Research Contents

Steering Committee

Objective

 The steering committee intends to maximize the research results of the project by collaborating with the research groups and proposal-based research units. Thus, we will able to determine the appropriate research strategy from a broad perspective and achieve effective management based on an objective self-evaluation. Moreover, we will strengthen cooperation within related academic communities, industries, as well as international partners, as well as promote the development of human resources that could guide the study from a point of view that connects both science and society. Furthermore, we will play an active role in disseminating the research to the public as a whole.

Plan

 The steering committee will coordinate the organic cooperation of the research groups and proposal-based research units. Moreover, we will summarize the research results to create an assessment report of severe space weather disasters. In addition, we will organize domestic and international symposiums, as well as conduct summer school classes to contribute to the improvement of solar-terrestrial studies. Furthermore, we will promote the support of young scientists, the outreach activities, and the application of space weather prediction in cooperation with project members.

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A01 Group: Space Weather Forecast System

Objective

 Space weather affects telecommunications, broadcasts, satellite navigation, satellite operation, and the power grid. Social infrastructure has developed without any consideration of space weather effects; thus, once a severe space weather phenomenon occurs, the impact on human society could be considerable. Recently, the International Civil Aviation Organization cited the use of space weather information as one of the indispensable meteorological data sets. This highlights the requirement for an increase in space weather information; however, at present, space weather research in Japan is primarily academic and does not provide useful information to the public.  In this study, our aim is to construct frameworks for robust social infrastructures against space weather disasters, on the basis of cutting-edge scientific results by joining the forces of scientists and relevant business leaders. Moreover, from a scientists’ perspective, we expect to determine research targets that fit societal requirements.  One of the characteristics of this project is to promote the utility of space weather data as useful information in society by establishing interactive communication between the researchers and the users. The A01 group is working toward investigating and adjusting its scientific goals for alignment with the user’s needs. In addition, the A01 group is working to connect with the other planning research groups.

Plan

 A01 plans to work on the following themes concerning the interactive communication system: (1) addressing the gap that exists between the scientific products provided by the A02–04 groups and the requirement of the users, the government, and companies; and (2) discussing the connection between the model and the simulation code provided by A02–04 in view of societal utilizations and feedback for improvements by their researchers. Note that we will have regular meetings to discuss these issues with the government and business users of space weather data.

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A02 Group: Solar Storms

Objective

 The space environment surrounding the Earth is a violent world filled with ultraviolet and X-ray radiations, high-energy particles, and a wind of magnetized plasma emanating from the Sun. The behaviors of all of these elements change drastically with time, and it is now known that the “solar-terrestrial environment” causes significant impacts on the environment of the Earth and human society. This project aims to improve our capability for predicting the solar-terrestrial environment by understanding the mechanism of solar explosions and the propagation of the consequent disturbances to the Earth using physics-based models. To this end, we pursue the following scientific objectives:

  1. Develop a reliable scheme for predicting the occurrence of large-scale solar explosions by identifying its trigger mechanism using high-precision measurements of the magnetic fields on the Sun and advanced modeling based on physical principles.
  2. Establish a methodology for forecasting solar storms that reach the Earth within several hours of the occurrence of the solar explosion by combining optical and radio observations and advanced modeling of the solar wind, CME, and high-energy particles.

In addition to these objectives, we will pursue the following as an extended goal:

  1. Form the basis for a next-generation space weather forecasting using a scheme for predicting the occurrence of large solar flares in a quantitative way from the synergetic combination of observations and modeling.

 Facilities for solar observation to be used in this project are now operational at individual institutions, and some of the observing systems to be updated are ready for development. Outcomes from this project will be widely distributed to the public via social media and web pages in close collaboration with the management team of PSTEP.

