3.2 Space Weather Training from the COMET Program

Monday, 7 January 2013: 4:15 PM
Room 16B (Austin Convention Center)
Elizabeth Mulvihill Page, UCAR/COMET, Boulder, CO; and T. Ross-Lazarov, A. Stevermer, and D. Kiessling

The COMET Program has developed a library of space weather related training modules that are available free of charge to anyone who registers on the MetEd website (http://www.meted.ucar.edu). In anticipation of the solar maximum expected in the next year, these modules provide information about space weather and its impacts, including the effects of space weather on aviation.

Space Weather Basics was recently updated and presents an overview of space weather processes, their impacts on Earth and human activities, and the technologies used for forecasting space weather events. Space Weather Impacts on Aviation applies the information from Space Weather Basics and examines the effects of solar flares, coronal mass ejections, and other solar phenomena on aviation operations. The goal of the module is to give people the background to explain the impacts of various space weather events and extract the necessary information from products issued by the Space Weather Prediction Center.

Two other modules available are the Physics of the Aurora: Earth Systems module and its companion In-depth Physics Lessons. Developed especially for university professors and students in the fields of physics and astronomy, Physics of the Aurora includes sections on the history, lore, and science of the aurora. The companion module contains four condensed lessons on Charged Particle Motions, Magnetic Force, the Frozen-field Theorem, and Static Atmospheres. Each short, self-contained lesson can be accessed independently and includes interactive formula derivations, exercises, and open-ended questions suitable for classroom discussion or out-of-class assignments.

This abstract was funded by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research under cooperative agreement award #NA06NWS4670013 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NOAA or any of its sub-agencies.

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