From the article:
Richard Fisher, head of NASA's Heliophysics Division, explains what it's all about:
"The sun is waking up from a deep slumber, and in the next few years we expect to see much higher levels of solar activity. At the same time, our technological society has developed an unprecedented sensitivity to solar storms. The intersection of these two issues is what we're getting together to discuss."
I know it's true that we increasingly use and depend on technology that is sensitive to solar storms.
"Space weather forecasting is still in its infancy, but we're making rapid progress," says Thomas Bogdan, director of NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado.Seems to me that we have such a small sample of data to base future predictions on that I doubt anyone knows if we are making rapid progress or are just kidding ourselves. Humans have been watching the sun with an eye to sensitive technology for how long now?
That being said, I'm glad someone is looking at this.