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Skoltech Researcher, mathematician Tatiana Podladchikova awarded the International Alexander Chizhevsky Medal for Space Weather and Space Climate

November 23, 2015, Ostend, Belgium. At the 12th European Space Weather Weak (ESWW, in Ostend (Belgium) applied mathematician from Skoltech Tatiana Podladchikova was awarded the International Alexander Chizhevsky medal for Space Weather and Space Climate. She is honored for the development of solar activity forecasting service (Royal Observatory of Belgium, Brussels), geomagnetic storms forecasting service (Space Research Institute, Moscow) and reconstruction of Earth’s magnetosphere (Skoltech, Skolkovo).

Outstanding Soviet scientist Alexander Chizhevsky is recognized as the founder of the Sun-Earth research, having proved that solar activity has an effect on many terrestrial phenomena. Chizhevsky proposed that not only geomagnetic storms resulting from sunspot-related solar flares affect electrical usage, aviation, etc, but also human mental life and activity. The Medal was awarded for the first time in 2013 . It’s given to a young researcher for major contributions to space weather research and/or services. According to the prize criteria, the candidate for the medal “must have taken unexplored ways, potentially at risk, to reach a successful achievement”.Previously this award was given to Dr. Christina Plainaki from Greece и Dr. Gael Cessateur from Belgium.

Tatiana Podladchikova got her PhD in technical sciences in 2008. She works in the Skoltech Space Research Center from its foundation in 2013. This is not the first time she participates in the European Space Weather Week – in 2009 she got an award for the best poster on the meeting. Podladchikova is involved in processing of space data. She participates in research devoted to space weather forecasting as a method for preventing and mitigating the cosmic accidents and their consequences.

The work that awarded her with today’s prize is concentrated in the following aspects: The development of breakthrough approaches in estimation theory to extract a useful signal from noisy experimental data, control and forecasting for broad range of space applications; The forecasting of solar activity and geomagnetic storms, reconstruction of Earth’s magnetosphere, study of active events on Sun to mitigate hazards of space accidents and their consequences; The development of techniques to predict the trajectory of moving objects (ships, planes, satellites), in particular Kalman filter, that leads to progress in interdisciplinary applications.

“The Earth is always embraced by the Sun”, Alexander Chizhevsky, the outstanding biophysicist, founder of heliobiology said at the beginning of 20th century. Today we call it space weather. Currently national and regional forecasting centers of space weather operate around the world.

What is space weather? First of all it is related to sunspot numbers, the origin of extreme ejections of solar energy, propagating toward the Earth in the form of eradiation, energetic particles, magnetic and plasma clouds. These phenomena greatly affect the conditions of the Earth’s magnetosphere and ionosphere, and cause geomagnetic storms. Such cosmic phenomena may affect the performance and reliability of space-based and ground-based technological systems and endanger the health and even, in some cases, human live. Therefore today forecasting of space weather is used to plan space missions, to predict equipment failure, and to provide its protection. These questions require quickness, reliability, and timeliness of space data exploitation.

“We strive to understand the core of observed cosmic phenomena, as they are inextricably linked with our plans on Earth. Magnetic storms happen to everyone in the live. I wish you all good weather in space”, – said Tatiana.

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