U-M receives grants to improve solar storm forecasting software

By | September 3, 2020
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Solar storms and other space weather events have the potential to impact society on a national or global scale. U-M researchers lead two multimillion-dollar projects to improve forecasting by developing next-generation space weather modeling software. Funded by the National Science Foundation and NASA, the U-M projects aim to accurately predict solar storms and coronal mass ejections and to improve models of Earth’s upper atmosphere.

“U-M has a long tradition of developing high quality computational models and software for space and plasma physics,” said Vyacheslav Lukin, NSF program director in the Division of Physics. “These awards will enable U-M research groups to both reimagine the software for tomorrow’s supercomputing hardware, and make the new codes widely available to be used and further improved upon by the global space weather modeling community.”