International Space Weather Initiative (ISWI)

The International Space Weather Initiative (ISWI) of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space was launched in 2009 and formally concluded as an agenda item of the Committee in 2012. However, ISWI activities continued and since 2013 are discussed under the new permanent agenda item on Space Weather in the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the Committee.

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ISWI is a program of international cooperation to advance the space weather science by a combination of instrument deployment, analysis and interpretation of space weather data from the deployed instruments in conjunction with space data, and communicate the results to the public and students. ISWI is a follow-up activity to the successful IHY 2007, but focusing exclusively on space weather.

The goal of the ISWI is to develop the scientific insight necessary to understand the science, and to reconstruct and forecast near-Earth space weather. This includes instrumentation, data analysis, modeling, education, training, and public outreach.

ISWI Workshops

The year 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the International Heliophysical Year, which led to the genesis of the International Space Weather Initiative. The United Nations/United States of America Workshop on the International Space Weather Initiative: The Decade after the IHY 2007 aims to highlight achievements made over the past ten years and to show-case the worldwide development of science, capacity-building, and outreach.

Additional Resources

ISWI Website

The ISWI Secretariat Website is maintained by the Solar-Terrestrial Influences Laboratory, Sofia, Bulgaria.


The International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG) promotes a series of follow-up activities given the continued interest on Space Weather and GNSS.

ISWI Newsletter

The ISWI Newsletter is maintained by the International Center for Space Weather Science and Education of Kyushu University (ICSWSE).

All back issues of the ISWI Newsletter are archived at the aforementioned ISWI Website (of Sofia, Bulgaria). The newsletter started in 2009 and over 100 issues come out annually. Material for publication (anything related to space weather) is always welcomed by the editor of the ISWI Newsletter.

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