J. Space Weather Space Clim.
Volume 11, 2021
Topical Issue - 10 years of JSWSC
|Number of page(s)||55|
|Published online||13 August 2021|
Agora – Project report
What sustained multi-disciplinary research can achieve: The space weather modeling framework
Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering (CLaSP), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
2 Geospace Physics Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA
3 Department of Radio Science and Engineering, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland
4 Department of Physics, University of Texas at Arlington, TX 76019, USA
* Corresponding author: email@example.com
Accepted: 20 May 2021
Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD)-based global space weather models have mostly been developed and maintained at academic institutions. While the “free spirit” approach of academia enables the rapid emergence and testing of new ideas and methods, the lack of long-term stability and support makes this arrangement very challenging. This paper describes a successful example of a university-based group, the Center of Space Environment Modeling (CSEM) at the University of Michigan, that developed and maintained the Space Weather Modeling Framework (SWMF) and its core element, the BATS-R-US extended MHD code. It took a quarter of a century to develop this capability and reach its present level of maturity that makes it suitable for research use by the space physics community through the Community Coordinated Modeling Center (CCMC) as well as operational use by the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC).
Key words: Space weather / Solar flares and CMEs / Scientific computing / Space plasma physics / MHD
© T.I. Gombosi et al., Published by EDP Sciences 2021
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