85th AMS Annual Meeting

Tuesday, 11 January 2005: 4:30 PM
Space Weather: A Threat for the 21st Century
Joseph Kunches, NOAA/Space Environment Center, Boulder, CO
As existing technologies evolve and the horizons for new technologies broaden, the need for valuable space weather services ever increases. Space weather can have significant, usually deleterious, impacts on technologies that are affected by conditions occurring in; the near-earth space environment, the earth's magnetosphere and its ionosphere. Airline operations, human spaceflight, satellite operations, electric power transmission, and the various applications of the use of the Global Positioning System (GPS) are a few prominent examples.

This talk will describe what space weather is, and how particular systems are affected. In anticipation of new technologies soon to develop, a look into the future will also be given.

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