The Space Environment Impacts Expert Group (SEIEG) is an independent committee of experts drawn from Academia, Research Institutes, Companies, and Agencies.
The primary purpose of SEIEG is to assess the science related to space weather, review the impact to people and modern infrastructure, and to provide support and advice to the UK Met Office and Government Departments.
The SEIEG is independent of Government and does not receive funding for the work it undertakes.
Space weather refers to changes in the near-space environment that disrupt modern technology and endanger human health. Space weather is driven primarily by solar variations and causes disruption to power supplies, satellites, communications, aviation, navigation, pipelines and much more.
The UK government’s strategy to increase our preparedness and resilience to a severe space weather event.
The SEIEG meets twice a year and is hosted by the Department for Energy and Net Zero (DESNZ). Senior civil servants from other Departments, such as the Department for Transport, also usually attend.
The SEIEG is composed of a core team, and a wider membership. The core team includes:
|Prof Richard Horne FRS||Chair||British Antarctic Survey|
|Dr Mike Hapgood||Former Chair||Rutherford Appleton Lab.|
|Dr Mario Bisi||Rutherford Appleton Lab.|
|Dr Jonathan Eastwood||Imperial College London|
|Mr Mark Gibbs||Met Office|
|Prof Jim Wild||Lancaster University|
|Dr Simon Machin||Met Office|
The core team draws on the expertise of the wider membership.
Key Research Findings
Members of SEIEG have published influential reports and research papers which have been independently assessed by international peer review. These include the Royal Academy of Engineering Report on extreme space weather (Cannon et al., 2013), assessments of the economic impact of a severe space weather event (Eastwood et al., 2018, Oughton et al., 2019) and the development of realistic worst-case scenarios (Hapgood et al., 2021).
These research findings have been used to support the UK National Risk Register (2020, 2023), the National Space Strategy (2021) and the BEIS severe space weather preparedness strategy (2021).
More information about the origins of the SEIEG is available here.
UK Research Project Links
Reports and References
Eastwood, J. P., Hapgood, M. A., Biffis, E., Benedetti, D., Bisi, M. M., Green, L., et al. (2018). Quantifying the economic value of space weather forecasting for power grids: An exploratory study. Space Weather, 16, 2052– 2067. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018SW002003
Hapgood, M., Angling, M. J., Attrill, G., Bisi, M., Cannon, P. S., Dyer, C., et al. (2021). Development of space weather reasonable worst-case scenarios for the UK National Risk Assessment. Space Weather, 19, e2020SW002593. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020SW002593
Oughton, E. J., Hapgood, M., Richardson, G. S., Beggan, C. D., Thomson, A. W. P., Gibbs, M., et al. (2019). A risk assessment framework for the socioeconomic impacts of electricity transmission infrastructure failure due to space weather: An application to the United Kingdom. Risk Analysis, 39, 1022–1043. https://doi.org/10.1111/risa.13229