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LASP Director to lead AGU workshop on space weather

December 2, 2011
Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) directed at Earth

This illustration of the Sun-Earth connection shows a coronal mass ejection traveling toward the Earth with the solar wind. The lines represent magnetic field lines. Such events can disrupt communications and navigational equipment, damage satellites, and even cause blackouts. (Courtesy NASA)

As part of the upcoming American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in San Francisco, LASP Director, Dan Baker, will serve as a panelist for a workshop on space weather. The workshop, “Getting Ready for Solar Max: Separating Space Weather Fact from Fiction,” will be held on Tuesday, December 6, at 10 a.m. PT. Baker will begin the presentation with an overview of our current understanding of the Sun-Earth system, including solar variability and its interaction with Earth’s magnetosphere.

The number of solar flares and coronal mass ejections are becoming more frequent as the Sun moves toward solar maximum in 2013. There is a corresponding increase in public interest and media coverage of the effects of radiation and particles that impact the Earth, collectively known as space weather. In addition to Baker’s introduction, the workshop will highlight the real threats space weather can bring—including particle radiation exposure for airplane travelers, GPS failure, disruption of satellite electronics, and power grid overload; and insights into the newest space weather observing and early-warning techniques.

Workshop Participants

Dan Baker
Director, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado Boulder

Louis Lanzerotti
Distinguished Research Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, New Jersey

Antti Pulkkinen
Associate Professor, Catholic University, Washington, D.C. and Research Associate, Community Coordinated Modeling Center, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland

Michael Hesse
Chief, Space Weather Laboratory, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland