The modelling of radiation processes are essential to our understanding of the energy cycles between the land surface and the atmosphere. In addition to which they provide an important input to the planning of solar energy programmes.
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ESA's space weather station Proba-2 tracks stormy Sun
06 December 2011
Researchers gathered for European Space Weather Week have been presented with the latest results from ESA's own space weather station: the Proba-2 microsatellite.
The unpredictably stormy Sun drives space weather: surges of charged particles can damage satellites, impede space-based services and affect terrestrial power networks.
Proba-2 science data are also useful for space weather monitoring: two instruments watch the Sun, with two more studying the Sun's influence on Earth’s topmost ionosphere.
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