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Advanced Forecast For Ensuring Communications Through Space

Objective

In this call the EU supports activities strengthening space foundations reducing the vulnerability of space assets from space weather events. Solar activity affects the entire Earth environment from the magnetosphere down to the ionosphere and even to the lower atmosphere climate system. The natural hazards of space weather do not only modify the atmosphere but also can catastrophically disrupt the operations of many technological systems, thus causing disruption to people's lives and jobs. The AFFECTS collaborative project uniquely addresses these key topics through state of the art analysis and modeling of the Sun-Earth Chain of Effects on the Earth's ionosphere and their subsequent impacts on communication systems. Multipoint space observations enable world-leading experts at the highest level of interdisciplinary excellence to forecast the relevant space weather effects on the ionosphere quantitatively. The unique set of measurements from satellites in different orbits is complemented by dedicated ground-based monitoring of auroral electrojet and ionospheric activity. The AFFECTS team consists of key European space weather research teams and the US Space Weather Prediction Center of NOAA. To date no dedicated space weather forecast system for ionospheric applications exists in an operational manner, and thus this project would lead to an entirely new capability in Europe that is not only important for society but also does not exist elsewhere. AFFECTS is an unprecedented project which in time of the expected next solar maximum around 2012 will provide advanced prediction, assessment and early warning capabilities of disruptive space weather events that are expected to be particularly poignant to society and thereby meets the needs of Europe’s community of users. AFFECTS will provide Europe with the first advanced early warning and space weather forecast system to help European citizens mitigating the impact on its communication systems.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/physical geography/natural disaster

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2010-1
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAT GOTTINGEN STIFTUNG OFFENTLICHEN RECHTS
Address
Wilhelmsplatz 1
37073 Gottingen
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 616 500
Administrative Contact
Hiltraud Casper-Hehne (Prof.)

Participants (6)

KONINKLIJKE STERRENWACHT VAN BELGIE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 394 616
Address
Avenue Circulaire 3
1180 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
David Berghmans (Dr.)
SPACE RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF UKRAINE AND THE NATIONAL SPACE AGENCY OF UKRAINE
Ukraine
EU contribution
€ 150 000
Address
Glushkov Prospekt 40 Build 4 1
03680 Kyiv
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Aleksei Parnowski (Dr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 177 518
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maximilian Steiert (Mr.)
UNIVERSITETET I TROMSOE - NORGES ARKTISKE UNIVERSITET
Norway
EU contribution
€ 238 800
Address
Hansine Hansens Veg 14
9019 Tromso
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Angelique Prick (Dr.)
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 399 959
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Doris Hiepe (Ms.)
AIRBUS DS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 22 500
Address
Robert Koch Strasse 1
82024 Taufkirchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Axel Wagner