11th Conference on Space Weather

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 – Sessions 8 & 9

The Sun-Earth Connection:  Ignore it at your peril!

Location:  Room C110 – The Georgia World Congress Center

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A hundred years ago, the Sun-Earth connection was of interest to only a small number of scientists. Solar activity had little effect on daily life. Today, a single strong solar flare could bring civilization to its knees. Modern society has come to depend on technologies sensitive to solar radiation and geomagnetic storms. Particularly vulnerable are intercontinental power grids, satellite operations and communications, and GPS navigation. These technologies are woven into the fabric of daily life, from health care and finance to basic utilities. Thus, it has never been more important for scientists studying Earth systems to collaborate with space scientists to understand the entire Sun–Earth connection. Both short- and long-term forecasting models are urgently needed to mitigate the effects of solar storms and to anticipate their collective impact on aviation, astronaut safety terrestrial climate and others. Even during a relatively weak solar maximum, the potential consequences that such events can have on society are too important to ignore.

The session culminates with a lunch-time Town Hall Meeting. Complimentary box lunches will be provided by VSP to the first 100 participants at the Town Hall.

8:25 AM

Opening Remarks
Chair:  Madhulika Guhathakurta, NASA

8:30 - 9:00 AM

Storms from the Sun: Tracking the Weather that Targets Societys Electrical Side

Speaker: Karel Schrijver, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center

9:00 - 9:30 AM

Space Weather Services for an Evolving Customer Base

Speaker: Robert Rutledge, NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center


9:30 - 9:45 AM

Energetic Particles, Ionizing Radiation Effects, and Impacts to Human and Robotic Spaceflight

Speaker: Harlan Spence, University of New Hampshire


9:45 - 10:00 AM

Space Weather Impacts to the Power Grid

Speaker:  Randy Horton, Southern Company Services


10:00-10:30 AM



10:30 - 11:00 AM

Solar Fingerpriunts in Climate: A Possible Pacemaker for Improving Tools for Regional Prediction?

Speaker: Casper Ammann, NCAR Research Applications Laboratory

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Panel on Space Weather Services for Aviation – Now and in the Future

Moderator: William J. Murtagh, NOAA/NWS/Space Weather Prediction

Panelists: Christopher J. Mertens, NASA Langley Research Center; Steven Albersheim, FAA; Bob Maxson, NOAA/NWS/Aviation Weather Center; Thomas H. Fahey III, Delta Air Lines; Bryn Jones, SolarMetrics Limited

Town Hall Meeting

*** Complimentary box lunches will be provided by VSP to the first 100 participants at the Town Hall ***


Location:  Room C204 - The Georgia World Congress Center

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Science with a Vengeance (box lunches sponsored by UCAR)
Speaker: Dr. David DeVorkin, Senior Curator, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Who were the first space scientists in the United States? Names like James Van Allen, Herb Friedman, Richard Tousey, Homer Newell and William Rense are those we think of when we think back to the first scientists who designed and built devices to sense the nature of the Earth's high atmosphere and explore the nature of solar radiation beyond the atmospheric cutoff. They used vehicles like captured German V-2 missiles, the Navy's Viking and then Aerobee sounding rockets to make these observations. Here we look back at who these people were, why they chose such difficult challenges, and why none of them were established physicists or astronomers who had disciplinary training that stimulated the questions they wanted to answer with these instruments.

The Living With a Star program of the Heliophysics Pision in NASA’s Science Mission Directorate
sponsors the Summer Schools.