02/25/2013 | 7-8pm | Engineering Building (Room ECCR 150)

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (CUSEDS) is pleased to host Dr. Daniel Baker, director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), as he presents “The Impacts of Space Weather on Society and the Economy.”

This talk describes possible extreme space weather impacts and their economic and societal costs. In addition to such direct effects as spacecraft anomalies or power grid outages, a thorough assessment of the impact of severe space weather events on present-day society must include the collateral effects of space-weather-driven technology failures. Modern technological society is characterized by a complex set of interdependencies among its critical infrastructures. A complete picture of the socioeconomic impact of severe space weather must include both direct as well as collateral effects of space-weather-driven technology failures on dependent infrastructures and services.