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NOAA Debuts New Space Weather Model

21 Jul 2021, 3:00 am

NOAA’s newest computer model is now operational and will help improve understanding of space weather events in additional to improving space weather forecasts.

The Whole Atmosphere Model and Ionosphere Plasmasphere Electrodynamics Model (WAM-IPE Model) will help forecasters provide better information to the public about impacts from a solar storm and help mitigation efforts across various economic sectors.

The model’s output can be viewed through the Space Weather Prediction Center website here.

The model is notable in that it will be the first to attempt to predict how Earth’s upper atmosphere will respond to solar and geomagnetic storms. It will also help predict Total Electron Content, which is important for communication and navigation systems. The new neutral density field product will aid in orbit prediction and space situational awareness for satellite operators and ground tracking systems.

The model will likely be used more frequently through Solar Cycle 25, which is expected to see solar activity increase, though its still expected to be a fairly weak solar cycle. The peak of Solar Cycle 25 is expected in July of 2025.

You can read the full release about the new computer model and applications here.

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