ISWI Newsletter - Vol.12 No.10
18 July 2020

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[1] 10 years birthday Ooty solar radio burst. (read it)

[2] Why is Project HAARP so controversial? (read it)

[3] Space Weather Nigerian Communication Network Newsletter (SwNICONET) Vol 2 Iss 5, June, 2020 (read it)

[4] Space Weather and Coronal Mass Ejection | Maire Goreman |TEDxAberystwyth (read it)

[5] AGS Newsletter- Vol.3 No.06, July 2020 (read it)

[6] THE ECONOMIST discusses catastrophic risks to humanity ...… including risks associated with our Sun (read it)

[7] Final call: Topical Issue "Geomagnetic Storms and Substorm: a Geomagnetically Induced Current perspective", deadline 31 Oct 2020 (read it)

[1] 10 years birthday Ooty solar radio burst

Dear All:

I just forgot, yesterday we may have celebrated 10 years CALLISTO Ooty with a nice type II burst, see main-web-page here:

This burst was many times used during workshops in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Algeria and some other countries. Ooty was one of the first stations where Callisto was installed in view of IHY2007. At that time it was even a prototype spectrometer.

I hope we can get nice data for at least another 10 years.

Thank you all for your cooperation

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[2] Why is Project HAARP so controversial?

There seems to be several YouTube videos about HAARP. This is a reasonable one:

Why is Project HAARP so controversial?

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[3] Space Weather Nigerian Communication Network Newsletter (SwNICONET) Vol 2 Iss 5, June, 2020

In this Issue

i. Editorial


iii. 2020 international space weather and space climate medals

iv. CCMC Ionosphere Scientist Position

v. 2nd SCOSTEP/PRESTO Online Seminar

vi. International Scientific Conference of Communications, Information, Electronic and Energy Systems- CIEES 2020

This edition and the previous edition can be viewed via this link

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[4] Space Weather and Coronal Mass Ejection | Maire Goreman |TEDxAberystwyth

Dr Maire Goreman talks about the 1859 Carrington event and the science behind how we might predict the next similar event.

In 2012 the Earth missed a similar event by 9 days which had the potential to take out power and telecomuunications infrastructure. Recovery would have taken 4 years and trillions of dollars.

Dr Maire Gorman is an associate Lecturer in the physics department where she specialises in teaching planetary and atmospheric physics. Her research focuses on calculating the wavelengths of light emitted by different molecules which are of interest in various astronomical settings such as exoplanets, stars, "failed" stars and the Inter-stellar Medium. Maire was born in Aberdeen and moved to Aberystwyth in January 2016. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Look at the video [7-min. video, Dec 18, 2018 ]

Send by George Maeda

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[5] AGS Newsletter- Vol.3 No.06, July 2020




3. APPLY FOR THE 2ND SCOSTEP/PRESTO ONLINE SEMINAR (by Prof. Ilya Usoskin, July 20, 2020, 12-13 UT)



View original of this email

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[6] THE ECONOMIST discusses catastrophic risks to humanity ...
… including risks associated with our Sun

For full details see  link to document

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[7] Final call: Topical Issue deadline 31 Oct 2020

Dear all,

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 Liége, 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:* 31 October 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 (mirko.piersanti[at],
INFN - University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Rome, Italy
Ciaran D. Beggan (ciar[at],
British Geological Survey, Edinburgh, UK
Andrew Dimmok (andrew.dimmock[at], : Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Uppsala, Sweden Roberta Tozzi (roberta.tozzi[at], : 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 (jswsc[at] should be contacted.

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