Impact of Space Weather on Earth COSPAR Capacity Building Workshop August 15 – 26, 2016, Paratunka, Kamchatka (Russia)

Impact of Space Weather on Earth

COSPAR Capacity Building Workshop

August 15 – 26, 2016, Paratunka, Kamchatka (Russia)

The workshop will introduce the students to system-wide investigation of space weather phenomena, bringing together different ground based and space based observation for coordinated analysis. This will include studies of magnetic, ionospheric and radiation disturbances.

Institute of Cosmophysical Research and Radio Wave Propagation of the Far Eastern Branch of Russian Academy of Science (IKIR FEB RAS) will present the methods for system analysis, GPS and low-orbit radiotomography of the ionosphere, radiosounding of the magnetosphere, lidar sounding of the ionosphere. In 2015-2016, the SuperDARN radar network is planned to be extended to the Far East of Russia. The participants will learn about the first results of these observations.

The subjects to be addressed within this workshop are consistent with the aims of the SCOSTEP VarSITI Programme (2014-2018) which encourages international collaboration in data analysis, modeling and theory in order to understand how solar variability affects the Earth.

The aims of the planned international Capacity Building Workshop (CBW) are to make the IKIR data bases available for young specialists carrying out their studies, to teach them the methods of system analysis and to broadly acquaint them with the topical issue of Space Weather and associated scientific challenges.


The International Heliophysical Year 2007 facilitated the development of ground observation systems and the coordinated investigation of space weather impacts on the Earth. As a result of international cooperation within the MAGDAS and INTERMAGNET Programmes, observation system complexes were created in the Far East during that time. Analysis of data produced by these observation systems will form a key element of the programme of study proposed.


In addition, methods for system analysis of observation data of magnetic, ionospheric and cosmic rays have been developed at IKIR, which may prove valuable insight into the investigation of the impacts of Space Weather at Earth. The students will be trained in application of these methods, providing also an appreciation of the benefits brought to space weather studies through combination of complementary measurement types.

Data obtained by the Institute observation systems (magnetic, ionospheric, cosmic ray, electromagnetic radiation, atmospheric electric field, optical and GPS tomography) will be presented and form part of the students’ programme of study.


The IKIR FEB RAS experimental data base includes five geophysical observatories (along 210 MM) and several sites where measurements are carried out according to standard international programs of continuous monitoring (e.g. INTERMAGNET) and special campaigns within different scientific projects.


Practical training with the software developed at IKIR for data system analysis will be given. The software will be available to the participants for further work. IKIR specialists will help the Workshop participants to adapt the software for their laptops. During the practical training, analysis of sample space weather events will be performed.

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