Space Weather Courses - SWeC

Sporadic and massive solar eruptions of very high-energy matter and radiation from the Sun can have a pronounced impact on businesses involving navigation, communication and transport of energy. In extreme cases, these eruptions pose a safety risk to human health. Periods of solar activity are generally referred to as solar storms, as part of the changing conditions in space called space weather.

Businesses possibly impacted by space weather want to learn on this natural hazard and increase their resilience. Space weather staff, like meteorologists, want to meet certain competence levels.  

The Space Weather Course (SWeC) offers a ‘Space Weather Introductory Course’ covering the Sun, solar storms, heliosphere, ionosphere, magnetosphere, instruments and methods to observe solar activity, reading and interpreting STCE space weather forecasts. This course has been given already to future space weather advisory staff, both military and civilian.

The course content is provided by the academic, forecast and engineering back office of the STCE. Based on the needs of, and in discussion with the user, the SWeC group selects the content relevant for the user. 

The introductory course can be extended with modules and/or modified tailored to the needs and business of the participants. SWeC will be adapted to the level of the participants. An end user from the aviation or telecommunication sector has other needs than a space weather forecaster in a solar research centre.

The program focusses on gaining knowledge by fact-learning and training skills by easily accessible methods like games and quizzes. It includes a visit to the beating heart of our service centre and a ‘Meet & Greet’.

SWeC has the tools to evaluate the participants and can provide an examination certificate. This service is based upon the expertise gained through scientific research, involvement in space missions and space weather monitoring, and forecasting capabilities. The courses are given by qualified staff.

SWeC offers an online archive of course material and space weather info.
The SWeC concept and further detailing is dynamical and based on User feedback.
After ‘sales’ service is possible.

 

References: 

SWeC for meteo operators, by STCE, RNAF, KNMI, May 2017
SWeC for STCE meteo operators, for civil aviation, by STCE, Dec 2017/Jan 2018
SWeC for RNAF meteo operators, by STCE, RNAF, KNMI, June 2018
SWeC for RNAF and KNMI meteo operators, by STCE, RNAF, KNMI, Nov 2018
SWeC for RNAF and KNMI meteo operators, by STCE, RNAF, KNMI, Mar 2019

 

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