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Assessing the quality of models of the ambient solar wind

MacNeice, P., Jian, L. K., Antiochos, S. K., Arge, C. N., Bussy-Virat, C. D., DeRosa, M. L., Jackson, B. V., Linker, J. A., Mikic, Z., Owens, M. J. ORCID:, Ridley, A. J., Riley, P., Savani, N. and Sokolov, I. (2018) Assessing the quality of models of the ambient solar wind. Space Weather, 16 (11). pp. 1644-1667. ISSN 1542-7390

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1029/2018SW002040


In this paper we present an assessment of the status of models of the global Solar Wind in the inner heliosphere. We limit our discussion to the class of models designed to provide solar wind forecasts, excluding those designed for the purpose of testing physical processes in idealized configurations. In addition, we limit our discussion to modeling of the ‘ambient’ wind in the absence of coronal mass ejections. In this assessment we cover use of the models both in forecast mode and as tools for scientific research. We present a brief history of the development of these models, discussing the range of physical approximations in use. We discuss the limitations of the data inputs available to these models and its impact on their quality. We also discuss current model development trends.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Meteorology
ID Code:80019
Publisher:American Geophysical Union


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