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CCMC mission statement

The CCMC is a multi-agency partnership to enable, support and perform the research and development for next-generation space science and space weather models.

Space Weather REDI Bootcamp 2017

The next SW REDI Bootcamp will be held on June 6-16, 2017. Last year SW REDI Bootcamp was attended by over 50 participants from multiple countries and proved a great success. Learn more about the Bootcamp (details, participant experiences) and find out more about the SW REDI initative.

CEDAR Grand Challenge

CCMC is supporting the CEDAR Grand Challenge: Storms and Substorms Without Borders (SSWB). The CEDAR Grand Challenge Session was held at the 2016 Joint CEDAR-GEM Workshop in Santa Fe in June.
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CEDAR-GEM Modeling Challenge

CEDAR-GEM Modeling Challenge Sessions were held at the 2016 Joint CEDAR-GEM Workshop in Santa Fe in June.
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Mid-Tail Modeling Challenge

The CCMC has begun work on a modeling challenge to assess global MHD models' capability to predict large-scale and meso-scale dynamics of the mid-tail at 60 RE in response to the solar wind/IMF changes. Background information is available and presentations from the mid-tail modeling challenge session at the 2016 GEM Summer Workshop will be collected.
Find details here

The 8th Community Coordinated Modeling Center (CCMC) Workshop

The 8th CCMC Workshop took place last April 11-15, 2016 at Annapolis, Maryland.

Biennial CCMC community workshops are designed as opportunities for an in-depth exchange of experiences, opinions and needs between model owners, science and operational users, educators, agency representatives and the CCMC staff.

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Space Weather training at Kennedy Space Center

The CCMC organized a three-day space weather training at Kennedy Space Center in February of 2016. The training was attended by 32 people, including NASA KSC and NOAA weather service staff, as well as Air Force launch officers at Cape Canaveral.
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Introduction to Space Weather School

The CCMC supported the " Introduction to Space Weather: Concepts and Tools " School hosted by the " Science for Space Weather Workshop" held in Goa, India, in January 2016. This one-day training was followed by interactive programs and demo sessions throughout the week of the workshop.
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ULF Modeling Challenge

The CCMC has begun work on a modeling challenge to assess global MHD models' capability to specify the ULF wave power distribution in the inner magnetosphere. Background information and presentations from the ULF modeling challenge session at the 2015 GEM Summer Workshop are available.
Find details here

Magnetopause Modeling Challenge

Work on the magnetopause modeling challenge resumed by applying methods developed for the Operational Geospace Model Validation (event-based skill scoring). In addition work has begun to identify events with multiple magnetopause crossings, either by a string of satellites (Cluster or Themis) or of satellites from different missions (DoubleStar, Themis, Geotail, ...). We selected events with quiet time solar wind or with shock impacts onto the magnetosphere.
Find details here

New Horizons Flyby Modeling Challenge

CCMC has initiated a community-wide effort to provide solar wind modeling support for the New Horizons, providing computer simulations of the near Pluto Solar wind environment for the time period of the New Horizons Spacecraft flyby. Click here to learn more about the project and to participate in the challenge.

Important Notification:

To comply with Office of Management and Budge (OMB) Memorandum M-15-13 "Policy to Require Secure Connections across Federal Websites and Web Services", CCMC will start to use the SSL/TLS Certificate issued by NASA by September 23, 2016. We are aware that Federal Common Policy CA is not in the trust store.

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- CCMC Team

CCMC Services

  • We provide, to the scientific community, access to modern space research models
  • We test and evaluate models
  • We support Space Weather forecasters
  • We support space science education

New CCMC service: DONKI webservice API

New DONKI webservice API is now available for anyone who wants to obtain space weather events info stored in our database! Space Weather Database Of Notification, Knowledge, Information (DONKI) is an on-line tool for space weather forecasters, scientists, and the general space weather community. Learn more about the Space Weather Database
DONKI webservice API information iSWA webservice API information

SEP Scoreboard

CCMC is in the planning phase of a community "SEP scoreboard" together with BIRA-IASB and the UK Met Office. The scoreboard will show SEP forecasts from different types of models side-by-side. Click here to learn more or to join the planning.

Flare Scoreboard

CCMC, together with the UK Met Office, has developed the beta version of the community "flare scoreboard" which shows probabilistic flare forecasts from a variety of models. Click here to learn more.

CME Arrival Time Scoreboard

CME arrival time predictions from the research community The CME Scoreboard is a research-based forecasting methods validation activity which provides a central location for the community to:
  • submit their forecast in real-time
  • quickly view all forecasts at once in real-time
  • compare forecasting methods when the event has arrived

Highlighted CCMC services

  • Kameleon software: model output from different models can be stored uniformly in a common science data format. Users can request the CDF-formatted output for a CCMC run.
  • MAGIC: new magnetogram processing suite of tools.

