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t14 - ESA SWE Service Network - Geomagnetic Disturbance Warnings for Power System Operators

Jennifer O'Hara (Royal Observatory of Belgium / SSCC), Olivier Lamborelle (Space Applications Services / SSCC), Corentin Liber (BIRA-IASB / SSCC)

TDM type: 3. Service/Project Feedback

The European Space Agency's (ESA) Space Weather Service Network has been established as part of their Space Safety Programme with the aim to support end-users from a wide range of affected industries in mitigating the effects of Space Weather on their systems, reducing costs and improving reliability.The ESA SWE Service Network via the ESA SWE Web Portal ( offers a number of user-specific services, providing access to a tailored selection of data products, tools and alerts relevant to that user domain. For power grid operators the major challenge caused by space weather is Geomagnetically Induced Currents (GIC) that arise from variations of magnetospheric and ionospheric currents induced by solar wind fluctuations giving rise to geomagnetic disturbances at the Earth's surface. The rapid variations of the geomagnetic field (dB/dt) that produce GIC can disturb normal system operation and in the worst case lead to transformer damage in high-voltage power grids. The TOM will first provide an overview of the service dedicated to Power System Operation that includes a user-domain dashboard grouping together combinations of product, tools and alerts in an easy to interpret format. The session aims to be interactive with participants able to explore this service on the ESA SWE Web Portal in real-time. The ESA SWE Service Network places high emphasis on engagement with end-users in dedicated meetings and campaigns across domains and therefore the TOM will follow with a discussion on the current capabilities of the service and recommendations for future evolution.

Approaching deadlines:

Hotel booking deadline:

13 September 2021

Registration deadline:

01 October 2021

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