Since five years have passed from the initial "Space Weather & Critical Infrastructures" event, the upcoming Summit on 29-30 November 2016, in Ispra, aims to take stock of space-weather risk reduction efforts in the EU over the past years and identify remaining gaps that still need to be addressed.
Co-organized by the leading Joint Research Centre scientists together with other international partners and academia this event aims to increase awareness of space-weather impacts among the stakeholders, and it will encourage continued efforts towards risk assessment, preparedness and targeted response.
The focus of this event will be primarily the EU, however the international participation, and in particular from the US, is also sought in light of the recent publication of the US National Space Weather Strategy. Participants are expected to represent diverse stakeholder groups, such as government (decision makers, crisis managers), industry, and the scientific and engineering communities.
The overall objectives are to:
Raise awareness of potential space-weather impacts on critical infrastructures among the stakeholder groups.
Present the known vulnerabilities of different types of critical infrastructures and discuss the potentially resulting problems with respect to service disruption and cascading effects.
Discuss how industry and government can prevent incidents and prepare for their consequences both from a sectoral and holistic point of view.
Identify remaining needs and gaps in risk reduction with respect to space weather impacts and recommend a way forward.
- Promote and support dialogue, exchange of information and coordination among the stakeholders to foster a holistic approach towards disaster risk reduction associated with extreme space weather storms.