Space Weather impacts
Space Weather encompasses the conditions and processes occurring in space, including on the sun, in the magnetosphere, ionosphere and thermosphere, which have the potential to affect the near-Earth environment.
WMO's involvement in Space Weather
In June 2008, the WMO Executive Council (EC-LX) noted the considerable impact of Space Weather on meteorological infrastructure and important human activities and acknowledged the potential synergy between meteorological and Space Weather services to operational users. The Council agreed that WMO should support international coordination of Space Weather activities and urged WMO Members to provide corresponding resources through secondments and Trust Fund donations.
In May 2010, WMO established the Interprogramme Coordination Team on Space Weather (ICTSW) with a mandate to support Space Weather observation, data exchange, product and services delivery, and operational applications. ICTSW currently (March 2014) involves experts from 23 different countries and 7 international organizations.
In May 2011, the World Meteorological Congress (Cg-XVI) acknowledged the need for a coordinated effort by WMO Membersto address the observing and service requirements to protect the society against the global hazards of Space Weather. (See Statement on Global preparedness for Space Weather Hazards.)
The potential role of WMO in Space Weather
International Space Environment Service (ISES). The main objective of ISES is to facilitate international monitoring and prediction of the space environment. The ISES web site includes links to thirteen Space Weather Regional Warning Centres and Associate Centres.
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