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High Energy Solar Particle Events foRecastIng and Analysis

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Project "HESPERIA" data sheet

The following table provides information about the project.


Organization address
city: ATHINA
postcode: 11810

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 Coordinator Country Greece [EL]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙208˙956 €
 EC max contribution 1˙101˙456 € (91%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.2.1.6. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies – Space)
 Code Call H2020-PROTEC-2014
 Funding Scheme RIA
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-05-01   to  2017-04-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    NATIONAL OBSERVATORY OF ATHENS EL (ATHINA) coordinator 215˙625.00
2    OBSERVATOIRE DE PARIS FR (PARIS) participant 156˙250.00
4    TURUN YLIOPISTO FI (Turku) participant 145˙163.00
5    UNIVERSIDAD DE MALAGA ES (MALAGA) participant 132˙500.00
6    UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA ES (BARCELONA) participant 126˙248.00
7    ISNET EL (ARGIROUPOLI ATTIKIS) participant 115˙000.00
9    UNIVERSITAET BERN CH (BERN) participant 0.00


 Project objective

HESPERIA will produce two novel operational forecasting tools based upon proven concepts (UMASEP, REleASE). At the same time it will advance our understanding of the physical mechanisms that result into high-energy solar particle events (SEPs) exploiting novel datasets (FERMI/LAT/GBM; PAMELA; AMS) and it will explore the possibility to incorporate the derived results into future innovative space weather services. In order to achieve these goals HESPERIA will exploit already available large datasets stored into databases such as the neutron monitor database (NMDB) and SEPServer that have been developed under FP7 projects from 2008 to 2013. The objectives of HESPERIA are: 1) To develop two novel SEP forecasting systems based upon proven concepts. 2) To develop SEP forecasting tools searching for electromagnetic proxies of the gamma-ray emission in order to predict large SEP events. 3) To perform systematic exploitation of the novel high-energy gamma-ray observations of the FERMI mission together with in situ SEP measurements near 1 AU. 4) To provide for the first time publicly available software to invert neutron monitor observations of relativistic SEPs to physical parameters that can be compared with the space-borne measurements at lower energies. 5) To perform examination of currently unexploited tools (radio emission) 6) To design recommendations for future SEP forecasting systems. The results will be openly accessible to the public through the dedicated web interface of HESPERIA and will further be posted in related servers such as NMDB and SEPServer. The HESPERIA consortium consists of 9 partners with complementary expertise covering all aspects of the project. HESPERIA will also collaborate with a number of institutes and individuals from US and Russia, ensuring both the in depth analysis of the novel datasets to be utilized within the project and the efficient dissemination of the results to the whole space physics/space weather community.


List of deliverables.
Inversion Software for GLE Events Other 2019-07-22 15:05:55
Report on the comparison of composition measurements of SEP events in solar cycle 23 & 24 Documents, reports 2019-07-22 15:05:55
Delivery Report of Inversion Methodology for GLE Events Documents, reports 2019-07-22 15:05:55
Global analysis of high-energy gamma-ray events and their associated electromagnetic and SEP emissions Documents, reports 2019-07-22 15:05:55
Website of the project consisting of a public and a private section Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-07-22 15:05:55
Report on the statistical quantification of the comparison of solar cycle 23 and 24 Documents, reports 2019-07-22 15:05:55
Report of modeling for SEP events in solar cycle 23 and 24 Documents, reports 2019-07-22 15:05:55
Report on the HESPERIA Workshop and School on Solar Radiation Storms Documents, reports 2019-07-22 15:05:55
Documentation and delivery Other 2019-07-22 15:05:55
Delivery report of simulation modeling for Fermi/LAT events Documents, reports 2019-07-22 15:05:55
Web-based front-end of the four SEP prediction tools Other 2019-07-22 15:05:55
Dissemination and Exploitation Plan Documents, reports 2019-07-22 15:05:55
Prototype tool for predicting 30-50 MeV SEP events by using the RELeASE scheme Other 2019-07-22 15:05:55
Prototype tool for predicting >500 MeV SEP events by using the UMASEP scheme Other 2019-07-22 15:05:55
Recommendation Roadmap Document Documents, reports 2019-07-22 15:05:55

