|Mitigating space weather effects is a global concern.|
Technology continues to play an ever-growing role in our society. As it does so, the potential for space weather to impact our daily lives is also increasing. The technological infrastructure, including the power grid and satellites used for communication and navigation, is vulnerable to space weather effects caused by the Sun's variability. Awareness of the issue is on the rise both nationally and globally. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Space Weather Center has developed space weather products/capabilities/services that not only targeting NASA's needs but also addresses broader interests by leveraging latest scientific research results and state-of-the-art models hosted at the Community Coordinated Modeling Center. Below is a functional diagram of the NASA GSFC Space Weather Center, which also contains some of our collaborative efforts.
Functional diagram and collaborations of the NASA GSFC Space Weather Center (as of August 2011)
By combining forefront space weather science and models, employing an innovative and configurable dissemination system, taking advantage of scientific expertise -- both in-house and from the broader community -- as well as fostering and actively participating in multilateral collaborations both nationally and internationally, NASA GSFC's Space Weather Center is poised to address NASA's space weather needs, and to provide, to the public, insight into progress of space weather research and capabilities.
As one of the future capabilities of the NASA GSFC Space Weather Center, we have been collaborating with Code 595 at GSFC to make headway in broadcasting critical and substantial space weather forecasting and real-time monitoring information through the TDRSS network. The details of the implementation, such as the format of the beacon signal, are being worked out.
The space weather capabilities/services at the NASA GSFC Space Weather Center are made possible by a dedicated and interdisciplinary team composed of members from the Science and Exploration Directorate and the Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
This work is primarily supported by the Heliophysics Division at NASA Headquarters. Additional support comes from the National Science Foundation. Initial iSWA development was supported by the Office of Chief Engineer at NASA Headquarters.