A COSPAR/ILWS roadmap towards advanced space weather science to protect society's technological infrastructure

Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Karel Schrijver, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center, Palo Alto, CA, United States and Kirsti Kauristie, Finnish Meteorological Inst, Helsinki, Finland
With the rapid development of the technological infrastructure upon which modern society depends comes a growing appreciation of the hazards presented by the phenomena around our home planet that we call space weather. The complexity of the coupled Sun-Earth system, the sparseness by which it can be covered by remote-sensing and in-situ instrumentation, and the costs of the required observational and computational infrastructure warrant an international approach with feasible, affordable solutions. COSPAR and the steering committee of the International Living With a Star program tasked a multi-disciplinary, international team with the development of a roadmap with the goal of demonstrably improving our observational capabilities for, scientific understanding of, and ability to forecast the various aspects of space weather. We summarize the roadmap, its top-priority recommendations to achieve its goals, and their underlying rationale. More information on the roadmap, including the team's full membership, can be found at