Convenor: Trey Cade (USA)
Co-Convenors: Sarah Reay (UK), Justin Mabie (USA)

This session will give an overview of the most significant accomplishments in the field of solar-terrestrial physics. Special focus will be given to the 60th anniversary of the International Geophysical Year (IGY) which produced a step-change in the rate of exploration and observation during 1957-1958. The term “space weather” was also used for the first time during this period.

This session aims to provide a platform to discuss developmental landmarks in the history of research on solar-terrestrial interactions. Nowadays interest in being able to predict solar activity and its impact on the Earth is more important than ever due to the possibility of disruption to technologies due to space weather. Furthermore analysis and prediction of solar-terrestrial data has many applications in our modern world. Understanding solar-terrestrial interactions can support safe operations of airplanes and satellites, navigation of ships, drilling, protection of power grids and so on.

Papers related to the historical viewpoint of research on solar-terrestrial interactions and practical applications thereof are solicited. The history of developments in observations, instrumentation and preservation of the relevant historical holdings are also in the scope of the session.