International Space Weather Meridian Circle Program (IMCP)

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The First Seminar of International Space Weather Meridian Circle Program Held in Sanya
Friday, 25 February 2011 PDF Print E-mail

From February 20 to 25, the First Seminar of International Space Weather Meridian Circle Program, IMCP was held in Sanya, Hainan. More than 60 representatives from International Space Weather Starting Program of COPUOS (Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space) , National Science Foundation, United States, NASA, Canadian Space Agency, Bureau of International Co-operation Chinese Academy of Sciences, and scientists from America, Canada, Russia, Australia, Brazil and China in total attended the seminar. The seminar was hosted by researcher Wang Chi, chief engineer of Meridian Project, and deputy director of NSSC. Cao Jinghua, deputy director of Bureau of International Co-operation Chinese Academy of Sciences gave welcoming remarks, and he expressed that CAS attached great importance to cooperation with scientific community of various countries, and gave full support to international cooperation and communication under the framework of International Meridian Circle Program.

 

In this seminar, the experts from various countries introduced their native exploration systems of terrestrial magnetism (electricity) monitoring, radio monitoring, optical monitoring, etc., and data communication and space weather forecast research. All parties conducted extensive and in-depth discussions based on the cooperation under the framework of International Space Weather Meridian Circle Program, preliminarily determined overall objective and critical scientific problems to be solved of International Space Weather Meridian Circle Program, defined action plan of international meridian circle, achieved cooperation intention, signed Multilateral Scientific Cooperation Agreement for International Space Weather Meridian Circle Program, and decided to establish International Meridian Circle Scientific Committee for unified coordination of multilateral cooperation within International Space Weather Meridian Circle Program, and the Seminar of International Space Weather Meridian Circle Program would be held once every two years. Filed study in observation station of Institute of Geology and Geophysics, CAS, located in Sanya was conducted during the seminar.

 

The seminar marks International Space Weather Meridian Circle Program enters into the stage of substantive multilateral cooperation, which takes a key step for scientific and technological cooperation and exchanges in the field of global space weather exploration.

 

Based on “the 11th Five-Year Plan” major national scientific and technological infrastructure project—Meridian Project, International Space Weather Meridian Circle Program aims to make full use of overseas resources through international cooperation; the Program can extend to Russia northward and pass through relevant countries of Southeast Asia, Australia, etc. It, together with approximate hundred of stations of Canada, America and Brazil near 60° meridian of Western Hemisphere, forms the first and unique space weather monitoring meridian circle around the earth. It can complete a more comprehensive observation to all directions of terrestrial space including space environment at sun side and at the back of sun side when the earth rotates every round. International Space Weather Meridian Circle Program, first created by Chinese scientists, is a major international multilateral scientific and technological cooperation program that we take the initiative. Its implementation makes it possible to understand spatial-temporal variation rules for global structure of space weather for the first time, and it is the unprecedented innovation in the history of world’s space weather monitoring. International Space Weather Meridian Circle Program obtains international high evaluation and wide response once it is proposed.

 

The seminar was hosted by NSSC, and supported greatly by CAS, CNSA and NSFC.

 

 Figure 1 Schematic diagram of International Space Weather Meridian Circle Program

 

 

 Figure 2 Group photo for the First Seminar of the International Space Weather Meridian Circle Program

 

 

(Source: Space Key Laboratory of Space Weather)

 
 
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