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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.
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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