TThe LOFAR for Space Weather (LOFAR4SW) design proposal will deliver the full conceptual and technical design for creating a new leading-edge European research facility for space weather science.
Space weather research is prominent in international research programmes (e.g., H2020, ESA, WMO, COSPAR), because of its high societal relevance: vital infrastructures depend on technology that is vulnerable to the impact of space weather events, particularly geomagnetic storms related to solar outbursts. The implemented LOFAR4SW facility will enable high-impact solar and space weather research, and will uniquely provide the missing link of global measurements of the interplanetary magnetic field – a key parameter in forecasting the severity of geomagnetic storms.
The LOFAR4SW design project maximally leverages the infrastructure and technology of LOFAR; now the world’s foremost low frequency radio astronomy telescope and a widely recognised enabler of innovation. Designing a significant upgrade in hardware, algorithms, and software will allow to create, at a fraction of the cost of building a new facility, a large scale cutting-edge research facility providing simultaneous independent access to both the radio astronomy and the space weather research communities.
For the LOFAR4SW systems design approach, the consortium has a powerful combination of partners, with clear, focused work packages that engage science experts motivated by the physical research challenges and with up-to-date knowledge of the data analysis methods, and link these to engineers intimately familiar with LOFAR and highly experienced in low frequency and data-intensive processing techniques. Emphasis will also be placed on Dissemination of designed data analysis methods to prepare prospective users, on Governance development with stakeholders and policy makers to ensure a support base for a smooth evolution of the LOFAR facility, and on Outreach to promote wider public awareness of space weather issues.
Field of science
- /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/data analysis
- /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/observational astronomy/radio astronomy
- /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software
- /social sciences/sociology/governance
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Funding SchemeRIA - Research and Innovation action
7991 PD Dwingeloo
SN2 1FL Swindon