes of GICs, their associated impact on technologies as well as the innovative use of mathematical methods that could provide new perspectives on GIC related research and possible mitigation methods (e.g., transformer and network design, or optimisation of cathodic protection for pipelines).

Manuscripts must be submitted via the JSWSC online submission tool. Guidelines for submission of papers are found on the JSWSC web site under the tab "Instruction for Authors"

Deadline: 30 June 2020

All manuscripts will be peer reviewed according to the quality standards of international scientific journals. The type of contributions must fit the style of JSWSC. All manuscripts should contain enough new insight, present the results against a properly referenced background of existing work, and present adequate evidence that supports the conclusions.

Accepted papers are published in electronic format only, and are freely available to everyone via the JSWSC website. JSWSC offers the possibility to include electronic material, such as animations, movies, codes and data.

Topical Editor in Chief (T-EiC):
Mirko Piersanti (, INFN – Uni. of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Rome, Italy

Topical Editors:
Ciaran D. Beggan (, British Geological Survey, Edinburgh, UK
Andrew Dimmok (, Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala, Sweden
Roberta Tozzi (, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia – Rome, Italy

For questions regarding this Topical Issue, please, contact the T-EiC. For questions concerning the submission process the Editorial Office ( should be contacted.

Best Regards,
On behalf of the TI Editorial Board,
Mirko Piersanti

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[4] Space Weather Nigerian Communication Network Newsletter (SwNICONET) Vol. 2 Iss. 001, January, 2020

In this Issue
  1. Editorial
  2. URSI GASS 2020: 29 August - 5 September 2020 Rome, Italy
  3. IUGONET Web Services Announcement
  4. Nigerian Geophysical Society Conference Ibadan 2020-FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT!
  5. v. ICTP Pre-PhD Programmes
  6. ICTP- East African Institute For Fundamental Research
  7. Postdoctoral Fellowship in the High Energy Physics, Cosmology & Astrophysics Theory (HEPCAT) group at the University of Cape Town (UCT)
  8. 2020 Rising Stars in Physics Workshop, April 15-17, 2020
  9. Special Feature of this Issue- PROFESSOR RABIA SA'ID

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[5] New Year Greetings from the GIRGEA Network

Dear ISWI colleague,
Happy new year 2020

Here it is the greeting card of the GIRGEA network relating the most important events of the year 2019. The GIRGEA network is part of the ISWI network.

8 PhD were defended in Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Morocco and Nigeria.

A Callisto spectrometer was installed by Christian Monstein in Algeria in December. The first PhD using the data of the RENOIR interferometer was defended in Morocco last November. The RENOIR was installed by Jonathan Makela of the Universtity of Illinois.

The 4th ISWI school IMAO took place In Senegal in October. It is important to recall that the ISWI Tools allow new studies in Africa and help in the scientific capacities building in Africa.

See the attached pdf:  link to document

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[6] AGS Newsletter- Vol.3 No.01, 22 January 2020








7. POEM OF THE MONTH: “A Brave and Startling Truth” by Maya Angelou
(April 4, 1928–May 28, 2014)

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[7] The COSPAR Capacity Building Workshop on Coronal and Interplanetary Shocks

The COSPAR Capacity-Building Workshop on “Coronal and Interplanetary Shocks: Analysis of Data from Space and Ground-based Instruments” was held recently at the Kodaikanal Solar Observatory, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Kodaikanal, India during January 6÷17, 2020

The Kodiakanal Solar Observatory has been operating for more than a century and the data have resulted in important discoveries. Thirty-four students from 5 countries and 16 lecturers from 4 countries participated in the workshop . . . . … …

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(1) Faculty Opening; at National Central University, Taiwan  link to document 269KB, two pages

(2) New Year Greetings from the GIRGEA Network  link to document 1 009KB, one page

(3) COSPAR Capacity Building Workshop at Kodaikanal  link to document 663KB, two pages