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The COSPAR ISWAT initiative for open validation analysis of ambient solar wind models

Martin Reiss - Space Research Institute, Graz, Austria; Manuela Temmer - University of Graz, Graz, Austria, Austria; Karin Muglach - NASA Goddard, Greenbelt, USA, United States; Maria Kuznetsova - CCMC, NASA Goddard, USA, United States; Peter MacNeice - CCMC, NASA Goddard, USA, United States; Richard Mullinix - CCMC, NASA Goddard, USA, United States; Rui Pinto - IRAP, France, France; Charles N. Arge - Heliophysics Science Division, NASA Goddard, USA, United States; Sergio Dasso - IAFE/DCAO-FCEN, UBA-CONICET, Argentina, Argentina; Chiu Wiegand - CCMC, NASA Goddard, USA, United States; Lan Jian - NASA, United States; Christian Möstl - Space Research Institute, Graz, Austria, Austria; Evangelia Samara - Royal Observatory of Belgium and KU Leuven, Belgium, Belgium; Camilla Scolini - KU Leuven, Belgium, Belgium; Barbara Perri - Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale - IAS, France, France; Mathew Owens - University of Reading, UK, United Kingdom; Pete Riley - Predictive Science Inc., USA, United States; Rachel Bailey - ZAMG Austria, Austria

Session: The solar sources of space weather


Comprehensive validation analysis is instrumental for driving innovation in ambient solar wind modelling and forecast. First and foremost, it is needed to inform developers and users about the strengths and weaknesses of the solar wind models, and also to provide an unbiased assessment of progress over time. Here we present the Ambient Solar Wind Validation Team embedded in the COSPAR ISWAT initiative to establish an online hub for validation analysis of ambient solar wind models allowing developers and end-users to assess the quality of state-of-the-art model solutions. Focusing on the space weather community needs, we present a metadata architecture including validation metrics and integrate them into the CAMEL (Comprehensive Assessment of Models and Events using Library Tools) web application hosted by NASA's Community Coordinated Modelling Center. We use CAMEL to compare model predictions with in situ measurements at Earth in terms of point-to-point statistics and event-based metrics. Our activities are coordinated with ISWAT's Coronal Hole Boundary Team. In this presentation, we will discuss the main challenges we face in the realization of our objectives, and present the status and the roadmap of our space weather community initiative.

Approaching deadlines:

Registration opens:

16 July 2020

Abstract submission opens:

16 July 2020

European Space Weather Medals:

6 September 2020

Registration deadline:

25 September 2020

Registration deadline: [extended]

10 October 2020

Abstract submission deadline:

4 September 2020