J. Space Weather Space Clim.
Volume 9, 2019
|Number of page(s)||9|
|Published online||10 September 2019|
Agora – Meeting report
Summary of the plenary sessions at European Space Weather Week 15: space weather users and service providers working together now and in the future
Met Office, Exeter, EX1 3QS, UK
2 School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland
3 School of Cosmic Physics, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, Dublin, D02 XF86, Ireland
4 Universidad de Alcalá, 28801 Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain
5 European Space Operations Centre, European Space Agency, 64293 Darmstadt, Germany
* Corresponding author: email@example.com
Accepted: 12 August 2019
During European Space Weather Week 15 two plenary sessions were held to review the status of operational space weather forecasting. The first session addressed the topic of working with space weather service providers now and in the future, the user perspective. The second session provided the service perspective, addressing experiences in forecasting development and operations. Presentations in both sessions provided an overview of international efforts on these topics, and panel discussion topics arising in the first session were used as a basis for panel discussion in the second session. Discussion topics included experiences during the September 2017 space weather events, cross domain impacts, timeliness of notifications, and provision of effective user education. Users highlighted that a severe space weather event did not necessarily lead to severe impacts for each individual user across the different sectors. Service providers were generally confident that timely and reliable information could be provided during severe and extreme events, although stressed that more research and funding were required in this relatively new field of operational space weather forecasting, to ensure continuation of capabilities and further development of services, in particular improved forecasting targeting user needs. Here a summary of the sessions is provided followed by a commentary on the current state-of-the-art and potential next steps towards improvement of services.
Key words: space weather / services / extreme events / societal effects / surface
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