Space weather describes the dynamic conditions in Earth's outer space environment in the the same way that weather refers to conditions in Earth's lower atmosphere. Whilst everyday space weather will not be noticeable to most people, a severe space weather event can significantly impact a multitude of vital ground- and space- based technologies on which we depend as part of our daily lives. This talk will outline what space weather is, its origin and potential impacts, and how space weather centres are working to improve forecasting of severe events.
Dr Sophie Murray has over ten years experience in the field of space weather research, with her current research interests ranging from solar active regions and eruptions to the impact of space weather on the Earth's upper atmosphere. Sophie completed a PhD in solar physics at Trinity College Dublin, and then worked as a Space Weather Research Scientist at the Met Office, the UK's national meteorological service. Collaborating with scientists, forecasters, policy makers, and end users, she transitioned basic science to operational space weather forecasting products. Now a Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin, Sophie is currently investigating the solar source of eruptive events in order to better predict them. She also has a strong history in public engagement and outreach, and is involved in a number of international space weather forecasting coordination activities.