Resolution No.3 (2003): Radiation belt research and society

IAGA, recognising that

  • we are approaching the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the Van Allen radiation belts,
  • the radiation belts continue to represent a major space weather hazard to humans and human technology in near-Earth Space,
  • many scientific questions remain about how radiation belt particles are accelerated and ultimately are lost,
  • several nations and agencies have spacecraft operating in Earth-orbit that can measure radiation belt properties,

urges

  • funding agencies of the world to continue to support investigation of physical processes, and the collection, analysis, and preservation of related data obtained via spacecraft in order to assure that models and forecasting tools continue to meet the demands of