Model additions/updates at the CCMC

  • New SWMF AWSoM_R (Alfven Wave Solar Atmosphere Model) offers:
    1. steady state ambient solar wind modeling, using Full Carrington Rotation Integrated synoptic maps (magnetograms).
    2. Time-dependent CME modeling, where CME is superimposed on a steady state ambient solar wind solution. The CME parameters are generated using newly introduced EEGGL (Eruptive Event Generator, Gibson and Low) tool. There is an option to choose between Full Carrington Rotation Integrated Synoptic maps (magnetograms) or QuickReduce Synoptic maps (hourly updated magnetograms).
    The visualization of the CME modeling, besides regular CCMC Runs on Request system visualization, includes native SWMF visualization of the CME propagation in the solar corona as synthetic coronograph images correspondent to SOHO LASCO C2 and C3 instruments.
    Model Developers: Igor Sokolov, Bart van der Holst,Meng Jin, Ward Manchester, Gabor Toth and Tamas Gombosi, Center for Space Environment Modeling, University of Michigan and Lockheed Martin.
    NOTE: At the time the model needs further calibration, the recommended values for parameters are not guaranteed to be the best.
  • SWMF: dipole orientation and magnitude options. In an effort to expand the range of science questions that can be probed with the models hosted at CCMC, we have now expanded the range of available dipole orientations and magnitudes in the University of Michigan’s Space Weather Modeling Framework (SWMF). These new parameter ranges allow studies of for example early Earth’s and other exoplanet targets of interest. We welcome our users to explore these new CCMC capabilities and look forward to receiving your feedback.
  • TIE-GCM 2.0 version is now available on Runs-On-Request
  • The Drag-Based Model (DBM) tool: provides prediction of the interplanetary coronal mass ejection (ICME) expansion and its prediction of arrival at arbitrary location or preselected planet or satellite) in the ecliptic plane.
  • The Kinematic Model for CME Deflection(DIPS) has been added to Runs on Request. It predicts the trajectory of a CME in ecliptic plane.

Runs on Request/Online Visualization changelog

View the log of changes/updates to the 3DView online visualization, as well as announcements regarding occasional correction/re-execution of past ROR requests. The most recent changes were:

  • Nov. 4, 2016

    Total Electron Content (TEC) from runs of the SAMI3 model is now available in the Run-on-Request visualizaion system. The two-dimensional map is best rendered at a low altitude above about 170 km (the highest points of the bottom flux tubes in the model grid).
    The resolution of the plot grid used in all visualizations of Runs-on-Request results has been improved. The number of positions used is now proportional to the selected image magnification. As a result, plot grid resoluton is two times finer than before for a default-sized image and up to four times finer for twice-enlarged images.
    Note: ASCII outputs are returned at a different (coarser resolution).
  • Oct. 27, 2016

    The Run-on-Request submission systems for global magnetosphere and inner magnetosphere now support solar wind inputs from the DSCOVR satellite (as applicable). Daily DSCOVR real time data have been accumulated from NOAA SWPC's solar wind data stream since 2016/07/27 when the satellite was started to be used in operations at SWPC. We added a warning that ACE realtime data after 2016/07/27 have daily gaps.
  • Oct. 26, 2016

    Runs-on-Requests of the magnetosphere now use a minimum temperature of 10000 K in solar wind inputs. Before, zero (missing) temperature data were replaced with a value too low to allow the models to run successfully. Although the solar wind temperature is not very important as a solar wind driver of geomagnetic activity, it does affect model stability in global magnetosphere simulations.
  • Sept. 19, 2016

    Runs-on-Requests for the CMIT model submitted in the future will use 2.5 by 2.5 degree resolution TIEGCM ionosphere (if requested). Before, all runs used a 5 by 5 degree TIEGCM grid.
    The MIX ionosphere electrodynamics grid will be set to 1 by 1 degree resolution for runs using the quad-resolution LFM grid (106x96x128 cells). All coarser LFM grids run with 2 by 2 degree MIX resolution (as did all runs before).
  • Sept. 7, 2016

    Runs-on-Requests: The option to track satellites in Global Magnetosphere (GM) requests became unavailable on or after Sept. 2, 2016 due to a loss of a file listing satellite orbit parameters.
    The file has been restored and request runs of selected GM models can again include satellite traces. Satellite positions can be visualized with the magnetosphere MHD and ionosphere electrodynamics simulation outputs.
View complete changelog
National Aeronautics and Space Administration Air Force Materiel Command Air Force Office of Scientific Research Air Force Research Laboratory Air Force Weather Agency NOAA Space Environment Center National Science Foundation Office of Naval Research

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