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“Space Weather Impacts: They Happen All the Time”


The National Space Weather Program (NSWP) Council is organizing the next Space Weather Enterprise Forum scheduled for June 4 at the NOAA Auditorium and Science Center in Silver Spring, MD. Our theme this year is, “Space Weather Impacts: They Happen All the Time”

The NSWP Council is part of the U.S. Federal meteorological coordinating infrastructure under the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorological Services and Supporting Research (OFCM). The Council brings together the Federal agencies involved in providing space weather products and services, space weather research, users of space weather information, and other offices that set policy or funding for the space weather enterprise. The purpose is to facilitate coordination, collaboration, and leveraging of activities, results, and capabilities across the Federal agencies.

Over the past few years, an increase in solar activity has produced several events that have caused significant impacts to our national technological infrastructure and captured the attention of the general public. While reports of massive solar flares and the resultant potential disruptions in communications and navigational systems have generally been accurate, the overall impacts of these solar events have been overstated and sensationalized. The potential for extremely rare but potentially devastating impacts are very possible, but, fortunately, we haven’t experienced any in many decades. This year, the Space Weather Enterprise Forum will explore the space weather impacts that routinely occur but generally go unnoticed by the press and general public. Though our need to be vigilant and prepared for the high-impact, low-frequency event is critically important, we must also know how to cope with high-frequency, low-impact events that happen all the time.

Over the years, the annual Space Weather Enterprise Forums have gathered a wide range of stakeholders including providers, users, and researchers from government, academia, and the private sector as well as legislators and staff from Capitol Hill to raise awareness and share information on space weather. This year, we will continue this outreach but will sharpen the focus on two aspects of our Nation’s critical infrastructure: precision navigation and timing provided by Global Navigation Satellite Systems and satellite communications systems.

We will again follow a panel session format, including brief presentations by the expert panelists followed by ample time for lively exchange across a diverse group of attendees.

Planned Sessions:



7:00 am

Registration Opens

8:00 am

Session 1:  Welcome / Opening Remarks:
Mr. Samuel Williamson (OFCM)

8:15 am

Opening Plenary Speakers

9:00 am

Session 2:  Scientific Understanding, Observations, and Future Exploration

10:30 am


10:45 am

Session 3:  Understanding the Day-To-Day Impact of Space Weather

12:00 pm


1:30 pm Featured Speaker: Dr. Daniel Baker (U of Co LASP)

1:45 pm

Session 4:  The Unified Space Weather Capability

2:45 pm


3:00 pm Featured Speaker: Dr. Conrad Lautenbacher (CEO GeoOptics)

3:15 pm

Session 5: Responding to New and Emerging Extreme Events

4:45 pm Featured Speaker: Mr. David Jones (President, StormCenter Corp.)

5:00 pm

Session 6:  Summary and Wrap-Up

5:30 pm

Forum adjourns