Whitepaper #154 in the Decadal Survey for Solar and Space Physics (Heliophysics) 2024-2033. Main topics: space weather applications; infrastructure/workforce/other programmatic. Additional topics: space weather research/operations/research loop; space weather […]
We know that kp & ap are not great measures of many types of dynamics — however we default to them due to their longevity. If we want to improve our understanding, our forecasts, & our relationships with users of our research, we must continuously & reliably provide newer datasets which better describe the underlying conditions. We suggest ways to extend mission lifetime & encourage long datasets.