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    Radio Astronomy for Space Weather Science (RASWS)

    This is a temporary webpage for the RASWS project containing a few key information files as well as the project abstract. The project was recently proposed to the European Union (EU) under the EU Framework 7 (FP7) IDEAS scheme supported and run by the European Research Council (ERC). If funded, the proposal has many high-gain scientific aims and goals which will strongly enhance our understanding of the use of radio astronomy for studying the Sun’s effects on the Earth as well as inferences to other potential life-bearing worlds. The scope if the work and relevant background leading up to this proposal is summarised here briefly in the Work Package (WP) descriptions, Gantt Chart, the Principal Investigator’s (my) RASWS publications list, my profile, and references to both the short (Part B1) and long (Part B2) sections of the proposal as submitted. Let’s hope the project is funded so that myself and my well-qualified and hand-selected team can get working on new and ground-breaking science…

    RASWS Abstract.

    Radio astronomy is an essential tool in remote-sensing studies of the Sun and the solar wind that permeates space in the interplanetary environment. Understanding the complex interactions that govern solar wind behaviour is crucial to furthering our understanding of space weather (SW), so that we can prepare for a safe human presence in space, and protect our own assets in Earth orbit. Developing our understanding of the physical processes that occur on the Sun and throughout the inner heliosphere is paramount to predicting SW in the near-Earth environment, as well as advancing our knowledge of the possible links to climate change.

    SW covers the Sun’s influence on the Earth in two main ways: scientific research, and applications-based research that includes forecasting. Research into both of these areas is vitally important given our modern-day reliance (commercial/military) on, for example, satellites, global communications, high-altitude air travel, and global navigation systems, all of which can be significantly jeopardised by SW effects; these are all critical to Europe.

    SW, in its most-virulent, long-lasting form, is driven by coronal mass ejections (CMEs) but it can also have other causes. SW interactions with the Earth are a ‘hot topic’ world-wide due to their potentially catastrophic effects on space assets (e.g. communications satellites). A so-called SW ‘Superstorm’ has the potential to cause trillions of Euros of damage to our modern-day infrastructure with projections of several years to recovery, and, as yet, the physical processes that govern SW are very poorly characterised.

    This work provides firm grounding and scientific context for future space missions (e.g. Europe’s Solar Orbiter) and any results obtained are equally applicable to other Sun-type stellar systems. It is crucial that we discover the principles behind SW and the links between the Sun and Earth, all of which are in line with the EU’s overarching scientific aims and objectives.

    RASWS WP Descriptions.

    RASWS Gantt Chart.

    PI’s (my) full publications and presentations list with the full numbered references as referred to in the proposal text (both in Part B1 and in Part B2).


    RASWS Part B1 References.

    (numbered from the PI’s online ERC publications list; lettered are in addition as listed here)

    (A) Ananthakrishnan, S., et al., JGR, 85, 6025, 1980. (B) Breen, A.R., Private Communication, 2010. (C) Canals, A., et al., Ann. Geo., 20, 1265, 2002. (D) Coles, W.A., SSR, 21, 411, 1978. (E) Coles, W.A. & B.J. Rickett, JGR, 81, 4797, 1976. (F) Dale, A.S., Physics World, 25 (10), October 2012. (G) Dennison, P.A. & A. Hewish, Nature, 213, 343, 1967. (H) Dunn, T., et al., Sol. Phys., 227, 339, 2005. (I) Hapgood, M., Nature, 484, 311, 2012. (J) Hapgood, M., & R.A. Harrison, GRL, 21 (7), 637, 1994. (K) Hapgood, M., & J. Rees (Eds.), UK Space Weather Strategy - linking research to operations, 2012. (L) Harrison, R.A., et al., Sol. Phys., 247, 171, 2008. (M) Hewish., A., Adv. Space Res., 9 (4), 59, 1989. (N) Hewish, A., et al., Nature, 203, 1214, 1964. (O) Houminer, Z., Nature Phys. Sci., 231, 165, 1971. (P) Jackson, B.V., et al., JGR, 103, 12049, 1998. (Q) Kojima, M., et al., JGR, 103, 1981, 1998. (R) Whittaker, I., et al., Sol. Phys., 265 (1-2), 197, 2010. (S) Severe Space Weather Events - Understanding Societal and Economic Impacts Workshop Report, ISBN: 0-309-12770-X, 2008.

    RASWS Part B2 References.

