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

Session 9 - Satellite observations of the thermosphere-ionosphere contributing to Space Weather products and forecasting capabilities

Guram Kervalishvili (GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences), Eelco Doornbos (TU Delft)
Wednesday 7/11, 11:15-12:45

The session aims to provide the possibility to present and discuss contributions on the use of data from Earth-orbiting satellites making measurements in the thermosphere-ionosphere, to space weather relevant products. Data from LEO satellites can help to provide a global view of space weather variability and is therefore complementary to data from ground-based observations, which have limited global coverage. A true global picture of Space Weather, in which regional effects can be put into a global context, can be obtained from the combination of space and ground assets. The AMPERE project and integration of relevant Swarm mission data into ESA’s Space Weather program are current examples of this. The availability of thermosphere and ionosphere data obtained from the GRACE and GOCE missions demonstrate that also satellites that are not dedicated to space weather or space physics can still bring valuable contributions to these fields. NASA’s ICON and GOLD missions, as well as the proposed ESA D3S initiative and various CubeSat programs, could provide similar or enhanced space weather products with new capabilities for space weather monitoring and prediction in the near-future.

We solicit contributions that introduce relevant activities, on topics ranging from data processing, data-assimilation in models and Space Weather case studies to descriptions of existing and future Space Weather products and satellite mission concepts.