SEPServer - Data Services and Analysis Tools for Solar Energetic Particle Events and Related Electromagnetic Emissions
The Sun is both a source off all life and significant hazards. Solar energetic particle (SEP) events provoke extreme space weather, putting the functioning of satellites at risk. The SEPServer project will combine fragmented data to better understanding such events.
Throughout the world, scientist strive to understand the sometimes extreme behavior of our nearest star - the Sun. With 2012 and the high of the solar cycle approaching, the number of solar energetic particle (SEP) events is set to increase, provoking more extreme weather conditions. Whilst no noticeable by humans on Earth, space weather is a hazard for satellites, for the astronauts on-board the International Space Station (ISS), and in extreme cases for the aircrew on polar flight. Therefore, scientists observe SEP events. However, short of a coordinated approach and fully open access to SEP data, the value of this immense work is less than optimal.
SEPServer addresses this shortfall; the project aims at adding value to several existing space missions and Earth based observations by facilitating such coordination by promoting open access to data. In doing so, it will produce a new tool that will greatly facilitate the investigation of SEPs and their origin. This tool is to take the form as a server that provides SEP data, related electromagnetic (EM) observations and analysis methods, a comprehensive catalogue of observing SEP events, as well as educational outreach material on solar eruptions.
Hence SEPServer integrates scattered data from a number of international sources, enhancing data accessibility, and thereby contributing to better quality evaluation, whist fertilizing the ground for new data analysis and modelling to be performed to better understand the Sun and the space weather that it creates.
Source: European Communities, 2011