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IHY-ISWI Regional Meeting


Heliophysical phenomena and Earth’s environment
7-13 September 2009, Šibenik, Croatia

organized by
Zagreb Astronomical Observatory – Astronomical Association of Zagreb
and is held under the auspices of the Croatian Astronomical Society

We would like to thank the following institutions for their support in organizing the conference:
European Office of Aerospace Research and Development,
Ministry of science, education and sports of the Republic of Croatia

Air Force Office of Scientific Research, United States Air Force Research Laboratory


City of Zagreb
City of Šibenik
Krka National Park
City library “Juraj Šižgorić” Šibenik

Scientific Organizing Committee

Katya Georgieva (chair), Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria
Dragan Roša (co-chair), Astronomical Observatory Zagreb, Croatia
Slobodan Bosanac, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia
Ashot Chilingarian, Alikhanyan Physics Institute, Yerevan, Armenia
Nat Gopalswamy, Solar System Exploration Division, NASA, USA
Bojan Vršnak, Hvar Observatory, Faculty of Geodesy, Zagreb, Croatia

Local Organizing Committee

Dragan Roša (chair)
Damir Hržina (co-chair)
Jaša Čalogović
Darije Maričić
Ivan Romštajn
Domagoj Ruždjak
Giuliana Verbanac
Zoran Vlašić

Programme Overview

Session 1
Solar ActivitySession 2
Magnetospheric and atmospheric variationsSession 3
Heliospheric conditions and cosmic rays modulationsSession 4
Space Weather impacts and climatic aspectsSession 5
Observing Techniques and Data Handling

Conference Site

Open University Campus “Luša”
Luša bb
HR-22010 Brodarica

Contact Address

Zagreb Astronomical Observatory – Astronomical Association of Zagreb
Opatička 22, p.p. 943
HR-10001 Zagreb
tel/fax: +385 1 4851355


Monday, 7 September
18:00 Registration and Welcome party19:00 DinnerTuesday, 8 September
7:30 – 8:30    Breakfast8:45 – 9:00    Opening Addresses (S. D. Bosanac)Session 1 – Solar activity (chairman: B. Vršnak)
9:00 – 9:30    The forecast of the large solar flares: possibilities and restrictions (V. Ishkov)
9:30 – 9:50    A fast and slow chromospheric response of H-alpha and H-beta lines to effects of accelerated particles  in the 26th April 2003 solar flare (L. K. Kashapova, P. Kortc, A. S. Frolova, N.S. Meshalkina)
9:50 – 10:10    A prediction for the solar cycle 24 (R. Brajsa, G. Verbanac, E. Cliver, L. Svalgaard, A. Hanslmeier, H. Woehl, M. Roth)10:10 – 11:00    Coffee breakSession 1 – Solar activity (chairman: V. Ishkov)
11:00 – 11:20    Interaction of coronal mass ejections with large-scale structures (N. Gopalswamy, S. Yashiro, H. Xie, S. Akiyama, P. Makela)
11:20 – 11:40    Coronal Shock Formation in Various Ambient Media (T. Zic, B. Vrsnak, M. Temmer, A. Veronig)

13:30 – 14: 30    Lunch

Session 1 – Solar activity (chairman: N. Gopalswamy)
17:30 – 17:50    Interplanetary propagation of coronal mass ejections (B. Vrsnak, T. Zic, D. Vrbanec)
17:50 – 18:10    Scientific astrology: planetary effects on solar activity (K. Georgieva)
18:10 – 18:30    Solar active regions with peculiar spectral polarization emission and its possible diagnostics (T.I. Kaltman, V.M Bogod, L.V. Yasnov)

