International Space Weather Initiative Workshop on Space Weather: Science and Applications

2 - 3 November 2021, online

jointly organized by
the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and
the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre of the Indian Space Research Organization, India


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The International Space Weather Initiative (ISWI), established in 2009, has its roots in the successful International Heliophysical Year 2007 ( A/64/20, para.155). The programme of the Initiative has proved to provide a framework for collaboration among teams of scientists, serving as an example of remarkable international work in instrument operation, data collection and analysis, and the publication of scientific results. The Initiative has established a platform for a bottom-up approach in order to produce space weather-literate communities, particularly, in developing countries, work together as a network for sharing ideas, information and data, and develop joint projects.

The activities of the Initiative are aimed at facilitating collaboration among research scientists in locations of scientific interest and promoting researches in countries with expertise in building scientific instrumentation. Developing and merging scientific insights helps in understanding the science behind, as well in adding new knowledge on space weather phenomena near Earth and interplanetary space.

Regarding the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the workshop will contribute to:

  • SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure: In the area of protecting infrastructure from space weather- Efforts on the ground can include damage and disruption to power distribution networks, increased pipeline corrosion, and degradation of radio communications; and
  • SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals: International coordination of operational space weather services, including monitoring, forecasting, and awareness-raising, with the overall goal of protecting life, property and critical infrastructure.

Topics to be discussed:

  • Sun, Solar Wind and Extreme Solar Eruptions
  • Space Weather - Sources, Consequences, Observations and Modeling
  • Space Weather Impacts on Magnetosphere - Thermosphere - Ionosphere System
  • Space Weather Instrumentation, Data, Outreach and Education


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