Joint Panel Disscussion 1 Future Cooperation Within the US Space Weather Enterprise

Wednesday, 9 January 2013: 1:30 PM-2:30 PM
Room 8ABC (Austin Convention Center)
Hosts: (Joint between the First Symposium on the Weather and Climate Enterprise; and the 10th Conference on Space Weather )
Matthew J. Parker, Savannah River National Laboratory, Aiken, SC
Edward R. Johnson, NOAA/NWS, Silver Spring, MD; Jeffrey Love, USGS, Denver, CO; Devrie Intriligator, Carmel Research Center and American Commercial Space Weather Association and Elizabeth Krajewski, WSI

Within the U.S. meteorological community, there is increasing cooperation between government agencies and commercial providers. With the realization that the relationship can be synergistic, resources are being brought together from both groups in a vibrant partnership that recognizes and embraces the needs and skills of each member. These experiences can and should be applied to the space weather enterprise Society is totally reliant on technology that is susceptible to space weather, therefore the ability to understand and predict space weather is now an important component of the National Weather Enterprise. Space Weather refers to the variable conditions on the Sun and in the space environment that can influence the performance and reliability of space-borne and ground-based technological systems, as well as endanger life or health. Most space weather occurs because emissions from the Sun influence the space environment around Earth, as well as other planets. For example, space weather can significantly impact the electric power industry, aviation, Global Navigation Satellite Systems applications, communication systems, satellite operations, and space flight. Space weather can also affect national security and emergency response systems. A commercial space weather capability is burgeoning in the U.S., and both commercial and university providers have skills, tools and products that complement or exceed those of government labs. There are also government research efforts and product development that competes with commercial activities. Given the current economic climate, it is imperative to have a synergistic and cooperative Space Weather Enterprise consisting of multiple stakeholders, including small commercial, large commercial, and government partners. In this interactive panel session, the current state of the U.S. Space Weather Enterprise and ideas for future cooperation between stakeholders will be discussed. The discussion will include participants from various government agencies, and both small and large commercial companies. The following questions will be addressed: 1) How does the government interact with and obtain commercial services in the meteorology sector, and is there a parallel for space weather services? 2) How can the AMS Enterprise Commission help the Space Weather Enterprise evolve and avoid some of the problems and misunderstandings that have already been addressed and overcome by the meteorological community during the past 10 years? 3) How can we ensure an appropriate partnership in the development and delivery of products? 4) How can we ensure common operational practices for data exchange between government and commercial operational centers? 5) How can we ensure that the commercial sector has a voice in determining the direction of the national space weather enterprise?

1:30 PM
Overview by Matthew Parker

1:45 PM
ACSWA by Devrie Intriligator

2:00 PM
NOAA Partnership Policy by Edward Johnson

2:15 PM
WSI NWS Partnership by Elizabeth Krajewski
2:30 PM
Geomagnetic Observatories and Geology by Jeffrey Love
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