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of HESPERIA deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 A. Afanasiev, R. Vainio, A. P. Rouillard, M. Battarbee, A. Aran, P. Zucca
Modelling of proton acceleration in application to a ground level enhancement
published pages: A4, ISSN: 0004-6361, DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201731343
Astronomy & Astrophysics 614 2019-07-22
2017 Rami Vainio, Osku Raukunen, Allan J. Tylka, William F. Dietrich, Alexandr Afanasiev
Why is solar cycle 24 an inefficient producer of high-energy particle events?
published pages: A47, ISSN: 0004-6361, DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201730547
Astronomy & Astrophysics 604 2019-07-22
2017 O.V. Khabarova, G.P. Zank, G. Li, O.E. Malandraki, J.A. le Roux, and G.M. Webb
Observational evidence for local particle acceleration associated with magnetically confined magnetic islands in the heliosphere - a review
published pages: 23-30, ISSN: 2367-8852, DOI:
Sun and Geosphere 12/1, January 2017 2019-07-22
2016 P. Kühl, R. Gómez-Herrero, B. Heber
Annual Cosmic Ray Spectra from 250 MeV up to 1.6 GeV from 1995 – 2014 Measured with the Electron Proton Helium Instrument onboard SOHO
published pages: 965-974, ISSN: 0038-0938, DOI: 10.1007/s11207-016-0879-0
Solar Physics 291/3 2019-07-22
2017 K.-L. Klein, C. Salas Matamoros, P. Zucca
Solar radio astronomy and space weather
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
URSI 2019-07-22
2016 G.P. Pavlos, O.E. Malandraki, E.G. Pavlos, A.C. Iliopoulos, L.P. Karakatsanis
Non-extensive statistical analysis of magnetic field during the March 2012 ICME event using a multi-spacecraft approach
published pages: 149-181, ISSN: 0378-4371, DOI: 10.1016/j.physa.2016.07.058
Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications 464 2019-07-22
2016 O. E. Malandraki, K.-L. Klein, R. Vainio, N. Agueda, M. Nuñez, B. Heber, R. Buetikofer, S. Sarlanis, N. Crosby, G. Share, A. J. Tylka, R. Murphy, G. Bazilevskaya, V. Bindi, on behalf of the HESPERIA Consortium
High Energy Solar Particle Events Forecasting and Analysis: The HESPERIA Project
published pages: PoS(ICRC2015) 21, ISSN: 1824-8039, DOI:
Proceedings of Science (PoS) PoS(ICRC2015) 215, February 20 2019-07-22
2016 P. Kühl, N. Dresing, J. Gieseler, B. Heber and A. Klassen
Galactic cosmic ray quiet time spectra from 300 MeV up to above 1 GeV measured with SOHO/EPHIN
published pages: PoS(ICRC2015) 22, ISSN: 1824-8039, DOI:
Proceedings of Science (PoS) PoS(ICRC2015) 224, February 20 2019-07-22
2017 R. Bütikofer, N. Agueda, B. Heber, D. Galsdorf and R. Vainio
Assessment of Source and Transport Parameters of Relativistic SEPs Based on Neutron Monitor Data
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2017 Pietro Zucca, Marlon N??ez, Karl-Ludwig Klein
Exploring the potential of microwave diagnostics in SEP forecasting: The occurrence of SEP events
published pages: A13, ISSN: 2115-7251, DOI: 10.1051/swsc/2017011
Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate 7 2019-07-22
2016 R. Bütikofer, E. Flückiger, D. Galsdorf, B. Heber, K. Herbst and C. Steigies
Rapid determination of cutoff rigidities and asymptotic directions using predetermined parameters in a database
published pages: 1-8, ISSN: 1824-8039, DOI:
Proceedings of Science (PoS) PoS(ICRC2015) 112, February 20 2019-07-22
2017 K.-L. Klein and S. Dalla
Acceleration and propagation of Solar Energetic Particles
published pages: , ISSN: 1572-9672, DOI:
Space Science Reviews In Press 2019-07-22
2017 R. Miteva, S. W. Samwel, M. V. Costa-Duarte, and O. E. Malandraki
Solar cycle dependence of Wind/EPACT protons, solar flares and coronal mass ejections
published pages: 11-19, ISSN: 2367-8852, DOI:
Sun and Geosphere 12/1, January 2017 2019-07-22
2015 O V Khabarova, G P Zank, G Li, J A le Roux, G M Webb, O E Malandraki, V V Zharkova
Dynamical small-scale magnetic islands as a source of local acceleration of particles in the solar wind
published pages: 12033, ISSN: 1742-6588, DOI: 10.1088/1742-6596/642/1/012033
Journal of Physics: Conference Series 642 2019-07-22
2016 A. Afanasiev, R. Vainio, M. Battarbee, M. Palmroth, S. Von Alfthan, and Y. Kempf
Particle acceleration and foreshock evolution in heliospheric shocks from self-consistent Monte Carlo simulations
published pages: PoS(ICRC2015) 20, ISSN: 1824-8039, DOI:
Proceedings of Science (PoS) PoS(ICRC2015) 209, February 20 2019-07-22
2016 B. Heber, N. Dresing, K. Herbst, A. Klassen and R. Gomez-Herrero
Proton energy spectra during ground level enhancements as measured by EPHIN aboard SOHO
published pages: PoS(ICRC2015) 11, ISSN: 1824-8039, DOI:
Proceedings of Science (PoS) PoS(ICRC2015) 119, February 20 2019-07-22
2016 A. P. Rouillard, I. Plotnikov, R. F. Pinto, M. Tirole, M. Lavarra, P. Zucca, R. Vainio, A. J. Tylka, A. Vourlidas, M. L. De Rosa, J. Linker, A. Warmuth, G. Mann, C. M. S. Cohen, R. A. Mewaldt
published pages: 45, ISSN: 1538-4357, DOI: 10.3847/1538-4357/833/1/45
The Astrophysical Journal 833/1 2019-07-22
2015 A. Afanasiev, M. Battarbee, R. Vainio
Self-consistent Monte Carlo simulations of proton acceleration in coronal shocks: Effect of anisotropic pitch-angle scattering of particles
published pages: A81, ISSN: 0004-6361, DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201526750
Astronomy & Astrophysics 584 2019-07-22

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