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LOFAR for Space Weather

LOFAR for Space Weather

Objective

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.

Coordinator

STICHTING NEDERLANDSE WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK INSTITUTEN

Address

Van Vollenhovenlaan 659
3527 Jp Utrecht

Netherlands

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 942 500

STICHTING ASTRON, NETHERLANDS INSTITUTE FOR RADIO ASTRONOMY

Address

Oude Hoogeveensedijk 4
7991pd Dwingeloo

Netherlands

Activity type

Research Organisations

Participants (8)

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UNIVERSITAET BIELEFELD

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 260 000

Centrum Badan Kosmicznych

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 265 000

STICHTING INTERNATIONAL LOFAR TELESCOPE

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 68 750

OBSERVATOIRE DE PARIS

France

EU Contribution

€ 591 250

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 162 500

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL

United Kingdom

UNITED KINGDOM RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 483 750

THE PROVOST, FELLOWS, FOUNDATION SCHOLARS & THE OTHER MEMBERS OF BOARD OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY & UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 225 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 777442

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 December 2017

  • End date

    31 May 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.4.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 998 750

  • EU contribution

    € 2 998 750

Coordinated by:

STICHTING NEDERLANDSE WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK INSTITUTEN

Netherlands