NSF and Space Weather -- Opportunities and Challenges (Invited Presentation)

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Monday, 5 January 2015: 11:45 AM
227A-C (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
Richard Behnke, NSF, Arlington, VA

The goal of space weather research at NSF is to provide the fundamental understanding of the Sun-Earth system that is most relevant to protecting both people and the technological systems that are vulnerable to storms in space. Progress requires advances in both in-depth understanding of basic space plasma physics questions and in the integration of the physical processes involved over a vast variety of temporal and physical scales. NSF has also made tremendous progress in expanding its capabilities for space weather observations through support of an expansion of the SuperDARN network, funding of the AMPERE project, developing modern incoherent scatter radars, funding cubesats, and developing advanced ground-based solar facilities including a flagship project, the Daniel K Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST). Finally NSF's commitment to training the next generation of space scientists is also well recognized. This talk will focus on some of NSF's most exciting modeling efforts, observational capabilities and educational programs in the Geospace field.

This talk will also discuss progress on the National Space Weather Program Implementation plan, particularly the research component, as well as the status of the portfolio review of the Geospace Section of the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences at NSF.