19:30 – 20:30    Dinner

Wednesday, 9 September
7:30 – 8:30    Breakfast

Session 2 – Magnetospheric and atmospheric variations (chairman: D. Rosa)
9:00 – 9:20    The role of magnetospheric lobes in Solar wind-megnetosphere-ionosphere relations (R. Koleva, E. Grigorenko)
9:20 – 9:40    Magnetospheric ULF wave activity monitoring based on the ULF-index (O. Kozyreva, N. Kleimenova)
9:40 – 10:00    Solar wind-magnetosphere-atmosphere coupling: effects of magnetic storms and substorms in atmospheric electric field variations (N. G. Kleimenova, O. V. Kozyreva, S. Michnowski, M. Kubicki)
10:00 – 10:20    Morning – evening asymmetry of auroral precipitation during magnetic storms (O.I. Yagodkina, V.G. Vorobjev, I.V. Despirak)

10:20 – 10:50    Coffee break

Session 3 – Heliospheric conditions and cosmic rays modulations (chairman: E. W. Cliver)
10:50 – 11:10    Dynamics of the high speed streams during the last four solar minima (G. Maris)
11:10 – 11:30    Forewarning of upcoming radiation storm based on joint treatment of data from ASEC particle detectors and space-born measurements (A. Hovhannisyan, A. Chilingarian)
11:30 – 11:50    Investigation of daily variations of cosmic ray fluxes in the beginning of 24th solar activity cycle (A. Chilingarian, B. Mailyan)

13:30 – 14:30    Lunch

Afternoon session –  Round table: Future Prospects of Space Weather
17:30 – 18:45    Introduction by N. Gopalswamy: International Space Weather Initiative (N. Gopalswamy, J. Davila)

19:30 – 20:30    Dinner

Thursday 10 September
7:30 – 8:30    Breakfast

9:00 – 16:00    Excursion I (visiting archipelago by boat and Šibenik city)

17:30 – 18:00    Especially lecture about history of solar physics researches (E. W. Cliver)
18:00 – 19:00    Poster session – list of contributions

19:30 – 20:30    The Dangerous Face of the Sun – public lecture by N. Gopalswamy (City library “Juraj Šižgorić” Šibenik)

19:30 – 20:30    Dinner

Friday, 11 September
7:30 – 8:30    Breakfast

Session 4 – Space Weather impacts and climatic aspects (chairman: R. Brajsa)
9:00 – 9:30    A Forecast for Cycle 24 Based on Fluctuations Above the Floor in the Solar Wind (E. W. Cliver)
9:30 – 10:00    Detection of 10-30 MeV electrons and gammas from the Relativistic Runaway Process by particle detectors at Aragats (A. Chilingarian, A. Daryan, K. Arakelyan, A. Reymers)

10:40 – 10:30    Coffee break

Session 4 – Space Weather impacts and climatic aspects (chairman: R. Brajsa)
10:30 – 10:50    Influence of space climate and space weather on the Earth (T. Kuznetsova)
10:50 – 11:10    New results of radiation environment investigation by Liulin-5 experiment in the human phantom aboard the International Space Station (J. Semkova, R. Koleva, S. Maltchev, V. Benghin, I. Chernykh, V. Shurshakov, V. Petrov, N. Bankov, M. Goranova)
11:10 – 11:30    Possible traces of solar activity effect on the surface air temperature of mid-latitudes (A.Ozguc, A. Kilcik, J. P. Rozelot)

Session 5 – Observing Techniques and Data Handling (chairman: R. Brajsa)
11:30 – 11:50    A comparison  of sunspot position measurements from different data sets (I. Poljancic, R. Brajsa, D. Ruzdjak, D. Hrzina, R. Jurdana-Sepic, H. Wöhl, W. Otruba)

13:30 – 14:30    Lunch

15:30 – 18:30    Excursion II (Island Krapanj)

19:30 – 20:30    Conference dinner

Saturday 12 September
7:30 – 8:30    Breakfast

9:00 – 18:00    Excursion III (Krka National Park)

20:00    Dinner / Closing Ceremony

Sunday, 13 September
7:30 – 8:30    Breakfast

List of Invited Speakers

Edward W. Cliver (USAF, Hanscom, USA)
Ashot Chilingarian (Alikhanyan Physics Institute, Yerevan, Armenia)
Vitaly Ishkov (Izmiran, Troitsk Moscow region, Russia)
Tamara Kuznetsova (Izmiran, Troitsk Moscow region, Russia)