Space Weather Enterprise Forum 2012
Solar Maximum 2013 - How Space Weather Will Affect You!
National Press Club
June 5, 2012
As we approach the next peak of solar activity expected in 2013, our Nation faces multiplying uncertainties from increasing reliance on space weather-affected technologies for communications, navigation, security, and other activities, many of which underpin our national infrastructure and economy. We also face increasing exposure to space weather-driven human health risks as trans-polar flights and space activities, including space tourism and space commercialization, increase.
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.
- Describe space weather, why it matters, and its potential impacts.
- Discuss critical infrastructure protection, mitigation, and response.
- Describe the Unified National Space Weather Capability (UNSWC), and highlight the improvements this interagency initiative has fostered.
- Describe how space weather science benefits the public.
- Improve public understanding of and access to space weather services.
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
The forum is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis but a registration fee of $50 is required for all attendees. Register online by clicking on the Registration link on this page.
The National Space Weather Program Council is organizing the 2012 SWEF through the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorological Services and Supporting Research (OFCM), and we would especially like to thank the National Science Foundation for providing the financial support for this year’s forum. Please click on the “National Space Weather Program” link for more information on the program, the Council, the Committee for Space Weather, the OFCM, and the participating agencies.