Space Weather Awareness in Rome

The workshop on the issue of space storms will be held on September 18 at Palazzo Salviati

The CASD (Centre for High Defence Studies) will host on September 18 at the Palazzo Salviati, a seminar on the issue of Space Weather. The workshop organized by the Italian Air Force will analyse the phenomenon of the space storms and their impact on society.

Space Weather is the scientific discipline that studies and tries to predict the processes that occur on the Sun, in solar wind, in the earth’s magnetosphere and ionosphere. Until a few years ago these processes were only of scientific interest.

However, in recent years, thanks to technological development, they have gained increasing social and economic importance since they can disturb the correct functioning of technological systems in Space and on Earth, such as communications systems and large scale electrical distribution networks, as well as affect the health in manned spaceflights and in flights with high-altitude aircraft.

Therefore the purpose of the continuous monitoring of the sun, the solar wind, magnetosphere and ionosphere, is to develop procedures capable of giving an alarm signal at least one hour prior to the event and with an accuracy of at least 90%.