Heliophysics Summer School 2013


Heliophysics Laboratory Primer

This primer has been created to help you to:

  1. use the CCMC tools designed to interrogate Heliophysics models at CCMC, and
  2. obtain a top level view of the connectivity and naming of regions and parameters that comprize the heliophysics system.

Please do not hesitate to contact CCMC staff if you are experiencing difficulties with the Laboratory Primer and/or to ask questions about CCMC tools and services:

The highest level picture of the Heliophysics system shows three components - the Sun, the solar wind, and the magnetosphere while buried inside the magnetosphere is the ionosphere and thermosphere. Click for the specific primer:


Please click here to launch/download the most current version of

Space Weather Explorer 2 (SWX2)

This program requires Oracle's version of Java, available here: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html. Download the appropriate JRE version for your platform. Mac OSX users can use the operating system's bundled version of Java.

Introduction to CCMC tools and services

How to request a model run

How to analyze simulation results Integrated Space Weather Analysis System (ISWA) (lead developer Marlo Maddox)

Space Weather throughout the Solar System

"Interplanetary Space Weather: A New Paradigm", by Madhulika Guhathakurta, NASA HQ

Background solar wind

Enlil model

Solar Minimum: Nicholas_Gross_052511_SH_2

Solar Maximum: Nicholas_Gross_071411_SH_1

March 5-23, 2012 Flaring Sunspot

July 23rd 2012 Super CME

Enlil Cone Model Simulations:

iSWA Layout for July 2nd, July 12, and July 23rd 2012

iSWA Layout for March 15, 2013 (St. Patricks day geomagnetic storm)

Results of global MHD simulations of St. Patricks day storm impact on the magnetosphere

Results of CTIPe simulations of St. Patricks day storm impact on the ionosphere


What if the Earth was at the STEREO A location during the July 23rd 2012 event?

Global magnetosphere simulations with solar wind parameters observed at STEREO A (with exception of solar wind density, that is taken from the Enlil cone model simulations)

Global magnetosphere simulations with artificial conditions

Quiet solar wind conditions at the Earth: Distance from the Sun = 1 au, Dipole Tilt = 11 deg, Vx = 400 km/s, T= 20000 keV, Vy=Vz=0, Bx=By=0


The Earth's magnetosphere at different distances from the Sun for quiet solar wind conditions:

At 1 au: Vx = 400 km/s, T= 20000 keV, Vy=Vz=0, Bx=By=0, N=5nT, Bz= - 5nT Normal Earth magnetic moment Dm_Earth, and dipole tilt equal to 11 deg:


The Earth magnetic dipole have a different tile angle:

The role of ionosphere conductance


The Earth magnetic moment differ from the normal value Dm_Earth