Topical Issue
Flares, coronal mass ejections and solar energetic particles and their space weather impacts

Deadline 31 May 2017

Flares, Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) and their interplanetary counterparts (ICMEs) remain topics of important research in the field of solar-terrestrial relations. Flares can have an important impact (UV radiation, particles) on the Earth's atmosphere. Recent remote observations and modeling studies have shown that coronal mass ejections (CMEs) can drive shock waves very low in the solar corona, which, in turn, may produce significant fluxes of solar energetic particles (SEPs). Interplanetary Coronal Mass Ejections (ICMEs) are the main drivers of large geomagnetic storms.

In this topical issue, we invite observational, theoretical, and modeling contributions that address the following topics:

  • particle acceleration at flares as well as the response of the lower ionosphere to a variety of external forcing during flares, such as energetic particles and solar UV and X-ray variability,
  • the coronal dynamics of CME and shocks in connection with the early production of SEPs
  • the magnetic connectivity and early-stage transport in the heliosphere of SEPs
  • the propagation of coronal mass ejections in the heliosphere, their interaction with Earth and/or with other planets,
  • the link between CMEs and ICMEs, the relation of coronal mass ejections with energetic particles.

This Topical Issue is seen as an outcome of the session on a similar topic organized at the 13th European Space Weather Week in Ostende but is open to any contributions on the subject.

All manuscripts will be peer reviewed according to the quality standards of international scientific journals. The type of contributions must fit the style of SWSC. All manuscripts should contain enough new insight, present the results against a properly referenced background of existing work, and present adequate evidence that supports the conclusions. Accepted papers are published in electronic format only, and are freely available to everyone via the SWSC web site. SWSC offers the possibility to include electronic material, such as animations, movies, codes and data.

The Topical Editors-in-Chief are:

  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , LESIA, Paris Observatory
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , IAASARS, National Observatory of Athens

For questions regarding this topical issue, please contact any of them. For questions concerning the submission process the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. should be contacted.