Services available at the Brazilian Study and Monitoring of Space Weather (Embrace) Program

Tuesday, 15 December 2015
Poster Hall (Moscone South)
Alisson Dal Lago1, Jose R Cecatto2, Joaquim E R Costa1, Ligia Alves Da Silva1, Marlos Rockenbach1, Carlos Roberto Braga1, Rafael R. S. Mendonca1, Odim Mendes Jr3, Daiki Koga1, Livia Ribeiro Alves4, Fabio Becker-Guedes1, Cristiano M. Wrasse1, Hisao Takahashi1, Marcelo Banik de Padua3 and Clezio Marcos De Nardin3, (1)INPE National Institute for Space Research, Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, (2)Organization Not Listed, Washington, DC, United States, (3)INPE National Institute for Space Research, Sao Jose Dos Campos, Brazil, (4)INPE National Institute for Space Research, Space Science Division, Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil
Since 2008, Brazilian government has been supporting a Space Weather Program at the National Institute for Space Research (INPE). The main objective of the “Brazilian Study and Monitoring of Space Weather (Embrace) Program” is to proceed with data collection and maintenance of Space Weather observation, modeling processes of the Sun-Earth on a global and regional scale, provide information in real time and make Space Weather forecast, and provide diagnostics of their effects on different technology systems through the collection of satellite data, surface and computational modeling. Advantage was taken on the long lasting expertise of the local scientific community, specially regarding local phenomena, such as the equatorial ionosphere and effects of the South American Magnetic Anomaly. Since April 2012, weekly briefings are held where scientists discuss and evaluate in a comprehensive manner all the chains of events from the sun, interplanetary space, earth magnetosphere, radiation belts, ionosphere, upper atmosphere, and reaching the effects on ground. One unique aspect of Embrace program is the strong emphasis on ionospheric and upper atmospheric disturbances. Recently, strong focus on radiation belt variability is progressively been included. Another important particularity of this program is the use of cosmic ray observations to develop nowcasting and forecasting of solar wind structures. In this work, we present an overview of activities and contributions related to the EMBRACE Program.