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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.


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.

View CCMC Workshop Presentations


Register to Attend Space Weather REDI Bootcamp

Registration is now open for the next Space Weather Bootcamp to be held on June 7-17, 2016. The past Bootcamp in summer of 2015, attended by over 50 participants from multiple countries, proved a great success (view Bootcamp tutorials).

Bootcamp information and agenda

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.
Click here to learn more

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.
Click here for details

CEDAR Grand Challenge

CCMC has supported the CEDAR Grand Challenge: Storms and Substorms Without Borders (SSWB). The CEDAR Grand Challenge Session was held last December 13, 2015, during the 2015 mini-GEM Workshop in San Francisco.
Click here to learn more

CEDAR-GEM Modeling Challenge

Modelers, data providers, science and operational users of space weather models were invited to participate in the CEDAR-GEM Modeling Challenge Session at the 2015 mini-GEM Workshop last December 13, 2015 in San Francisco.
Click here to learn more

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

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

4th Annual Student Research Contest

The Community Coordinated Modeling Center and National Science Foundation are pleased to announce the results of the fourth annual CCMC Student Research Contest. Find out more

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.

Notice: Real-time SWMF 2011 run provided erroneous results for the morning of 2016/04/23. The erroneous results were caused by a glitch in our system that allowed the model to ingest bad real-time solar wind data. We are in the process of addressing the glitch and will post more information when available.

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

Flare Scoreboard Planning


CCMC, together with the UK Met Office, is in the planning phase for the development of a community "Flare Scoreboard" which will show probabilistic flare forecasts from a variety of models. Click here to learn more about the flare scoreboard and to join the planning.

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

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:

  • Apr 6, 2016

    The instant-run NRLMSISe00 model failed with an un-initialized (zero) year number when attempting to obtain AP and F10.7 index numbers. This error was introduced on March 18 when attempting to fix the warm-up problem with this and the MSIS-90 model.
  • Apr 1, 2016

    MMS satellite tracks in magnetosphere: Satellite tracing performed as a post-processing step resulted in a single file named MMS.sat (actually containing MMS-1 data) instead of separate MMS1.sat through MMS4.sat files for each of the satellites. The problem was corrected and affected magnetosphere runs are being reprocessed.
  • Mar. 18, 2016

    Instant-run models MSIS-90 and NRLMSISE-00 have incorrectly reported values for the first position in a series. This problem came to our attention in October of 2015 and may have occurred long before that date. The model driver routines have been modified to correct this problem.
    In addition there are differences between results when a set of daily F10.7, 90-day F10.7 and daily Ap values is obtained automatically by the model and when those same parameters are entered into the request interface in a separate request. The cause of these differences is still being investigated.
  • Feb. 16, 2016

    During run requests for magnetosphere models in 2016, users were not offered a full list of available satellites to track. The affected request interface scripts (GM_process.php and GM_finalize.php) have been updated to use the new file location that is updated regularly.
  • Feb. 3, 2016

    Database access for request run searches was unavailable since the 28th of January. The problem has been corrected.
  • Nov. 20, 2015

    The file system holding Runs-on-Request model output data experienced serious problems leading to disconnection from the web server. This occurred from about 5 PM on Nov. 19, 2015 through 1 PM on Nov. 20 Eastern United States Standard Time (UT -5 hours).
  • Nov. 18, 2015

    Overview movies of simulation runs of the Magnetosphere (at X=0, Y=0, Z=0) and the ionosphere electrodynamics (ΣP, ΣH, Φ+V and JR+J in both hemispheres) are now limited to 250 frames so that they display more reliably. Movies showing long simulations may only represent a subset (say, one of every 10) of available output time steps.
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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