Magnetospheric Physics

The research carried out by the Space Physics Group includes data analysis, simulations and modeling of magnetospheric and interplanetary dynamics. Over the past years, significant effort has been devoted towards a better understanding of solar energetic particles, the terrestrial ring current and the Van Allen radiation belts variability.

Members of the Space Physics Group have participated in a number of relevant EU-funded or ESA-funded projects 

as Coordinators: 

- Safespace- Radiation Belt Environmental Indicators for the Safety of Space Assets (2020-2022): This project is funded by the European Union through the Horizon2020 Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technology (LET) programme. The SafeSpace project aims at advancing space weather nowcasting and forecasting capabilities and, consequently, at contributing to the safety of space assets through the transition of powerful tools from research to operations (R2O). Moreover, it will enable forecast capabilities with a target lead time of 2 to 4 days, which is a tremendous advance from current forecasts that are limited to lead times of a few hours.  

Professor Daglis is the Coordinator of Safespace, while Dr. George Balasis, Dr. Ingmar Sandberg, Dr. Christos Katsavrias, Dr. Marina Georgiou, Dr. Sigiava Giamini, Dr. Eleftheria Mitsakou, Dr. Fiona-Anastasia Metallinou, Ms. Adamantia-Zoe Boutsi, M.Sc., Ms. Konstantina Moutsouroufi, M.Sc., Ms. Afroditi Nasi, M.Sc. and Mr. Costas Papadimitriou are Safespace Team Members.  

- HERMES - Hellenic Evolution of Radiation data processing and Modelling of the Environment in Space (2015-2018): an ESA-funded project for the development of significant updates in existing radiation environment models of ESA and the creation of a single model that integrates the radiation environment effects attributed to different energetic particle sources. The development of the latter is expected to significantly benefit both mission and spacecraft design with respect to the quantification of radiation effects and the cost of the associated mitigation actions. 

Professor Daglis is the Coordinator of HERMES; Dr. Ingmar Sandberg is the Technical Manager, and Dr. Omiros Giannakis, Dr. George Provatas, Dr. Christos Katsavrias, Dr. Sigiava Giamini, Mr. Costas Papadimitriou, Mr. Antonis Tsinganos and Dr. Marina Georgiou are HERMES Team Members. 

- MAARBLE - Monitoring, Analyzing and Assessing Radiation Belt Loss and Energization (2012-2014): an FP7-Space Collaborative Research Project implemented by a consortium of 7 Partners (5 EU, 1 US and 1 Canadian). MAARBLE employed multi-spacecraft monitoring of the geospace environment, complemented by ground-based monitoring, in order to analyze and assess the physical mechanisms leading to radiation belt particle energization and loss. Particular attention was paid to the role of ULF/VLF waves. 

Professor Daglis was the Coordinator of MAARBLE, while Dr. George Balasis, Dr. Stavros Dimitrakoudis, Dr. Ingmar Sandberg, Dr. Christos Katsavrias, Dr. Marina Georgiou, Dr. Sigiava Giamini, and Mr. Costas Papadimitriou were MAARBLE Team Members. 

- SRREMs - Slot region radiation environment models (2011-2014): an ESA-funded project, which developed models of the radiation belts with an emphasis to the slot region. 

Professor Daglis was the Project Coordinator and Dr. Ingmar Sandberg was the Technical Manager.

- SREM Solar Particle Event Scientific Analysis and extension (2008-2011): an ESA-funded project that aimed to establish the association of SREM-recorded SPEs with their solar sources and evaluate the potential of SREM units as an alarm system for hazardous SPEs.. This has been the first ever ESA-funded space science related project in Greece. 

Professor Daglis was the Project Coordinator and Dr. Ingmar Sandberg was a Team Member. 

as Partners: 

- EPN2020-RI – Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure (2015-2019): a Horizon 2020 funded project, implemented by a consortium of 34 Partners from 19 European countries and coordinated by the Open University (United Kingdom). Europlanet 2020 RI addresses key scientific and technological challenges facing modern planetary science by providing open access to state-of-the-art research data, models and facilities across the European Research Area. 

Professor Daglis is the leader of the project team at the University of Athens. 

- SDR – Space Data Routers for Exploiting Space Data (2010-2014): an FP7-Space Collaborative Research Project implemented by a consortium of 5 Partners, led by the Democritus University of Thrace. SDR developed a communication overlay modeled according to thematic context of missions, ground segment topological distribution, agency policies and application restrictions and requirements. 

Professor Daglis was the leader of the project team at the National Observatory of Athens; Dr. Ingmar Sandberg and Dr. George Balasis were team members.


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