NASA Space Weather Research Center: Addressing the Unique Space Weather Needs of NASA Robotic Missions

Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Yihua Zheng1, Antti A Pulkkinen1, Maria M Kuznetsova1, Marlo M Maddox1, M. Leila Mays1,2, Aleksandre Taktakishvili1,2, Anna Chulaki1,2, Barbara J Thompson1, Yaireska M Collado-Vega1, Karin Muglach1,3, Rebekah M Evans4, Chiu Wiegand1, Peter J MacNeice1 and Lutz Rastaetter1, (1)NASA/GSFC, Greenbelt, MD, United States, (2)Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, United States, (3)Artep Inc., Ellicott City, MD, United States, (4)NASA GSFC/ORAU, Greenbelt, MD, United States
The Space Weather Research Center (SWRC) has been providing space weather monitoring and forecasting services to NASA’s robotic missions since its establishment in 2010. Embedded within the Community Coordinated Modeling Center (CCMC) (see Maddox et al. in Session IN026) and located at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, SWRC has easy access to state-of-the-art modeling capabilities and proximity to space science and research expertise. By bridging space weather users and the research community, SWRC has been a catalyst for the efficient transition from research to operations and operations to research. In this presentation, we highlight a few unique aspects of SWRC’s space weather services, such as addressing space weather throughout the solar system, pushing the frontier of space weather forecasting via the ensemble approach, providing direct personnel and tool support for spacecraft anomaly resolution, prompting development of multi-purpose tools and knowledge bases (see Wiegand et al. in the same session SM004), and educating and engaging the next generation of space weather scientists.