Vision for the Future of Lws TR&T

Wednesday, 17 December 2014: 1:55 PM
Nathan Schwadron1, Anthony J Mannucci2, Spiro K Antiochos3, Amitava Bhattacharjee4, Tamas I Gombosi5, Nat Gopalswamy6, Farzad Kamalabadi7, Jon Linker8, Peter Pilewskie9, Antti A Pulkkinen10, Harlan E. Spence1, W Kent Tobiska11, Daniel R Weimer12, Paul Withers13, Mario Mark Bisi14, Maria M Kuznetsova15, Kent L. Miller16, Therese Moretto17, Terrance G Onsager18, Ilia I Roussev17 and Rodney A Viereck19, (1)University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, United States, (2)Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States, (3)NASA GSFC, Silver Spring, MD, United States, (4)Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, United States, (5)Univ of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, United States, (6)NASA Goddard SFC, Greenbelt, MD, United States, (7)University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, United States, (8)Predictive Science Inc., San Diego, CA, United States, (9)University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO, United States, (10)NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States, (11)Space Environment Technologies, Pacific Palisades, CA, United States, (12)Virginia Tech, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Blacksburg, VA, United States, (13)Boston University, Boston, MA, United States, (14)Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot, OX11, United Kingdom, (15)NASA/GSFC, Greenbelt, MD, United States, (16)Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Arlington, VA, United States, (17)National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA, United States, (18)NOAA, Boulder, CO, United States, (19)NOAA/NWS/NCEP/SWPC, Boulder, CO, United States
The Living With a Star (LWS) program addresses acute societal needs for understanding the effects of space weather and developing scientific knowledge to support predictive capabilities. Our society’s heavy reliance on technologies affected by the space environment, an enormous number of airline customers, interest in space tourism, and the developing plans for long-duration human exploration space missions are clear examples that demonstrate urgent needs for space weather models and detailed understanding of space weather effects and risks. Since its inception, the LWS program has provided a vehicle to innovate new mechanisms for conducting research, building highly effective interdisciplinary teams, and ultimately in developing the scientific understanding needed to transition research tools into operational models that support the predictive needs of our increasingly space-reliant society. The advances needed require broad-based observations that cannot be obtained by large missions alone. The Decadal Survey (HDS, 2012) outlines the nation’s needs for scientific development that will build the foundation for tomorrow’s space weather services. Addressing these goals, LWS must develop flexible pathways to space utilizing smaller, more diverse and rapid development of observational platforms. Expanding utilization of ground-based assets and shared launches will also significantly enhance opportunities to fulfill the growing LWS data needs. Partnerships between NASA divisions, national/international agencies, and with industry will be essential for leveraging resources to address increasing societal demand for space weather advances. Strengthened connections to user communities will enhance the quality and impact of deliverables from LWS programs. Thus, we outline the developing vision for the future of LWS, stressing the need for deeper scientific understanding to improve forecasting capabilities, for more diverse data resources, and for project deliverables that address the growing needs of user communities.