Fifteenth European Space Weather Week
November 5 - 9, 2018, Leuven, Belgium

Session 5 - Working with Space Weather Services, Now and in the Future

Alexi Glover (ESA), Peter Thorn (Met Office)
Tuesday 6/11, 09:00-10:30 & 11:15-12:45


This session will invite space weather service users from a broad range of domains to address both current use of space weather services and future needs. Focus will be on the period of severe space weather activity in September 2017 in terms of recent experience, with consideration given to the potential impact from a more extreme “Carrington”-like event. The presenters will be encouraged to discuss their experience in utilising space weather products and services and, where possible, any observed impacts on their operations and/or systems resulting from the September events, or other recent experience. User requirements for new or improved space weather services, will be discussed taking into account both current experience and expected evolution within the user domain in the coming years.

The two plenary sessions during ESWW15 will be linked by the theme of extreme event response to mitigate the impacts within and between user domains. Taking the – severe but not extreme – space weather events of September 2017 as a guide, the two sessions will conclude with 45min panel discussions. The panel will address key questions relating to high priority needs for actionable space weather information and consider how the events observed in 2017 might scale in the case of an extreme “Carrington”-like event, and the information that would be expected from a space weather service in these circumstances. The Tuesday session will address the user perspective on these scenarios, and the outputs of the discussion will feed into the Thursday discussion which will focus on corresponding space weather service capabilities and development needs.

Read the Sept 2017 activity summary