    (numbered are from the PI’s online ERC publications list; numbered preceding with a “C” are from the PI’s online ERC appended presentations/conferences list; lettered are in addition as listed here)

    (A) Ananthakrishnan, S., et al., JGR, 85, 6025, 1980. (B) Behannon, K.W., et al., JGR, 96 (21), 213, 1991. (C) Bourgois, G., et al., A&A, 144, 452, 1985. (D) Burlaga, L.F., Oxford Univ. Press, New York, 1995. (E) Canals, A., et al., Ann. Geo., 20, 1265, 2002. (F) Cole, T.W., & O.B. Slee, Nature, 285, 93, 1980. (G) Coles, W.A., SSR, 21, 411, 1978. (H) Coles, W.A. & B.J. Rickett, JGR, 81, 4797, 1976. (I) Dale, A.S., Physics World, 25 (10), October 2012. (J) Dennison, P.A. & A. Hewish, Nature, 213, 343, 1967. (K) Dunn, T., et al., Sol. Phys., 227, 339, 2005. (L) Eyles, C.J., et al., Sol. Phys., 217, 319, 2003. (M) Fallows, R.A., Ann. Geo., 26, 2229, 2008. (N) Frazin, R.A., Ap.J., 530, 1026, 2000. (O) Frazin, R.A., & P. Janzen, ApJ, 570, 408, 2002. (P) Goldstein, B., and G.L. Siscoe, in: C.P. Sonett, P.J. Coleman, and J.M. Wilcox (eds.), Solar Wind, NASSP, 308, 506, 1972. (Q) Harrison, R.A., et al., Sol. Phys., 247, 171, 2008. (R) Hewish., A., Adv. Space Res., 9 (4), 59, 1989. (S) Hewish, A. & S. Bravo, Solar Phys. 106, 185, 1986. (T) Hewish, A., et al., Nature, 203, 1214, 1964. (U) Houminer, Z., Nature Phys. Sci., 231, 165, 1971. (V) Hurlburt, N.E., et al., in: K.S. Balasubramaniam and G.W. Simon (eds.), Solar Active Region Evolution: Comparing Models with Observations’, ASP Conf. Series, 68, 30, 1994. (W) Jackson, B.V. & P.P. Hick, in: D.E. Gary and C.U. Keller (eds.), Solar and Space Weather Radiophysics, Current Status and Future Developments, Astro. Space Sci. Lib., 314, 355, Kluwer Academic Publ., Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 2005. (X) Jackson, B.V., et al., JGR, 103, 12049, 1998. (Y) Jackson, B.V., et al., Solar Phys., 225, 177, 2004. (Z) Jensen & Russell, GRL, 36, L05104, 2009. (AA) Jokipii, J.R., Annu. Rev. Astro. Astrophys., 11, 1, 1973. (AB) Kojima, M., et al., JGR, 103, 1981, 1998. (AC) Kojima, M., & T. Kakinuma, JGR, 92, 7269, 1987. (AD) Manoharan, P.K., Private Communication, 2011. (AE) Manoharan, P.K., Private Communication, 2012a. (AF) Manoharan, P.K., Private Communication, 2012b. (AG) Manoharan et al., JGR, 99, 23411, 1994. (AH) Manoharan, P.K., et al., Ap.J., 530, 1061, 2000. (AI) Molera Calvés, G., Ph.D. Thesis, Aalto University publication series, DOCTORAL DISSERTATIONS 42/2012, 2012. (AJ) Odstrcil and Pizzo, 2002; (AJ) Odstrcil, D., and V.J. Pizzo, in Solspa 2001: Proc. Second Solar Cycle and Space Weather Euroconference, ed. H. Sawaya-Lacoste, ESA Spec. Publ., ESA-SP 477, 281, 2002. (AK) Ogilvie, K.W., & M.D. Desch, Adv. Space Res., 20, 559, 1997. (AL) Panasyuk, A.V., JGR, 104, 9721, 1999. (AM) Phillips, J.L., et al., GRL, 21, 1105, 1994. (AN) Rishbeth, H., & P.J.S. Williams, MNRAS, 26, 478, 1985. (AO) Spangler, S.R., & C.A. Whiting, Bulletin of the AAS, 40, 193, 2008. (AP) Swarup, G., et al., ‘Large Steerable Radio Telescope at Ootacamund, India’, 230, 185, 1971. (AQ) Thomasson, P., Q. Jl R. astr. Soc., 27, 413, 1986. (AR) Wannberg, G., et al., in Proc. Union of Radio Scientists (URSI), 2002. (AS) Whittaker, I., et al., Sol. Phys., 265 (1-2), 197, 2010. (AT) Woo, R., et al., Ap.J., 210, 568, 1976. (AU) You, X.P., et al., MNRAS, 22 (2), 1160, 2012. (AV) Zidowitz, S., et al., in: Proc. Solar Wind Eight, D. Winterhalter, J.T.Gosling, S.R. Habbal, W.S. Kurth and M. Neugebauer (eds), AIP Conference Proc. 382, Woodbury, 165, 1995. (AW) Hapgood, M., & R.A. Harrison, GRL, 21 (7), 637, 1994. (AX) Jensen, E.A., NASA-NNH12ZDA001N-GEO#12-SR12-0067, 1, 2012.


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