HAO Colloquium - Hazel Bain, NOAA

Radiation Storm Forecasting for Civil Aviation and Human Space Exploration

Hazel M. Bain, Terry Onsager, Kyle Copeland, Robert Rutledge, Robert Steenburgh, Pedro Brea, Eric Adamson

Radiation storms consisting of solar energetic particles (SEPs) are a major component of space weather. SEP events can result in spacecraft malfunction; disrupt high-frequency radio communications; pose a radiation risk for passengers and crew on polar flight routes; and significantly increase the radiation dose for astronauts going beyond low earth orbit. Therefore, an essential aspect of space weather forecasting is to predict the occurrence and properties of an SEP event before it occurs and forecast the potential impacts of the storm. In this talk, I will discuss current efforts at NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) to improve radiation storm forecasting for civil aviation and human space exploration.



Date and time: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm