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The present status and future plan of NICT space weather research and operation

Mamoru Ishii - NICT

R2O and Development of Services


The fourth mid-term research plan in NICT is going to finish on the end of March 2021 and the fifth plan starts. I will introduce several remarkable results in the fourth plan and draft of the fifth plan in the session.

The period of fourth plan overlaps almost that of PSTEP. In PSTEP, many cutting-edge researches of space weather have improved both in domestic and international cooperation under the leadership of Prof. Kusano, Nagoya Univ. and the scheme to use these produces in operational space weather forecast services in NICT has established. 

The X9.3 solar flare occurred in Sep. 2017 which is maximum in solar cycle 24. After this event, Japanese government strengthened the space weather monitoring framework, e.g., 24/7 space weather forecast.

ICAO has been discussing the use of space weather information in civil aviation since early 2000s, and three global centers were established in 2018 which includes NICT/Japan. The operation started in Nov. 2019.

Following these fruitful results, we are now discussing the fifth mid-term research plan. The present draft includes development of data assimilation system, development of AI system, and satellite sensors for precise space weather forecast.

I will show some detailed information in my presentation.

Approaching deadlines:

Registration opens:

16 July 2020

Abstract submission opens:

16 July 2020

European Space Weather Medals:

6 September 2020

Registration deadline:

25 September 2020

Registration deadline: [extended]

10 October 2020

Abstract submission deadline:

4 September 2020