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Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorology


2017 Space Weather Enterprise Forum
June 27, 2017

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Session 1: 0830-0930 EDT
Title: Welcome to SWEF 2017
Description: The National Space Weather Partnership welcomes you to the 2017 the Space Weather Enterprise Forum (SWEF) at the National Transportation Safety Board Conference Center at L’Enfant Plaza, Washington, DC. This forum, now celebrating its entry into a second decade, is a continuation of the successful efforts initiated in 2007 to raise awareness of space weather impacts on our society and technical infrastructure. This Opening session includes remarks from Congressional and Senior Administration officials recognizing the importance of supporting science development and space weather services and a hearty welcome from our sponsors.

Session 2: 0945 -1100 EDT
Title: Space Weather Impacts, Preparation, and Mitigation
Description: The Nation faces many uncertainties from increasing reliance on space weather-affected technologies for communications, navigation, security, electrical power generation and distribution, and other activities. This session will focus on the impacts of space weather that occur frequently but are absorbed by the technological infrastructure and seldom noticed by the public. The Department of Homeland Security will lead the panel discussion focusing preparation and mitigation of potential space weather impacts.

Session 3: 1115 -1230 EDT
Title: Space Weather Services, Science and Supporting Infrastructure.
Description: In order to address the challenges of severe and common-place space weather impacts, the Federal government, industry, and academic sectors have worked together to understand the causes of space weather, monitor and predict its severity, and provide useful services to a broad user community. This session will present a panel of experts to the address heliophysics science, the range of government and commercial observing assets and space weather services. The presentations will conclude with a moderator-led panel discussion and audience questions and comments.

Session 4: 1400 - 1515 EDT
Title: National Space Weather Action Plan Update
Description: In November 2014, as Chair of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), and on behalf of the President of the United States, chartered the interagency Space Weather Operations, Research, and Mitigation (SWORM) Task Force (later Subcommittee). The Task Force developed a National Space Weather Strategy (NSWS) that articulated high-level strategic goals for enhancing our Nation’s preparedness for severe space weather events and the National Space Weather Action Plan (NSWAP) to implement direction from the strategy. SWORM Subcommittee members will provide an updates on progress being made to address NSWAP actions, status of legislation regarding space weather impacts, and efforts to engage foreign and international organizations to address the Space Weather Global Challenge.

Session 5: 1530 - 1645 EDT
Title: The National Space Weather Partnership
Description: The final session of the afternoon prior to the forum wrap-up discusses the newly-formed National Space Weather Partnership (NSWP) which replaces the internal Government-only National Space Weather Program. Following the establishment of the Space Weather Operations, Research, and Mitigation Subcommittee under the National Science and Technology Council within the Executive Office of the President Office of Science and Technology, the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorological Services and Supporting Research deactivated the National Space Weather Program Council and established the National Space Weather Partnership. The partnership replaces the Council with a public forum to support the “all-of-community” approach espoused in the National Space Weather Strategy, Space Weather Action Plan, and Executive Order 13744. This session will explore existing and potential avenues of cooperation between industry, academia, and government to advance space weather science, improve services and enable better preparedness and mitigation efforts within the nation.

Session 6: 1645 - 1700 EDT
Title: Summary and Wrap-up
Description: The forum ends with a summary of events and key takeaway items followed by closing remarks.