Climate And Weather of the Sun-Earth System

A new SCOSTEP Program for 2004-2008

National Programs - France

Solar-Terrestrial Activities in France related to the CAWSES activities

Part of the French activities in the field of Solar-Terrestrial Physics is supported by the National Program on Solar-Terrestrial Physics (PNST) ( which was created in 1997 and which is funded by INSU (Institut National des Sciences de l’Univers) at CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) and also by CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales). The mean annual budget of the program is around ~200 kEuros mostly for scientific collaborations (i.e. the program does not fund any salaries, nor any large ground-based equipment or space missions which are directly funded by national agencies). The program gathers most of the French scientists involved in solar physics and space plasma physics: ~200 researchers working in about 10 laboratories throughout France .

The main topics of the French Solar-Terrestrial Physics program are:

The activities in solar and space plasma physics are based on the extensive use of both ground-based and space borne observations together with modelling and theoretical work. The projects used by the French scientist in the framework of this program are summarized at and the participation to future projects is described at research on these activities is done in close international collaboration.

SCOSTEP is represented in France by a national committee (CNF-SCOSTEP), closely linked to the PNST.

The French national program will also participate to the organization of the International Heliophysical Year.

CAWSES Office, Center for Space Physics, Boston University, 725 Commonwealth Ave. Boston, MA 02215 USA; Phone: 617/353-5990; FAX: 617/353-6463;