Space Weather: National Strategy, Action Plan, and Observing Systems for Preparedness (with accompanying CD-ROM)

Peter Burton

Series: Space Science, Exploration and Policies
BISAC: SCI098000

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Space weather refers to variations in the space environment between the sun and Earth (and throughout the solar system) that can affect technologies in space and on Earth. Space weather can disrupt the technology that forms the backbone of this country’s economic vitality and national security, including satellite and airline operations, communications networks, navigation systems, and the electric power grid. As the Nation becomes ever more dependent on these technologies, space weather poses an increasing risk to infrastructure and the economy. Further, the Strategic National Risk Assessment has identified space weather as a hazard that poses significant risk to the security of the Nation. Clearly, reducing vulnerability to space weather needs to be a national priority.

The National Space Weather Strategy (Strategy) and the accompanying National Space Weather Action Plan (Action Plan) together seek to enhance the integration of existing national efforts and to add important capabilities to help meet growing demands for space-weather information. The Strategy and Action Plan build on recent efforts to reduce risks associated with natural hazards and improve resilience of essential facilities and systems, aiming to foster a collaborative environment in which government, industry, and the American people can better understand and prepare for the effects of space weather.

The Nation must continue to leverage existing public and private networks of expertise and capabilities and pursue targeted enhancements to improve the ability to manage risks associated with space weather. This book outlines objectives for enhancing the Nation’s space-weather readiness in three key areas: national preparedness, forecasting, and understanding. It also describes the study process, the study requirements and their relevance and importance, an assessment and accounting of current and planned space weather observing systems used or to be used for operations, an analysis of gaps between the observing systems’ capabilities and their ability to meet documented requirements, and a summary of key findings.
(Imprint: Nova)

Preface

National Space Weather Strategy
(Space Weather Operations, Research, and Mitigation Task Force)

National Space Weather Action Plan
(Space Weather Operations, Research, and Mitigation Task Force)

Report on Space Weather Observing Systems: Current Capabilities and Requirements for the Next Decade
(Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorological Services and Supporting Research)

Accompanying CD-ROM T.O.C.

Report on Space Weather Observing Systems: Current Capabilities and Requirements for the Next Decade: Appendices
(Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorological Services and Supporting Research)

Index

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