During the COST 296 scintillation workshop at the University of Nottingham, in February 2008, the idea of establishing the IPDM network was presented by Norbert Jakowski of DLR and co-authors. It was recognised by experts as the way forward to deliver the state of the art in what Europe needs to protect the range of essential systems that are vulnerable to these ionospheric perturbations. A group was formed around the IPDM idea, involving experts from the following institutions:

- Finish Meteorological Institute, Finland

- German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany

- Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (IFSI-INAF), Italy

- IEEA, France

- Instituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), Italy

- Instituto dei Sistemi Complessi (ISC-CNR), Italy

- Nova Gorica University, Slovenia

- Space Research Center (SRC), Poland

- University of Bath, UK

- University of Leeds, UK

- University of Nottingham, UK

- University of Rennes, France

- University of St Petersburg, Russia

- European Space Agency (ESA), The Netherlands

We propose establishing an operational European wide information service, capable of detecting and monitoring the whole spectrum of ionospheric perturbations and related scintillations (via geo-plasma warnings, now-casts and forecasts) for the wider European user community, including SME's, government offices, commercial and public users. Concurrent related research will help to develop effective techniques for mitigating ionospheric threats. Considering existing national activities, the current situation is mature enough for effective networking and integration of ionospheric services and to further develop them at a European level in an objective and concerted fashion.

**To view Norbert Jakowski's presentation on the IPDM concept click here.