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Space weather refers to conditions on the Sun and in the space environment that can influence the performance and reliability of space-borne and ground-based technological systems, and can endanger human life or health.

image illustrating space weather/solar storm effects on technological infrastructure such as pipelines, GPS, communication systems, space station, power grid, satellites, and air transporation as well as other planets in hte solar systemThe National Space Weather Program (NSWP) is an interagency initiative to speed improvement of space weather services. It emerged in 1994 from the efforts of several U.S. government agencies to prepare the country to deal with technological vulnerabilities associated with the space environment. The overarching goal of the NSWP is to achieve an active, synergistic, interagency system to provide timely, accurate, and reliable space weather warnings, observations, specifications, and forecasts. It will build on existing capabilities and establish an aggressive, coordinated process to set national priorities, focus agency efforts, and leverage resources. The Program includes contributions from the user community, operational forecasters, researchers, modelers, and experts in instruments, communications, and data processing and analysis. It is a partnership between academia, industry, and government. The vehicle to implement and manage the Program is the National Space Weather Program Council (NSWPC) within the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorology under guidance of the Federal Committee for Meteorological Services and Supporting Research (FCMSSR). The Council, which consists of representatives from Federal agencies involved in space weather activities, provides oversight and policy guidance to ensure common needs are met and the interests of each agency are addressed. Under guidance of the NSWPC, the Committee for Space Weather (CSW) is the principal agent for advancing the goals of the program.


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