The European research project aiming to develop a fully automated solar-flare forecasting system with an unmatched accuracy compared to existing facilities


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June 8 Public Talk, Paris
June 15 Space Weather Workshop SF2A, Lyon
June 18-19 Science on a Table, Genova
June 27-28 Consortium Meeting, Genova
July 12-22 Children's Workshops, Windisch

The FLARECAST prediction system

will be one of the first fully automated forecasting systems for solar-flare prediction. It will extract the physical properties of solar active regions in near real-time and compare them to data from previous solar activity. The online tool will be of use to space-weather forecasters and researchers in Europe and around the world.

Flare forecasting

via FLARECAST uses state-of-the-art flare prediction methods based on advanced image processing techniques, prediction algorithms and machine learning.
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Active regions identified by the SMART algorithm. Each of the coloured contours contains more than 25 magnetic properties.
Credit: P. Higgins et al


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May 2016 First year expert review report
The overall impression is very positive.
May 2016 Transit of Mercury
FLARECAST partners organized public activities.
April 2016 Discussing European space projects at EGU
Manolis Georgoulis gave an invited talk.
April 2016 Kick-off WP6 in Meudon
Explorative research on the evolution of active region properties leading to flaring
April 2016 Steering committee
Neil Hurlburt agreed to presiding it. Thank you!
Feb 2016 First period report submitted
The project now moves from establishment to maturity phase.

Understanding flares

is fundamental to accurately predicting them. FLARECAST scientists investigate the properties of turbulent magnetic fields and the processes that lead to the release of enormous amounts of energy during a flare. We use data from the Solar Dynamic Observatory (SDO), such as magnetograms and white light images.
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Sonne Sonne
The latest images of the Sun. Click on the images for a larger view.
Left: sunspots in white light, right: magnetic fields. Credit: NASA/SDO

Space weather

can have detrimental effects upon a multitude of technologies on which we depend as part of our daily lives. Accurate and reliable space weather monitoring and forecasting helps those affected, such as satellite operators, to take appropriate timely measures to mitigate any impacts.
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