ISWAT Frequently Asked Questions Why join ISWAT? + Click here to see answers To have access to experts in all domains of Space Weather and thereby facilitate multi-disciplinary collaborations. To benefit from the synergy that the coordinated intra- and inter-cluster activities enable. Expose your project or model to the wider community. Get professional feedback from peers as part of the ISWAT initiative (both from within and outside of your Action Team/Cluster). Develop strong papers on improvements in the physical understanding, modeling, observations/measurements, analyses techniques, assessment activities, etc... Apply and develop metrics to test and validate your model(s) on data sets. Use your data/measurements to challenge/verify the existing and upcoming models. Participate in community-wide ensemble forecasts. Speak with a global voice to international organizations and national/international funding agencies. How is the COSPAR ISWAT initiative related to other efforts? + Click here to see answers Building upon other established and emerging international space weather initiatives (e.g. SCOSTEP/VarSITI, ISWI, ISSI, LWS Institutes, International Forum on Space Weather Capabilities Assessment facilitated by the CCMC, etc...). Serves as a resource (a “fast response unit”) for International Organizations and Committees (e.g. UN COPUOS, IUGG, IAU, WMO, ICAO, ISES) and established and emerging Coordination Groups (e.g. ESF/ESSC European Space Weather Assessment and Consolidation Group, UN International Coordination Group for Space Weather). Leverage highly-utilized international community resources such as SPENVIS, CCMC, World Data Centers. Establish feedback loops with international space weather service providers (e.g. ISES). Build relationships with (and encourage teams from) the various related space weather communities (e.g. from within SHINE, GEM, CEDAR, AGU, EGU, AOGS, etc...). To provide an enduring platform/permanent home for projects that have come to the end of their "funded" life (e.g. EU projects, ISSI teams, LWS teams, etc...). How are ISWAT activities related to space weather Action Plans and funding opportunities? + Click here to see answers To date, the ILWS/COSPAR Global Roadmap (our Living Global Space Weather Roadmap, updated every ~5 years) has been referenced in many global, national, and regional Action Plans/Guidelines including UN COPUOS documentation. ISWAT activities are lined-up with national and international funding opportunities (e.g. NASA, NSF, EU, AFOSR, etc...) and with campaigns/special scientific events (e.g. PSP perihelia, WHPI, etc....). Mutually beneficial joint activities of international participants supplement core independent capabilities and maximize return on national/regional agencies investments to space weather efforts. What is our Living Global Space Weather Roadmap? + Click here to see answers Presently, we have the ILWS/COSPAR Global Roadmap paper (2015) which serves as a "frozen" status of the global position on space weather capabilities and gaps, but as part of the COSPAR PSW terms of reference, we are committed to updating this roadmap into a living document providing updates to the community every ~five years.