As society becomes increasingly dependent on space-based systems, it is vital to understand how space weather, caused by solar variability, could affect, among other things, space systems and human space flight, electric power transmission, high-frequency radiocommunications, global navigation satellite system (GNSS) signals, as well as the well-being of passengers in high altitude aircraft.
Severe magnetic storms resulting from coronal mass ejections are causes of failures of many geostationary orbit communication satellites, radio blackouts and power outages on Earth. The ability to predict space weather accurately could assist in preventing or minimizing impacts of severe magnetic storms on space-based services and systems and on ground power systems.
International cooperation in research and development activities in the field of solar-terrestrial physics is important to all nations, in particular developing nations, owing to the high cost of such activities and the increasing involvement of all nations in the use of outer space for peaceful purposes.
The International Space Weather Initiative (ISWI) is a programme of international cooperation to advance space weather science by a combination of instrument deployment, analysis of space weather data from these instruments in conjunction with other data and communication of such results. The Workshop will focus on new research results and findings; and encourage greater cooperation in developing partnerships and ISWI networks. For details see the Workshop webpage, the ICTP website and the Workshop Poster
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