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Community Coordinated Modeling Center 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.

International Forum for SW Capabilities Assessment

Take part in the International Forum for Space Weather Capabilities Assessment by joining a working team. The forum aims to address the challenges in model-data comparisons and evaluate the current state of space environment predictive capabilities. >>Forum info | Forum TEAMS and TOPICS

Space Weather REDI forecasting training

The last SW REDI Bootcamp (in June of 2018) acquainted participants with the basics of space weather forecasting and included hands-on forecasting exercises.
2018 Bootcamp TUTORIALS | 2019 Forecaster Training TUTORIALS

CCMC at the 14th European Space Weather Week

Three working teams (3D CME Kinematics, CME arrival time, IMF Bz at L1) from the International Forum for SW Capabilities Assessment lead Topical Discussion Meetings at the 14th European Space Weather Week: Advance Predictions of Solar Wind Conditions at L1: Quantifying Performance. (agenda and materials). The radiation working teams were involved in a Topical Discussion Meeting: How to assess space environment models’ capability in satellite impact analysis. The ionosphere working teams were involved in Topical Discussion Meetings: Assessment of ionospheric prediction capabilities: challenges in data-model comparisons, Atmospheric Effects topical group meeting.

CEDAR Grand Challenge

CCMC is supporting the CEDAR Grand Challenge: Storms and Substorms Without Borders (SSWB). The CEDAR Grand Challenge Session was held in June at the 2017 CEDAR Workshop in Keystone, CO.
Click here to learn more

CEDAR-GEM Modeling Challenge

CEDAR-GEM Modeling Challenge Session was held in June at the 2017 CEDAR Workshop in Keystone, CO.
Click here to learn more

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 and presentations from the mid-tail modeling challenge session at the 2016 GEM Summer Workshop are available.
Find details here

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

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 in CCMC collaborations

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. >>About Space Weather Database | DONKI webservice API | iSWA webservice API

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

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:

  • May 28, 2019

    The ap.dat file used by NRLMSISe00 instant runs was missing data from May 1, 2018 through September 30, 2018 causing requests for dates after April 30, 2018 to be invalid and the model to fail for dates after Oct. 15, 2018.
    The data file was corrected and the valid end date for the request interface was set to March 17, 2019. The date reflects data available through April 30, 2019 and allowing for the calculation of the 90-day average of F10.7 by the model (subtracting 44 days from the last date).
  • May 21, 2019

    Polar plots of CTIPe, USU-GAIM and IRI outputs may have become cut off at the dawn-dusk line in each hemisphere starting with the second frame of a movie request. The readers for these models have been corrected to avoid this problem in the future.
    In addition, polar plots with continents are now available for these models.
  • May 20, 2019

    In online visualizations of IRI request runs, the He+ number density (N_He+) was erroneously named the same as the electron density (N_e). Thus, values of N_He+ showed up in plots instead of N_e.
  • May 13, 2019

    Two parameters for the instant-run IRI-2016 model were changed to match defaults used by the 2012 model version: The "auroral boundary" option is now set to "ON" and "E-peak auroral storm model" is set to "OFF". 3-hour Kp values are only calculated (from AP values) when the "auroral boundary" parameter is ON.
  • May 10, 2019

    Kp, Ap, and F10.7 input data for MSIS-90, NRLMSISe-00 and IRI are now obtained using KP-AP files from GFZ Potsdam and the F10.7 fluxtable from Canada.
    MSIS-90 and NRLMSISe-00 inputs (ap.dat) now cover dates through 2019/04/30 and IRI inputs (apf107.dat with 81-day and 365-day F10.7 averages) cover dates through 2018/10/30.
  • May 9, 2019

    The polar plot option available for 3D ionosphere-thermosphere models now creates correct color contour plots for GITM simulations.
    Tests have shown that vector arrows may be missing in the southern hemisphere and the nightside may be cut off in the second and subsequent frames in movie requests generated from CTIPe simulations.
    We are investigating the causes of these errors.

    It was discovered that CMIT-TIEGCM ionosphere-thermosphere outputs were not accessible via online visualization for LFM magnetosphere simulation runs that use TIEGCM as the ionosphere model.
    A bug in the magnetosphere run publication script has been corrected and all (about 30) affected runs were re-processed to provide the visualization links.

  • May 8, 2019

    MSISe instant runs were unavailable after an attempt to update KP and AP data corrupted the ap.dat file on May 6. MSISe instant runs have been restored on May 8 after a user alerted us.
  • May 6, 2019

    It was noted that Kp and Ap index data used for IRI and (NRL-)MSISe instant runs have not been updated since April of 2018. NOAA SWPC has stopped updating yearly files containing KP, AP, Sunspot Number and F10.7 data. They have referred us to GFZ Potsdam who provide similar files but without the columns with Sunsplot Number and F10.7 data.
    We are working on assembling index files suitable for IRI and MSIS models from GFZ KP-AP files and F10.7 from other sources.
  • Apr. 17, 2019

    Run-on-Request outputs of stand-alone CIMI simulations using the run_timeseries.cgi interface always returned electron fluxes for a given simulation run request. The interface has been updated to properly support CIMI results and render proton and oxygen ion outputs when the respective visualization link was followed for the ion species.
    The support in the timeseries visualization of CIMI outputs in SWMF simulations with CIMI inner magnetosphere is still being developed.

    A glitch in publication caused results from runs submitted between Oct. 18, 2018 through Nov. 24, 2018 to become masked by newer runs. The problem was introduced on Feb. 5, 2019 and has been corrected.
    Model name and run name listed at the top of visualization forms should match your run name and requested model. If the model or run name are wrong, contact us so we can correct the CCMC visualization links provided with your run's web page.

  • Apr. 2, 2019

    The run submission procedure for the Weimer, Cosgrove-PF, and Ovation-Prime ionosphere models caused the last solar wind density value of the input time series to be listed as the first density value in run result pages. The same bug was also found in run requests of inner magnetosphere models (RCM, CIMI, Tsyganenko).
    The issue has been corrected and all affected runs have been reprocessed to list the correct parameter in the database.
    The model themselves used the correct solar wind values and results were not affected.
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