Plan

The science objectives of this project will be achieved by observing the evolution of the magnetic fields in the solar photosphere and chromosphere before explosions, by observing the ascending motions of erupting filaments, and by observing the shock waves and coronal mass ejection (CME) propagating in the corona as a whole; moreover, this would be possible by coordinating with the observation facilities located at participating institutions and universities. The observed processes will then be reproduced using numerical modeling based on magnetohydrodynamics. First, Hinode will be used to obtain the photospheric magnetic fields at the highest precision available to date while NAOJ will observe the chromospheric magnetic field. Then, the data will be compared with a recently developed numerical model of flares to understand the mechanism of the explosion. In this manner, an effective methodology for predicting flare occurrences will be developed. Second, the occurrence and propagation of CME will be observed closely by multiple institutions. The ascending velocity of erupting filaments will be observed by the SMART telescope at Kyoto University; shock waves excited in the corona will be observed by the new monitoring system of the solar radio burst at NICT; and CME propagating toward the Earth will be observed by the inter-planetary scintillation observing system at Nagoya University. These data will provide the initial conditions for precise numerical modeling based on magneto-hydrodynamics and the kinematics of high-energy particles; thus, the disturbance of the solar wind and the variation of the solar proton flux at Earth’s orbit will be quantitatively predicted. In this project, we will update two observing systems to provide advanced data sets on solar eruptions: a new high-sensitivity infrared camera will be installed on the magnetograph at NAOJ to improve sensitivity to the chromospheric magnetic field by a factor of five compared to before, and a new Doppler imaging system will be installed at Hida observatory at Kyoto University to capture for the first time the dynamic motion of erupting filaments moving toward the Earth.

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A03 Group: Geospace Dynamics

Objective

 Disturbances from the Sun and the solar wind cause several severe variations in Geospace: enhancement of energetic particles in the Van Allen belts; deep penetration of solar protons; electron density variations at ionospheric altitudes such as plasma bubbles; and geomagnetically induced current (GIC). These space weather phenomena are considered as natural disasters that could cause severe impacts on our modern life and serious damage to our modern infrastructure, including malfunctioning of satellites, blackout of telecommunications, and catastrophic disruption of power grids. The aim of this research group is to develop models and forecast systems to evaluate how space weather phenomena (space radiation environment, ionospheric density disturbances, and GIC) vary along with the variations of the Sun and the solar wind. Moreover, this research group will try to improve forecasting skills by comparing model/forecast systems and observations. We will use the new observation data from the Japanese ERG satellite that will be launched in 2016; the ionospheric disturbance data from the ground-based multi-points network, which is the largest ground-based network in the world; and the GIC data from collaborative studies with the power company. Experts in both satellite/ground-based observations and simulations will be a part of this team, which is essential for positive research by integrating modeling/forecasts with the observations. This group will contribute to forecasting of radiation exposure to astronauts, as well as positioning errors, GIF, and alerts to the radio wave communications that are closely related to our modern life, which will be available to the public through the A01 group. Our group’s results will also contribute to sustaining our modern way of life, which is clearly different from the objectives of previously conducted space weather research.

Plan

 The aim of this research group is to develop models and forecast systems to evaluate how space weather phenomena (space radiation environment, ionospheric density disturbances, and GIC) vary along with the variations of the Sun and solar wind. Many phenomena in Geospace have been modeled and are well understood using magnetohydrodynamics (MHD); however, MHD is not always sufficient to understand these phenomena. This research group consists of sub-research groups for space radiation, ionospheric disturbances, and GIC. Each sub-research group will develop component models for each phenomenon and attempt to forecast their variations along with the variations of the Sun and solar wind.  The space radiation sub-group will develop a physics-based model of the radiation belts based on a quasi-linear approach and nonlinear simulations to calculate wave particle interactions and the acceleration of energetic particles. Subsequently, this model will be used to forecast space radiation. The ionosphere sub-group will integrate a component model that can calculate mesoscale phenomena such as plasma bubbles in the ionosphere to a global model that has already been developed by other members. Note that the component model will be used to forecast ionospheric disturbances triggered by solar flares and the generation and propagation of plasma bubbles that could cause a blackout of radio communications. The GIC sub-group will estimate the global GIC distributions using the magnetosphere/ionosphere currents. Moreover, this sub-group will develop accurate mapping of ground-conductivity around Japan and will reveal where strong GICs triggered by solar wind disturbances can be observed in Japan.  The performance of the models developed in this group will be evaluated via a quantitative comparison with the data from the ERG satellite observations, the ground-network observations for ionosphere/thermosphere, and the GIC, which will be essential for improving the model.

