Space Weather: the importance of observations.

Date: Wednesday 13 November 2013


Blackett Laboratory, Lecture Theatre 1, South Kensington Campus, Imperial College London, SW7 2BW.


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Most space weather occurs due to the Sun's emissions which can affect the Earth's space environment.  Modern society is ever more dependent upon ground-based and spaceborne technology which can be vulnerable to space weather.  Satellites, GPS, aviation and the electric power industry are all at risk from this & hence space weather is now included on the UK's National Risk Register.  It is important to have long-running, continuous observations for forecasting, nowcasting and for research in space weather.  This public meeting, held during the peak of the 11 year solar cycle, addresses the deficiency in continuous, long-term observations and how this might be overcome. 

This meeting is sponsored by the Grantham Institute for Climate Change, an institute of Imperial College London and the Royal Astronomical Society and is part of the Royal Meteorological Society National Meetings programme, open to all, from expert to enthusiast, for topical discussions on the latest advances in weather and climate.Non members are welcome to attend these meetings. Where seating capacity is limited, priority will be given to members.

Meeting Organiser: Dr Suzy Bingham (Met Office) and Prof Mike Hapgood (RAL Space).
Meeting Chair: Mark Gibbs, Met Office Space Weather Business Manager.
Rapporteur: Sophie Murray.


On foot: From South Kensington Station, the campus is only a five minute walk. Either follow the subway signposted to the museums or walk north up Exhibition Road. The College is next to the Science Museum.

By bus: South Kensington Campus is easily accessible by bus. A number of routes pass within easy walking distance of the campus.
Please see the selection below for more information:
• 9 Aldwych - Hammersmith Broadway, alight at the Royal Albert Hall
• 10 Kings Cross Station - Hammersmith Broadway, alight at the Royal Albert Hall
• 52 Victoria Bus Station - Willesden Bus Garage, alight at the Royal Albert Hall
• 360 Elephant and Castle Station - Prince Consort Rd, alight at Prince Consort Rd
• 14 Tottenham Court Road - Putney Heath, alight at South Kensington Station
• 49 Battersea Rise - Shepherd's Bush Grn, alight at South Kensington Station
• 70 Acton - South Kensington Station, alight at South Kensington Station
• 74 Baker Street Station - Putney, alight at South Kensington Station
• 345 Peckham Bus Station - South Kensington Station, alight at South Kensington Station
• 414 Maida Vale - Putney Bridge, alight at South Kensington Station

By car: Car parking at South Kensington Campus is severely restricted and you are advised NOT to bring a car unless permission has been given.  Parking in the streets surrounding the College is at pay and display or parking meters for limited periods only.
The postcode to use for satellite navigation to the South Kensington car park is SW7 2BX. Entry is via Exhibition Road

NOTE: Blackett Laboratory is number 6 on the campus map.








Time No. Presenting author Title
14:00 Mark Gibbs, Met Office Space Weather Business Manager. Welcome and Introduction.
14:15 Prof. Mike Hapgood, RAL Space The vital role of ground-based sensors in the monitoring of space weather.
14:45 Prof. Cathryn Mitchell, The University of Bath Space weather & GPS
15:15 Dr. Jonathan Eastwood, Imperial College London. The importance of solar wind magnetic field observations & the upcoming Sunjammer solar sail mission.
15:30 Dhiren Kataria, Mullard Space Science Laboratory. Particle measurements with the Solar Wind Analyser (SWAN) on the Sunjammer solar sail mission.
15:45 Refreshment Break
16:15 Professor Richard A Harrison MBE, Head of Space Physics Division, RAL Space. Demonstrating the power of heliospheric imaging for space weather applications: Tracking CMEs from Sun to Earth.
16:45 Mr Dave Pitchford, SES Engineering In-situ radiation & plasma monitoring on operational spacecraft.
17:15 Dr. Terry Onsager, NOAA Space Weather Prediction Centre. International opportunities & challenges for the long-term continuity of data.
17:45 Meeting Close