COSPAR ISWAT Inaugural Working Meeting – Save the Date Announcement – 10-14 February 2020September 17, 2019, from Mario M. Bisi
The inaugural working meeting of the COSPAR International Space Weather Action Teams (ISWAT) will be held 10-14 February 2020 at the Radisson Resort, Port Canaveral, Florida, USA. Information about the ISWAT initiative is available at: https://iswat-cospar.org/. This meeting also comes inside the current launch window of the Solar Orbiter spacecraft from nearby Cape Canaveral.
ISWAT consists of Teams that focus on a variety of key problems and topics in space weather research and forecasting. The Teams are organised into Clusters (by domain, phenomena, impact, or overarching activities), to facilitate collaboration and ensure complementarity. On the website you can register a new Team (and in the near future, request to join existing teams). Team registration is open to all established and newly-formed teams focused on different aspects of space weather.
The COSPAR ISWAT initiative is built upon its precursor – the International Forum on Space Weather Capabilities Assessment (https://ccmc.gsfc.nasa.gov/assessment/) initiated during the 2017 International CCMC – LWS Working Meeting: “Assessing Space Weather Understanding and Applications” (https://ccmc.gsfc.nasa.gov/CCMC-LWS_Meeting/). The progress of Forum working teams is highlighted in the AGU Space Weather Journal special issue: https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/toc/10.1002/(ISSN)1542-7390.SW_CASS. Active Forum Teams are anticipated to register into ISWAT and to participate in the February 2020 ISWAT Meeting. Success of the working meeting and the ISWAT initiative depends on active involvement of team leads, cluster moderators, and participants in meeting preparation and all follow-on activities.
The 10-14 February 2020 ISWAT meeting ( https://www.iswat-cospar.org/wm2020 ) will:
Allow Teams and Clusters to meet to establish their respective goals and plans;
Consolidate existing Teams, foster new Teams, and form a platform for the overarching activities and for the Teams to work together within and across Clusters;
Facilitate establishment of multi-disciplinary space weather community by bringing together experts in space weather phenomena and space environment impacts, model and application developers, data providers and forecasters.
Allow us to understand the needs of the user communities and space weather impacts, and to set targets for scientists and Teams to address;
Allow us to understand and assess constituent data and models;
Expand on-going community-wide research projects and jump-start new campaigns;
Set the stage for ISWAT’s future, understand how Teams and Clusters must interact in order to achieve long-term objectives; and
Develop approach to updating the COSPAR global space weather roadmap into a living document.
Registration information will be posted on the website by early October 2019 at the latest, followed by a preliminary schedule by the end of October 2019. We envisage around 100-150 participants and have 10 breakout rooms available at the venue. Everyone is welcome to join ISWAT and to attend the meeting – and to come to the meeting with a view to joining one or more existing Teams if you haven’t already done so in advance.