Topical Issue
Measurement, Specification and Forecasting of the Solar Energetic Particle Environment and GLEs

Deadline 15 June 2017

The Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate (SWSC) plans a topical issue on “Measurement, Specification and Forecasting of the Solar Energetic Particle (SEP) Environment” to appear in 2017. SEPs arrive in bursts known as Solar Particle Events (SPEs) which are penetrate into the Earth’s magnetosphere to an extent depending on the magnetic rigidity of the particle. SPEs with significantly large high energy components induce an atmospheric cascade leading to an enhancement of count rate of ground-based detectors, specifically neutron monitors (NMs). This special class of SEP events, known as Ground-Level Enhancements (GLEs). Characterisation of the SEP environment and its effects is important for several industry sectors including civil aviation, human space flight, satellite design and operations.

This issue is an output of sessions at the 13th European Space Weather Week which brought space weather scientists, service developers and end users together to address space weather impact and recent developments.

Authors of oral and poster presentations given at ESWW13 are hereby encouraged to submit manuscripts. However, this topical Issue is open to all contributors and not limited to ESWW13 participants.

This topical issue invites contributions on the following broad topics:

  • Measurement and processing of SEP and NM data
  • Models relevant to the specification of the SEP environment
  • Models and tools for forecasting SPEs and predicting fluxes throughout the heliosphere
  • Tools for calculating the propagation of SEPs and generation of secondaries through magnetic, physical and atmospheric shielding
  • Modelling and nowcasting of aircrew dose exposure during SEP events and GLEs.

An assessment of the impact of SEP fluxes based on model outputs in terms of deposited doses in electronic components and humans and the implications of such dose levels are strongly encouraged. Also encouraged are publications describing the contribution of data and models towards development of space weather applications.

Manuscripts must be submitted via the SWSC online submission tool.

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.

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