Space weather is the phrase used to describe changes in the near-Earth space environment that are caused predominantly by solar activity. These forms of solar activity include solar flares and coronal mass ejections; both of which are heavily studied by the global solar physics community and by scientists and engineers at MSSL. During times of stormy space weather, there can be a knock-on effect on many of the technologies that modern society relies on. And so for many year solar physics research has been applied to help develop our understanding of the physical processes that cause space weather and to predict what the conditions will be like in the hours and days ahead. Lucie is involved in a range of projects studying the science of space weather and investigating what instrumentation could be used to improve space weather forecasts.
A recent collaboration with the finance sector lead to a report on how to build space weather weather into business resiliency planning. You can download the report, “Building space weather resilience in the finance sector“.
For more information and overview of the role of coronal mass ejections in driving space weather, see the publication, “Coronal mass ejections: a driver of severe space weather”.