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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 bootcamp 2018

A weeklong summer Space Weather REDI bootcamp will be held on June 4-8, 2018 at NASA GSFC. It will acquaint participants with the basics of space weather forecasting and include hands-on forecasting exercises. Find out more about the SW REDI initative and register to attend the bootcamp early as spaces are limited.

2018 internships at NASA

CCMC provides multiple summer internship opportunities in 2018. Undergraduate students majoring in physics and astronomy and wishing to become space weather forecasters can apply for the 2018 summer space weather forecasting internship with the CCMC (held at NASA, GSFC). There are also internships for students interested in software development. Application deadline for these internships is March 16, 2018. Find out more about our educational initatives.

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.
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CEDAR-GEM Modeling Challenge

CEDAR-GEM Modeling Challenge Session was held in June at the 2017 CEDAR Workshop in Keystone, CO.
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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 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

CCMC begins collaboration with ESA’s SPENVIS Team

The CCMC is now collaborating with ESA’s SPace ENVironment Information System (SPENVIS) team to interlink space weather models and tools hosted by each group. Click here to learn more

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:

  • Mar. 13, 2018

  • Solar wind data inputs for CMIT-LFM magnetosphere model run requests may have contained zero solar wind temperaure or density values. These are now floored with 10000 K and 0.1 cm-3, respectively.
  • Mar. 12, 2018

  • Long Movie-on-Request runs ("Create GIF movie" section in run_idl3d.cgi) are now limited to 48 hours (2 days) of execution time to ensure that tar archives are created before images and output files are deleted on the system (after two days). Please submit several requests if processing a simulation time interval takes longer (this may apply for plots with magnetic topology rendered at high resolution).
  • Mar. 9, 2018

  • The Earth View plot mode is currntly broken in visualizations of two-dimensional ionosphere-electrodynamics models (using run_iono2d.cgi). Colors look random at this time.
    In visualizations of three-dimensional ionosphere-thermosphere model outputs (GITM, TIE-GCM, CTIPe) the Surface Plot 2D plot mode selection resulted in the display of Earth View images.
    An attempt made on Mar. 7 to correct the issue affected the default ColorContour 2D and related plots. The issue has been corrected and all plots modes now are rendered as expected.
    Even though GIF images of Earth View plots appear incorrect, the Encapsiulated Postcript (EPS) image provided seem correct.
  • Mar 7, 2018

  • A problem is occurring in data printouts when a user selects the Surface 2D plot mode in visualizations of 3D ionosphere-thermosphere data. In addition, the rendered plot is an Earth View plot usually reserved for 2D ionosphere electrodynamics outputs.
  • Feb. 21, 2018

  • We are experiencing sporadic problems with registering new runs in the Runs-on-Request database tables. We are investigating the cause. Please report errors you encounter when following links in your run completion notifications.
    In 3D Flowlines plots of run-on-request model outputs of the magnetosphere, some user-defined flow or field line traces may have been dropped from the text file outputs. The writer that creates the text files in the tar archive of flow line data was using a different (possibly larger) value for the near-Earth boundary of the simulation domain, compared to the visualization.
  • Feb. 20, 2018

  • During the week of Feb. 13, 2018 several users reported problems with the online visualization of run-on-request outputs. The problems were caused by an accidental version roll-back of the CCMC Visualization package. Program files have now been restored from a Feb. 6, 2018 backup and changes made since that date have been applied to the restored version.
  • Jan. 30, 2018

  • Positions in selected plots available: Positions are available in plots with a contour layer from 3D model data (generated by run_idl3d.cgi) and ionosphere electrodynamics (generated by run_iono2d.cgi). Positions are seen when hovering the mouse pointer inside the plot area(s) of the image and clicking saves them for future use.
  • Jan. 29, 2018

  • The title information entered by users for most simulation runs of the magnetosphere is now available. This applies to runs back to November 2011. The title data can now be used in sorting. The field will be added to the advanced search capability soon.
  • Jan. 11, 2018

  • Output files with field line positions and magnetic field output of the Tsyganenko instant run model became unavailable due to a change in the CCMC web site's configuration.
    The change was undone and the text files can again be accessed from the results page (tsyganenko_results.php).
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