The Space Weather Lab at George Mason University was formally established in October 2006 and is part of the School of Physics, Astronomy, and Computational Sciences. SWL emphasizes multi-disciplinary science that crosses traditional department boundaries. Students in our space weather program will develop a deep understanding of the Sun, the heliosphere, geospace, and there interactions.
Research Faculty: Kyle Baker, Dieter Bilitza, Ken Dere, John Mariska, Robert Meier, Dusan Odstrcil, Art Poland, Phil Richards
Affiliates: Jim Chen, Larry Paxton, Dean Pesnell, James Klimchuk
Sun and the magnetosphere,
Space weather research addresses understanding of the physics of the connected Sun-Earth system. It specifies and predicts the physical conditions in the space that adversely affect the safety of manned space missions and technological systems such as satellites, electronic power grids, communication and navigation systems. It is supported by major national programs, including the National Space Weather Program (NSWP), the Living With a Star Program (LWS), and a variety of NASA, NSF, DOD and NOAA offices. There is also an International LWS program that involves more than 20 international space agencies.