J. Space Weather Space Clim.
Volume 11, 2021
Topical Issue - 10 years of JSWSC
|Number of page(s)||12|
|Published online||26 March 2021|
Agora – Strategic or programmatic article
Quo vadis, European Space Weather community?
Institut de Planétologie et d’Astrophysique de Grenoble, CNRS – UGA, BP 53, 38041 Grenoble cedex 9, France
2 Hvar Observatory, Faculty of Geodesy, University of Zagreb, Kačićeva 26, HR-10000 Zagreb, Croatia
3 Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Via di Vigna Murata 605, 00143, Italy
4 National Observatory of Athens, Institute of Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing (IAASARS), Ionospheric Group Metaxa and Vas. Pavlou, 15236 Palaia Penteli, Greece
5 STCE, Royal Observatory of Belgium, Ringlaan 3, B-1180 Brussels, Belgium
6 Centre for mathematical Plasma Astrophysics/Department of Mathematics, KU Leuven, Celestijnenlaan 200 B, 3001 Leuven, Belgium
7 Institute of Physics, University of M. Curie-Skłodowska, Pl. M. Curie-Skłodowskiej 1, 20-031 Lublin, Poland
8 Univ Coimbra, CITEUC – Center for Earth and Space Research of the University of Coimbra, Geophysical and Astronomical Observatory, 3040-004 Coimbra, Portugal
9 RAL Space, United Kingdom Research and Innovation – Science & Technology Facilities Council – Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire OX11 0QX, UK
10 Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy, Avenue Circulaire 3, B-1180 Brussels, Belgium
11 University of Alcala, Plaza San Diego s/n 28801, Alcalà de Henares, Madrid, Spain
12 Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 4, Yliopistonkatu 3, 00014, Finland
13 Department of Astronomy, Eötvös Loránd University, Pázmány P. sétány 1/A, Budapest H-1117, Hungary
14 Department of Physics, Aberystwyth University, Ceredigion, Cymru SY23 3BZ, UK
15 LDE3, DAp/AIM, CEA Saclay, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette, France
16 Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, CNRS, UPS, CNES, 9 Ave. du Colonel Roche, 31028 Toulouse, France
17 Insitute of Physics, University of Graz, Universitätsplatz 5, 8010 Graz, Austria
18 Institute of Atmospheric Physics CAS, Bocni II 1401, Prague 141 31, Czech Republic
19 Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia “Ettore Majorana”, Sezione Astrofisica, Università di Catania, Piazza Università, 2, 95131 Catania, Italy
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 28 February 2021
This paper was written by a group of European researchers believing that now is the right time to frame the Space Weather and Space Climate discipline in Europe for future years. It is devoted to openly discussing the organisation and sustainability of the European Space Weather community and its assets in the (near) future. More specifically, we suggest that the European Space Weather community lacks a uniting organisation to help the community to sustain and develop the successful efforts made thus far. Our aim is not to draw a complete and exhaustive panorama of Space Weather throughout the world, nor even throughout Europe. It is not a new white paper on the science and applications: there exist many (e.g. Tsurutani et al., 2020 Nonlinear Processes Geophys 27(1): 75–119); nor another roadmap: several important have been published recently (e.g. Schrijver et al., 2015. Adv Space Res 55(12): 2745–2807; Opgenoorth et al., 2019. J Space Weather Space Clim 9: A37). Our aim is to question our practices and organisation in front of several changes that have occurred in the recent years and to set the ground to provide coordinated answers to these questions being posed in Europe, and to make these answers discussed throughout the world.
This group was assembled first through a series of sessions devoted to the sustainability of Space Weather research during the European Space Weather Week (ESWW) series of meetings, specifically: ESWW 14 (2017), ESWW 15 (2018), and ESWW 16 (2019). It then grew from discussions and personal contacts. The authors do not pretend to identify the full range of opinions in Europe, although they do come from 13 different European countries with a large span of ages (around half are below the age of 40 years old at the time of writing) with a good gender balance ending with a diverse mix of young and motivated scientists and senior people who have played a role in shaping the Space Weather community in Europe. The questions and the propositions to organise Space Weather in Europe in the future result from their discussions through these meetings and through remote meetings during the pandemic. We wish to share them with all those who consider themselves as members of the European Space Weather community and/or are interested in its future and to propose actions. We do this, bearing in mind that Europe plays a key international role in Space Weather which extends beyond the ESA and EU/EC geographic area.
Key words: Space Weather / programmatics / Europe
© J. Lilensten et al., Published by EDP Sciences 2021
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