Within the Space Situation Awareness (SSA) programme, ESA is currently developing a Space Weather (SWE) Network consisting of five Expert Service Centres (ESC), the SSA SWE Coordination Centre (SSCC) and the SWE Data Centre. The Expert Service Centre Ionospheric Weather (I-ESC) will be coordinated by DLR. The mission of the I-ESC is to provide and develop the functionalities, capabilities and expertise in the domain of the ionosphere and upper atmosphere weather that are needed within the ESA SSA SWE Network to achieve as a collaborative enterprise its mission of demonstrating and assessing the influences of Space Weather and informing and supporting end-users through the provision of accurate, reliable and timely products and (pre-) operational services, tailored to their requirements.
Currently, the I-ESC consists of nine expert groups from Norway, Poland, Denmark, Finland, Italy, France, Czech Republic and Greece (see Figure). These expert groups contribute to the I-ESC by providing dedicated products, capturing the ionospheric weather. Within the current project, the list of available products will be significantly extended and the quality of most existing products will increase due to the inclusion of new sensors. Examples of products provided by the I-ESC are shown in the figure.
Users can access the services of the I-ESC via the SSA SWE portal (http://swe.ssa.esa.int/ )
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