Surveys in Geophysics

, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 319–364 | Cite as

Overview of a Graduate Course Delivered in Turkey, Emphasizing Solar-Terrestrial Physics and Space Weather

  • N. B. Crosby
  • M. J. Rycroft
  • Y. Tulunay


Space physics is a young discipline in Turkey. Since 1970 various national near-Earth space research activities and several international collaborations have been conducted in Turkey and some of these are continuing. In May 2004 a four-week Graduate Course on “Space and Atmospheric Physics I and II” was held at the Tübitak Feza Gürsey Institute in Istanbul, Turkey. This paper explains the background behind this initiative, and gives an introduction to the topics that were covered during the course, especially emphasizing how solar-terrestrial physics is applied to space weather. During the course the students, in parallel with the lectures delivered, performed projects based on the curriculum, and using information available on the Internet and in the literature. A resumé of their results concerning the well-known “space weather” event at the end of 2003 is given.


education solar activity solar-terrestrial physics space physics space weather user community 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Belgian Institute for Space AeronomyBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.International Space UniversityIllkirchFrance
  3. 3.CAESAR ConsultancyCambridgeUK
  4. 4.Department of Aerospace EngineeringODTU/METUAnkaraTurkey

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