With the goal of advancing our scientific understanding of space weather phenomena, U-M Associate Professor Shasha Zou, Ph.D., has been named to the Space Weather Roundtable at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
The Space Weather Roundtable convenes senior managers, decision makers, and scientists from government, the commercial space weather industry, and universities to discuss activities that will facilitate advances in the science surrounding space weather phenomena, the impacts of space weather, and the forecasting of space weather events, such as solar flares and geomagnetic storms. These events can affect critical Earth-based infrastructure, including the Global Positioning System (GPS), satellite operations, communications, aviation, and the electrical power grid.
Engaging experts across disciplines and sectors, the Space Weather Roundtable will discuss activities that could facilitate advances in space weather forecasting; increase coordination between space weather research and operations; and improve preparedness for space weather events. Initially, members will focus on the issues identified in the National Space Weather Strategy and Action Plan (NSWSAP) and the Promoting Research and Observations of Space Weather to Improve the Forecasting of Tomorrow Act (PROSWIFT Act).
The Space Weather Roundtable is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and NASA.