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Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorology

 

Space weather enterprise forum 2017

Motivation

In the past few years we have seen substantial progress in our understanding of the potential impacts of space weather to the technological infrastructure that underpins modern society. National policy decisions regarding our capabilities to prepare for and respond to space weather impacts have established a solid foundation to prepare for inevitable space weather events in the future. The peak of the most recent solar maximum provided clear evidence of the potential disastrous effects that can result from severe space weather.

The Forum

The Space Weather Enterprise Forum brings together the space weather community to share information and ideas among policymakers, senior government leaders, researchers, service- provider agencies, private-sector service providers, space weather information users, media, and legislators and staff from Capitol Hill to raise awareness of space weather and its effects on society. This year, we will continue this outreach but will sharpen the focus on critical infrastructure protection, with the necessary underpinnings of research, improved products and services, and applications to serve a broad and growing user community. Our ultimate goal is to improve the Nation’s ability to prepare for, avoid, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the potentially devastating impacts of space weather events on our health, economy, and national security

Forum Objectives

  1. Explain how space weather science and infrastructure benefits the public
  2. Discuss vulnerabilities of our technological infrastructure to space weather impacts
  3. Report on the status of the National Space Weather Strategy, Action Plan, and Executive order to improve national space weather capabilities
  4. Examine roles and partnership opportunities between the government, commercial, and academic stakeholders

Who Should Attend

  • Users, operators, and developers of spacecraft, satellite communications, and high frequency radio and radar communications systems.
  • Users, operators, and developers of global positioning systems and applications.
  • Users, operators, and developers of the electric power generation system and distribution grid.
  • Aircrews, operators, and aircraft design engineers for high-altitude and trans-polar aviation.
  • Human spaceflight managers, astronauts, planners, and engineers including suborbital space tourism activities.
  • Academic, private sector, and government space weather researchers.
  • Commercial space weather data and service providers.
  • Government space weather data and service providers.
  • Policymakers and analysts in the areas of space, energy, aviation, communications, and national security.
  • Congressional members and staff
  • Staff of the Executive Office of the President

Related Links

The Space Weather Prediction Center: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/

About Space Weather: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/about-space-weather