SWE Portal 2.11.0 Release Note

The ESA SSA Space Weather team is pleased to announce that SWE Portal 2.11.0 was released on the 16 January 2019. With this update four new service pages are included, two in the Space Surveillance and Tracking area on the portal, one in Spacecraft Operation and one in Human Space Flight Services.

Additionally, the SSA SWE Services have been enhanced with the incorporation of the following new and updated products and tools:

From the Solar Weather Expert Service Centre:

  • UK Met Office provides:
    • Solar flare forecast: A forecast of the probability of solar flares, based on a subjective assessment by the forecaster of raw flare forecasts using an empirical model and current space weather conditions.
    • Solar active region analysis: The Solar Region Analysis is undertaken by forecaster using GONG H-Alpha imagery and 4K SDO/AIA and SDO/HMI images, along with Helioviewer software to determine the heliographic parameters of any active regions. The forecaster analyses the sunspots Using the Zurich and Mount Wilson classification methodologies. The active solar regions are identified by using the NOAA SWPC active region numbers.
  • University of Graz, Kanzelhohe Solar Observatory provides:
    • Solar filament detection: Every hour the filaments detected by the feature recognition algorithm are combined to a single filament image. For each filament the position, the area, the length, and the east-west and the south-north ranges are calculated.

From the Space Radiation Expert Service Centre:

  • BIRA-IASB Space Weather Services provides:
    • SEPEM: Solar Energetic Particle Environment Modelling is a WWW interface to solar energetic particle data and a range of modelling tools and functionalities intended to support space mission design.
  • UK Met Office & British Antarctic Survey provide:
    • SaRIF, a group of products on Satellite Risk Prediction and Radiation Forecasts:
      • Risk indicator panel
      • GOES-15 internal charging current
      • GOES-15 total ionizing dose & dose rate
      • GOES-15 radiation environment
      • GOES-14 internal charging current
      • GOES-14 total ionizing dose and dose rate
      • GOES-14 radiation environment
      • GIOVE-A internal charging current
      • GIOVE-A total ionizing dose and dose rate
      • GIOVE-A radiation environment
      • Slot Region internal charging current
      • Slot Region total ionizing dose and dose rate
      • Slot Region radiation environment
      • MOSWOC forecast
      • Forecaster summary
      • Best reconstruction of the radiation environment
  • Space Research Laboratory, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Turku provides:
    • In R.128, the underlying proton fluence model was extended to use a larger high-energy proton dataset. The probabilistic modelling was performed using an alternative method resulting in more stable fluence predictions for high confidence levels.
    • In R.129, the flux data was corrected using the most recent methodology recommended by the data provider (NOAA) and interpolated to log-spaced energies. The SEP event list was consolidated against published catalogues and events from the same active region were combined in episodes, which recovers the Poisson process for episode waiting times.
    • A catalogue of high-energy solar proton events based on the observations in the 55-80 MeV energy channel of the SOHO/ERNE instrument.

From the Ionospheric Weather Expert Service Centre:

  • Ionosphere Monitoring and Prediction Center provides:
    • An update of the DLR's TEC maps for the European region.
    • 3D Electron Density Based on Kriging Tomography. This prototype product uses a novel ionospheric tomography approach providing the estimation of the electron density's spatial covariance and based on a best linear unbiased estimator of the 3-D electron density.
  • Norwegian Mapping Authority provides:
    • GNSS performance indicator for user-selected coordinate, time and use case. This is the first release of an on-demand tool concept that aims to provide a measure of space weather impacts tailored according to frequently encountered use cases. The tool is based on data from various products provided through the SWE Service Network.
  • Heliogeophysical Prediction Service Laboratory, Space Research Centre Polish Academy of Sciences (SRC PAS) provides:
    • Measurement of 30 Mhz by passive riometer antenna in Borówiec(near Poznan, Poland)

The FORIND and ATMDEN products have also been fully integrated in the portal. You can now find them in several of our services as presented in the Service Application Matrix instead of the previous "miscellaneous" service section.

Please contact the SSCC Helpdesk (helpdesk.swe@esa.int) for any further information.