Last Updated: 09/09/2022



There is a large and growing number of models with different algorithms, data sources and levels of approximation being applied to study the corona and inner heliosphere. Recognizing this, at a special session of the SHINE Workshop in the summer of 2011, the community decided to establish a systematic effort to compare these different models and evaluate their absolute and relative performance. It was decided to define a set of test problems to be run by the models and to develop web-based support for the submission, analysis and public dissemination of the results of these model runs. The principal goals of this model comparison are to:

  • Evaluate the current state of the coronal and inner heliospheric models and track model improvements over time.
  • Facilitate interaction between the research and operation communities.
  • Facilitate collaboration among modelers and data providers and research communities.
  • Facilitate further model improvement.


The initial call for submission of model results was emailed to the community on February 14, 2012.

The second call regarding the SHINE workgroup session was sent out on June 11, 2012.

Subsequent sessions were held at SHINE in 2012 and 2014.

At SHINE 2014, the session focused on two principal themes, a review of the existing web-based design and approach of the project, and the impact that the adoption of time-dependent magnetogram input data will have on this class of models and their validation.

Please send questions, comments and suggestions to Peter MacNeice and Aleksandre Taktakishvili.

To participate in the model comparison please submit your model results using the submission option below.

Information About the Study

Selected Case Studies

  • Event 1: Carrington Rotation 2058 - Ambient Corona
  • Event 2: Carrington Rotation 2062 - Ambient Corona
  • Event 101: Carrington Rotation 2058 - Ambient Inner Heliosphere
  • Event 102: Carrington Rotation 2062 - Ambient Inner Heliosphere

List of postprocessing diagnostics

Diagnostic 1: Full Disk EUV Images

  • AIA-94
  • AIA-131
  • AIA-171
  • AIA-193
  • AIA-211
  • AIA-304
  • AIA-335
  • Stereo-171
  • Stereo-195
  • Stereo-284
  • Stereo-304
  • EIT-171
  • EIT-195
  • EIT-284
  • EIT-304

Diagnostic 2: Synthetic Heliographic Images

  • LASCO-C2
  • LASCO-C3
  • Stereo-A-COR1
  • Stereo-A-COR2
  • Stereo-A-HI1
  • Stereo-A-HI2
  • Stereo-B-COR1
  • Stereo-B-COR2
  • Stereo-B-HI1
  • Stereo-B-HI2

Diagnostic 3: Solution Timelines

  • OMNI-density
  • OMNI-windspeed
  • OMNI-magnetic_field_strength
  • OMNI-magnetic_field_polarity
  • Ulysses-windspeed
  • Ulysses-density
  • Ulysses-Br
  • Ulysses-Bt
  • Ulysses-Bn
  • Stereo-A-windspeed
  • Stereo-A-ion-temperature
  • Stereo-A-density
  • Stereo-A-Bx
  • Stereo-A-By
  • Stereo-A-Bz
  • Stereo-B-windspeed
  • Stereo-B-ion_temperature
  • Stereo-B-density
  • Stereo-B-Bx
  • Stereo-B-By
  • Stereo-B-Bz

File Format Instruction (data cube)

The above approved file format is strongly suggested. If you cannot submit your data in the approved file format please indicate so during your submission.

Note: Data files submitted in the approved format can be automatically processed by our processing scripts.

Call to Participate

Submission Info

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Study Results

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