SEPRAD - Workshop


Future Needs in understanding and forecasting extreme solar energetic particle events


Bernd Heber
Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel, Kiel, Germany


Solar Energetic Particle (SEP) events may provoke extreme radiation conditions near Earth outside the magnetosphere but also in polar latitudes even in the stratosphere. High Energy Solar Particle Events foRecastIng and Analysis (HESPERIA) is an H2020 project that investigated aside scientific exploitations technical constraints of space and ground based instrumentation.

During the project we identified measurement capabilities that enables a better determination and forecasting of the radiation environment. Concepts are proposed to bridge not only the current lack of measurements but also an optimization of techniques and data analysis based on the scientific studies performed within HESPERIA.

For example “novel” data sets into SEP forecasting schemes were identified that potentially will lead to new forecasting capabilities. In my presentation I will summarize the corresponding physical background and recommendations.


The HESPERIA has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No. 637324.