ITAF approaching the field of Space Weather

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The Multi-functional Nature of the Aerospace Domain: a European Approach
Panel 3: Definition and planning of a Space Weather Service in Europe, a
multi-component issue
The initiative of the ITAF in the field of
Space Weather
Brig. Gen. Luigi De Leonibus
Istituto Scienze Militari Aeronautiche
23 October 2014, Firenze
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Italian Air Force Meteorological Service
ITAF approaching the field of Space Weather
ITAF presence in World Meteorological Organization
ITAF Space Weather partners
Way forward
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Italian Air Force Meteorological Service
Chief of Staff Italian Air Force
Deputy Chief of Staff
Air Squadron Command
General Office for Air Space
and Meteorology (USAM)
9° Brigade ISTAR-EW
Meteo Dep.
Air Space Dep.
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Mission of the ITAF Met Service
• to observe the weather with quality and worldwide
interoperability, broadcast data internationally;
• to produce weather analysis and forecast, taking care of
their control and development;
• to provide services in meteorology supporting national
needs and international duties;
• to issue weather warnings for the safety of operational
and civil aviation (ICAO, and other bodies);
• to understand end user requirements and develop new
systems and products accordingly;
• to prepare meteorological personnel, in view of WMO
rules and standards;
• to represent Italy with international meteorological
organizations and consortia.
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Nowcasting and safety support
ITAF Meteorological Service provides
real-time weather monitoring to all Italian
Air Force operational assets, manned
and unmanned, combat, support and
trainings.
Among users
there is the
growing need
for
Space Weather
informations.
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ITAF leader for NATO NRF Met in 2013 and 2014
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ITAF approaching the field of Space Weather
Numerous operational activities are new fields of application,
where space knowledge does not
mean only side information
but capacity augmentation,
as weather, in ops missions.
Vigna di Valle
CSM
SICRAL 1
SICRAL 2
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Space Weather Synopsis
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C.N.M.C.A. the ITAF National Weather Centre
The Centro Nazionale di Meteorologia e Climatologia
Aeronautica is the national weather centre: HPC facilities,
NWP systems, GEO and LEO sat reception, telecoms hub.
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ITAF Meteorological Service far from Italy
ITAF meteorological personnel support international operation
for peace keeping and similar, deploying mobile fully equipped
units (UMM) with staff.
These units are the
unique GEOMETOC
information centre. It is
planned to implement
their service with
Space Weather
information.
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ITAF and UN-WMO
Italy joined in 1950 the United Nations – World Meteorological
Organization, ITAF has been representing the Nation in the
Organization since the beginning: the Chief of the
Meteorological Department of ITAF is therefore the Permanent
Representative of Italy with WMO, he is also a member of the
Executive Council.
The actual Permanent Representative of Italy with WMO is
Brig. Gen. Luigi De Leonibus
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WMO Congress
In May 2011, the sixteenth WMO Congress
recognized the importance of Space Weather,
including this topic into the mission of National
Meteorological Services.
Since 2012 ITAF joined the
WMO Space Weather initiative
Inter-programme Coordination Team on SW
Istituto Nazionale di
Astrofisica
Prof. Mauro Messerotti
INAF Trieste
Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica
e Vulcanologia
Dr. Bruno Zolesi
INGV Roma
Aeronautica Militare
Maj. Daniele Biron
CNMCA
Pratica di Mare
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ICTSW Terms of Reference and Objectives: WIS
ICTSW is working on the standardization of Space
Weather data exchange via the WMO Information
System (WIS), whose implementation is ongoing.
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ITAF C.N.M.C.A. as WIS DCPC
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ITAF Space Weather National Partners
Universities with Space Weather groups
National Research Council Institutes
National Space Industries
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EUMETSAT
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EUMETSAT METOP SEM-2 for Space Monitoring
SEM-2 is a spectrometer that
provides knowledge of solar
terrestrial phenomena provided by
NOAA to EUMETSAT.
It is already planned for future
European satellites as Meteosat
Third Generation and METOP
Second generation space
environment basic observations for
spacecraft monitoring.
OPS users believe that
something more dedicated
and sophisticated should
be planned in future
series (GEOS-R like).
EUMETSAT METOP
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EUMETNET
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EUMETNET
EUMETNET, the European Coordination of the National
Meteorological Services already included among its topics the
Space Weather issue.
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Way forward
Europe has main elements to set up a European capacity
for a Space Weather service: observational infrastructures,
both space and ground-based, science knowledge among
research and academic, and service expertise among
NMS.
Italy is interested to contribute into the development and
implementation of the European Space Weather service
capacity.
ITAF is contributing into the development and
implementation of the Space Weather service within
European (H2020) and National framework (PRNM).
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