Space Weather Enterprise Forum 2013
“Space Weather Impacts: They Happen All the Time”
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Auditorium and Science Center
1301 East-west Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
June 4, 2013
Over the past few years, an increase in solar activity has produced several events that have caused significant impacts to our national technological infrastructure and captured the attention of the general public. While reports of massive solar flares and the resultant potential disruptions in communications and navigational systems have generally been accurate, the overall impacts of these solar events have been overstated and sensationalized. The potential for extremely rare but potentially devastating impacts are very possible, but, fortunately, we haven’t experienced any in many decades. This year, the Space Weather Enterprise Forum will explore the space weather impacts that routinely occur but generally go unnoticed by the press and general public. Though our need to be vigilant and prepared for the high-impact, low-frequency event is critically important, we must also know how to cope with high-frequency, low-impact events that happen all the time.
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 our 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 how space weather impacts society all the time.
- Explain how space weather science and infrastructure benefits the public.
- Highlight recent space events, impacts, and mitigation efforts.
- Report on improvements to our Unified National Space Weather Capability.
- Highlight potential vulnerabilities of our technological infrastructure to space weather impacts.
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 involved with 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-serve basis but a registration fee of $25 is required for all non-federal attendees. Register online by clicking on the Registration link on this page.
The National Space Weather Program Council is organizing the 2013 SWEF through the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorological Services and Supporting Research (OFCM), and we would especially like to thank the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 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.