Work package description

The major work packages of the project are WP2 to WP14. They can be grouped in three themes and provide the advance in knowledge and understanding, and translate this into mitigation strategies for practical purposes. The other work packages provide the essential feedback with stakeholders (WP15) and management (WP1). The project deliverables resulting from the work packages can be found here.

SPACESTORM continues the forecasting of space weather first started by the EU SPACECAST project. It is developing new set of web displays specifically for satellite operators and designers. The forecasts that are further developed in SPACESTORM aRE part of WP2 to WP7 and can be seen in the SPACECAST website via the link here. They contain additional scientific data displays to aid interpretation. More information on these 3 forecasts see Forecasting section above.

WP1 Management: This work package will facilitate the science and remove as many management tasks as possible from the project scientists. It will also provide an appropriate level of performance monitoring and highlight any difficulties to the Steering Committee and the REA.

WP2 to WP7 Definition of the space environment:  These work packages will conduct extensive modelling of space weather events for post event analysis, and carry out research to improve and verify the models against satellite data. It will generate a 30 year reconstructed dataset for MEO and determine the space radiation environment for a 1 in 100 year event, and model extreme event scenarios. It will increase knowledge on key physical processes underpinning radiation belt dynamics and improve the representation of physical processes in numerical models and reduce uncertainty.

WP8 to WP10 Impact assessment These work packages will assess the impact of an extreme space weather event on satellite systems and components. It will use the model outputs to guide experiments on surface charging and internal charging. Both low intensity long duration and short intense radiation experiments will be performed. The results will be
used to assess the risk to satellites.

WP11 to WP14 Mitigation strategies These work packages will develop a new set of mitigation guidelines as a result of the modelling and experimental work performed earlier. It will also test new materials and designs to reduce surface charging via passive electron emitters to help reduce the vulnerability of satellites. It will also provide near real time forecasts of the high energy electron radiation belts, which are important for internal charging, and the lower energy seed population which is important for surface charging, and warnings of magnetopause compression for Galileo.

WP15 Dissemination of results This work package will facilitate a closer interaction with stakeholders and beneficiaries of the project. It will coordinate the delivery and dissemination of results to stakeholders, the public, young people, scientists and policy makers. It will provide valuable feedback to guide the Steering Committee, facilitate work with stakeholders
to identify best practise and to minimise the risk to space assets, and summarise the lessons learned.