Session 15 - Space environment effects on humans in Space and on Earth

Yury Gurfinkel (The Research Clinical Center of JSC "Russian Railways" Moscow Russia), Tamara Breus (Space research Institute RAS Moscow Russia), Norma B. Crosby (Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy)
Friday 18/11, 10:00-11:00
Friday 18/11, 12:00-13:00

During the last thirty years there has been steady progress in our understanding of how the changing space environment influences the state of human health both in space and at Earth. This session provides a forum for contributions related to both long-term behavior of the Sun (space climate) and short-term variations on hours to the rotation period of the Sun (space weather) induced health effects. This interdisciplinary field of research requires a wide exchange of expertise in these various topics. Space missions in low-Earth orbits like the International Space Station (ISS) are known to suffer from space weather effects. Operations outside the space station have to be planned carefully in order to prevent high particle radiation exposures due to changes in the radiation field caused by solar energetic particle (SEP) events . Human habitation in stress situations associated with weightlessness, combined with additional risks such as increased radiation inside the space station (e.g. secondary radiation), weakening of the influence of Earth's magnetic field especially on interplanetary expeditions, etc., must all be considered. Furthermore, during the last two decades several extensive studies have revealed the dependence of cardiovascular pathologies at Earth on space weather events. We invite contributions concerning studies reporting changes in the solar and near-Earth space environment, and how these changes affect the atmosphere and Earth’s climate, as well as their effects on human health. Space weather effects modeling in laboratory conditions and health related experiments in space are welcome.
1. Space Weather and Space Climate and their role in defining the Local Environment. Physical factors and their effects (e.g. solar and geomagnetic activity, interplanetary disturbances, galactic cosmic rays, climate change).

2. Space Weather and Human health on Earth. Laboratory investigations and natural observations. Combined influence of space and terrestrial weather on biological objects

3. Space Weather and Human health in Space. Human habitation in stress situations associated with weightlessness, combined with additional risks (e.g. increased radiation, weakening of the influence of Earth’s magnetic field, long duration isolation in limited space on stations etc.) Ground- based laboratory studies of very low magnetic fields (“zero fields”) and magnetic storms effects on biological objects.

Poster Viewing
Friday November 18, 10:00 - 11:00, Poster Area

Friday November 18, 12:00 - 13:00, Mercator

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Talks : Time schedule

Friday November 18, 12:00 - 13:00, Mercator
12:00A Physical Mechanism for Biological Effects of Weak Magnetic FieldsBinhi, V et al.Invited Oral
12:20The Equilibrium Paradigm-15 Years Later.Stoupel, E et al.Invited Oral
12:40Radiation dosimetry in space by means of compact passive luminescent detectorsVan hoey, O et al.Oral
12:50An automated method for the detection and classification of major solar disturbances in dynamic radio spectraSalmane, H et al.Oral


Friday November 18, 10:00 - 11:00, Poster Area
1Long-term observation of cardiovascular system parameters under variation of geomagnetic condition Sasonko, M et al.e-Poster
2Geomagnetic storm in laboratory conditionsGurfinkel, Y et al.e-Poster
3Influence of space weather on heart rate and heart rate variabilityBreus, T et al.e-Poster
4Factors of space weather and Biosphere: the dynamics in 23 - 26 cycles of solar activityBlagonravov, M et al.e-Poster
5Possible relation of the cardiac arrhythmias occurrence to the solar magnetic field polarity reversal during the solar cycle 23Mavromichalaki, H et al.p-Poster