SWE Portal 3.3.0 Release Note

The ESA Space Weather team is pleased to announce that SWE Portal 3.3.0 was released on the 7 October 2021.

In this update, the ESA SWE Services have been enhanced with the incorporation of the following new and updated products and tools :

Not sure which products are linked to which service? Find the latest Service-Product linking here: Service Application Matrix

From the Solar Weather Expert Service Centre:

  • Royal Observatory of Belgium provides updates for:
    • The Proba2/SWAP Active region annotated image, allowing to display additional solar features on the solar disc, as filaments, coronal holes and an extra set of Active Region identifications.
  • An update of the help and APIs section for all the products

From the Geomagnetic Conditions Expert Service Centre:

  • The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) provides:
    • The new product Storm risk next 24h that provides information on the risk of geomagnetic storm occurrence the next 24 hours;
    • GIC indicator plots for Greenland and Northern Europe that displays the rate of change of several magnetometer stations. The plots show dH/dt, dD/dt and dZ/dt and help the user to monitor those geomagnetic conditions that could induce unwanted currents in power grids;
    • The AZ index that is a 33 days archive product and indicates the average deviation from its 24h running mean value in the horizontal intensity of the magnetic field in the auroral zone every hour;
    • The new product Aurora Nowcast, Greenland that shows a plot of the auroral oval, in addition to a local model of the polar electrojet over Greenland (during significant activity);
    • An update and enhancement of the existing Definitive PCN index. Along with definitive index values archive, the user can now find provisional, quick-look and forecasted data (with a lead time from 20 minute to 2 hours);
    • An update of product Magnetogrammes from North(West) Europe and Greenland by adding magnetogrammes from additional stations.The new stations are at the following locations: Abisko (ABK), Lycksele (LYC), Uppsala (UPS),Hassela (HAS), Nora (NRA), Falköping (FKP), and Växjö (VXJ), and by British Geological Survey (BGS) at the following locations: Lerwick (LER), Eskdalemuir (ESK), Hartland (HAD), Sable Island (SBL), Ascension Island (ASC), Port Stanley (PST), and King Edward Point (KEP).
    • An update product K-index with the addition of two new stations: Kiruna (KIR) and Tormestorp (TOR).
  • The British Geological Survey (BGS) provides:
    • New regional products for monitoring GICs , Pipe-to-Soil Potential, Telluric index: Peak Geomagnetically Induced Current (GIC) for Scotland, England, Wales; Average Geomagnetically Induced Current (GIC) for Scotland, England, Wales; Peak Pipe-to-Soil Potential (PSP) East Scotland Gas Pipeline; Average Pipe-to-Soil Potential (PSP) East Scotland Gas Pipeline; 3-hourly Telluric index (Lerwick, Eskdalemuir, Hartland); and GIC Index, BGIC for the UK;
    • New global products: Human global geomagnetic activity forecast; Geomagnetic activity alert; and Real-time one-minute Dst (ASC);
    • The new product Auroral images (Scotland) that offers photographs of the aurora taken at Lerwick Observatory in the Shetland Islands, UK;
    Please note that the names of previously deployed BGS products might have been updated.
  • The Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) provides:
    • The new product Regional auroral activity index that is a local nowcast of auroral occurrence derived from geomagnetic measurements in Finland;
    • A newly developed archive feature for the existing FMI products
  • The Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) provides:
    • Forecasts of the AE, AL and AU indices with 20 to 110 minutes lead time;
    • Access to all-sky images from Kiruna for both real-time and archive with 1-minute resolution.
  • The German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) provides:
    • Nowcast and archived value of the newly developed geomagnetic indices Hp60 and Hp30
  • The Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB) provides:
    • A forecast of the value of the K-index at Dourbes with lead time of 2 to 3 days.

