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A look back at the Space Weather Center involvement with helping communications for Hurricane Irene. From Aerospace America, December 2011. D. Crider. Click here.


Space Weather Models and Operations. Space Weather opinion article. Tobiska, W. K., "Operational Space Weather Entering a New Era", Space Weather Quarterly, Vol. 6, Issue 4, 2009. Click here.


New capabilities being developed for mitigating space weather effects. Three new systems for space weather operations: A new USGS Dst index, the Nowcast of Atmospheric Ionizing Radiation for Aviation Safety (NAIRAS), and the Global Assimilation of Ionospheric Radiation Measurments (GAIM). Tobiska, W. Kent, "New Space Weather Mitigation Capabilities". AIAA, 2009. Click here.


Implementation of operational space weather is largely unfunded and woefully undirected, with the exception of a few  U.S. Air Force Weather Agency projects. A new vision is needed so that operational space weather can help solve 21st-century challenges. Tobiska, W. Kent, "Operational Space Weather Entering a New Era". Space Weather, Vol. 7, 2009. Click here.


The same high-atmosphere disturbances that create the northern lights can also cause havoc for high-frequency radio. Poppleton, Jacoba, "Solar Storms: a communication problem". Research Matters, 2010.

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A presentation given at COSPAR 10, in Bremen, Germany. This is an outline of what is expected to be accomplished at the Space Weather Center. Tobiska, W. Kent et al, 2010. Click here.

A presentation given at COSPAR 10, in Bremen, Germany. This is an overview of the GAIM model, presented by Dr. Robert W. Schunk. Click here.

Smart phones are quickly becoming key tools in portraying and sharing space weather information. This article by W. Kent Tobiska, Geoff Crowley, Seung Jun Oh, and Madhulika Guhathakurta outlines the process of creating applications for displaying this vital ionformation. Click here.


Herb Carlson has been appointed as chief scientist and director of strategic planning for the Utah State University USTAR Space Weather Center team. The former chief scientist for the United States Air Force Office of Scientific Research joined the team in March 2010. Click here.


USU researcher, Center for Atmospheric and Space Sciences director and USTAR Space Weather Center founding member, Robert Schunk, and USTAR Space Weather Center director and president of Space Environment Technologies, Kent Tobiska, were recently invited to participate in the National Research Council Decadal Survey for Research to Operations. Click here.