From the Heliospheric Weather Expert Service Centre:

  • University of Graz, Institute of Physics provides:
    • ESWF24, a forecast of solar wind high-speed streams (24 hour optimised).The new Empirical Solar Wind Forecasting ESWF24 product provides a reliable short-term solar wind speed forecast over 24h, 36h and 48h, using in-situ data assimilation with a Kalman filter.
    • An update of the Drag Based Ensemble Model (DBEM) Tool for CME arrival time predictions. DBEMv3 extension adds the ability to specify the CME geometry using the graduated cylindrical shell model. The new version also includes the CME propagation visualisations adapted from the non-ensemble product (DBM).
  • Science and Technology Facilities Council, RAL Space provides:
    • STEREO-A HI J-Map Annotated (Beacon Mode) presents a time-elongation map (J-map) covering the last 7 days, of STEREO-A HI Near-Real-Time Beacon mode data, annotated with the CME tracks using forecaster based near-Sun CME identification and a drag-based propagation model
    • STEREO-A HI J-Map Annotated (Science Mode) presents a time-elongation map (J-map) covering the last 30 days, of STEREO-A HI Science mode data, annotated with the CME tracks using forecaster based near-Sun CME identification and a drag-based propagation model.
  • The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) provides:
    • Automated WARnings of Earth arrivals (AWARE) is updated with new algorithms on the early detection and the early classification are implemented. For the early detection, a new threshold is chosen to alert on "precursor" events. The event early classification is also improved.

From the Ionospheric Weather Expert Service Centre:

  • Space and Earth Observation Centre of the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) provides:
    • An update of the electron density products TomoScand3D and TomoScand2D where a) and indicator of the quality of the current reconstruction and b) the possibility to extract the numerical output have been added. TomoScand products have also been now fully integrated and therefore are reachable from the portal Service pages.
  • The European Ionosonde Service (EIS) of the National Observatory of Athens (NOA) provides:
    • An update of the Ionospheric alerts and forecasting products based on the SWIF (NOA) model where the input data are no longer relying only on ACE solar wind observation, but on solar wind observation from any spacecraft orbiting the L1 Lagrange point.

From the Space Radiation Expert Service Centre:

  • Space Research Laboratory, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Turku (UTU-SEP) provides:
    • Updates to the Very high-energy Solar Energetic Particle environment mission specification: proton fluence, proton peak flux and heavy ion fluence. The model calculators that provide the proton fluence, proton peak flux and heavy ion fluence due to (very) high-energy Solar Energetic Particles during a specific mission length have been updated to include access through an API. Details on how to obtain the model results through this API can be found on the documentation pages of the respective models.
  • National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) provides:
    • The new GLE Alert++. It provides an improved GLE alert service due to major improvements in the underlying algorithm and system, as well as a redesigned visual representation of the alert and the web interface. Users accessing the product in a programmatic manner are encouraged to use the new URLs as soon as possible. The previous version of GLE Alert will remain accessible for a transition period of several months but will eventually be retired.
  • Seibersdorf Laboratories (SL) provides:
    • AVIDOS 3.0, revised and re-programmed using newest programming technologies; redesign of the Graphical User Interface to make it easily accessible via the majority of modern web browsers
  • Université Catholique de Louvain, Center for Space Radiations (CSR) provides:
    • The PROBA-V/EPT products that have been expanded to include a high-latitude/polar survey for electrons, protons and helium. Integral fluxes for 3 energy threshold are integrated during each passage through the high-latitude and polar regions making these measurements convenient for monitoring the solar induced variations in the radiation environment. Sudden flux increases as well as dropouts or steady decays can always be clearly seen.
  • National Observatory of Athens (NOA) provides:
    • The High Energy Solar Particle Events foRecastIng and Analysis (HESPERIA) products. The HESPERIA products provide near-Earth real-time predictions of the proton flux for energies 30-50 MeV (HESPERIA REleASE) and > 500 MeV (HESPERIA UMASEP-500). Furthermore, an automated Alert system is provided (HESPERIA REleASE Alert).
  • UK Met Office (UKMO) and British Antarctic Survey (BAS) provide:
    • Various updates to the SaRIF products: adapt SaRIF to use data from GOES-16 that replaced GOES-14 and GOES-15 data; facilitate access to the archived GOES-14 and GOES-15 data; change of the technology of the host system to a cloud-based host

From the ESA Space Weather Office:

  • Introduction of a tile to display Real-Time data of the SOSMAG measurements onboard GEO-KOMPSAT-2A on the General Data Services dashboard

Your feedback is important! We kindly invite you to participate in a survey to tell us your thoughts on the new SWE Portal, all feedback is welcome and will help improve the SWE Portal and better tailor our services to your needs.

Our SSCC helpdesk are here to help and can be contacted by sending us an email (helpdesk.swe@esa.int) or by filling the SWE Portal support request form. A short user satisfaction survey is accessible at the bottom of our replies upon closure of your requests, we would be grateful if you could follow the link to provide feedback on our helpdesk response and help us to improve our service.

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