Schematic figure indicating various space weather phenomena in Geospace. Large enhancements of high-energy particles, variations of ionospheric electron density, and GIC occur along with the Sun and solar wind disturbances, which significantly impact our modern life, e.g., malfunctioning of satellites, disruption of telecommunications, and blackouts.
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Computer simulation of a plasma bubble at ionospheric altitude (Yokoyama et al., J. Geophys. Res., 2014). The strong density gradients of the plasma bubble occur because of the plasma instability, which causes ionospheric scintillation. We will attempt to forecast the generation and propagation of such ionospheric bubbles.
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The Geospace exploration satellite ERG, which will be launched in 2016. The satellite will observe plasma/particles in a wide energy range as well as electric/magnetic fields (copyright: ERG project)

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A04 Group: Solar Cycle Activity and Impact on Climate

Group A04:

Prediction of solar cyclic activity and evaluation of its impact on climate and the environment of the Earth

Objective

 The 11-year solar cycles and the longer-term variations of solar activity, such as the Maunder Minimum in the 17th century, are possible natural causes of climate variability (Figure 1). However, we have not yet achieved sufficient scientific understanding of how various elements associated with solar activity might affect the terrestrial environment and climate. This lack of understanding results in one of the major causes of uncertainty in future climate simulation. The activity of Solar Cycle 24, which is the current solar cycle, is considered to be the least since Cycle 14, which had a maximum in 1906. However, the reasons for such an anomalously inactive cycle are still unknown. Note that predicting the next solar cycle is essential for predicting the “solar-terrestrial environment” for the next several decades; moreover, constructing a scientific infrastructure for this purpose is urgently required.  This group aims to develop a prediction scheme for the activity level of the next solar cycle by combining the latest solar dynamo models and the most accurate measurements of solar magnetic fields. We will also apply our prediction scheme to long-term variations of solar activity and investigate the possibility of a grand minimum such as the Maunder Minimum in the foreseeable future. Moreover, we will implement the solar related effect (e.g., galactic cosmic rays and long-term change in the total solar irradiance as well as spectral solar irradiance) into the atmospheric part of the Meteorological Research Institute Earth system model. Note that improved climate model simulations will help identify the main physical mechanisms for how fluctuations in the solar activity affect the weather and climate system.

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Plan

 For this study, we will develop a new scheme of solar cycle prediction and study the influence of solar variability on the Earth’s climate using modern sophisticated observations and numerical simulations. Our basic aims are as follows: 1) predict the next solar cycle (Cycle 25) using modern solar observations and numerical simulations, and 2) clarify the physical processes by which the solar variability influence the Earth’s climate. Furthermore, we will investigate the physical mechanism of longer-timescale solar variability (a few hundred years). Moreover, we will conduct numerical reproduction experiments, which will include the influence of solar variability on the Earth’s climate. Research plans of subgroups are as follows:

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Solar cycle prediction:
  • Detailed analyses of solar magnetic fields measured by the Hinode satellite and the infrared spectropolarimeter at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan.
  • Solar Cycle 25 prediction using the kinematic dynamo simulation based on the observation parameters (Figure 2).
Solar radiation and cosmic rays:
  • Estimation of long-term solar UV radiation based on analyses of solar chromospheric images since 1910.
  • Clarification of the relationship between solar activity and solar spectral irradiance.
  • Detailed analyses of the variations of galactic cosmic ray flux in the past based on measurements of cosmogenic nuclides in tree rings, ice cores, and lake sediments.
Solar influence on the terrestrial climate:
  • Implementation of atmospheric processes related to solar activity into MRI-ESM (Figure 3)
  • Performance verification and evaluation by observation data and typical case simulation data based on the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project phase 6, which will be performed for the next IPCC assessment report.

 Furthermore, in collaboration with these coordinated subgroups as well as other public research groups, we will promote research on prediction of solar cycle activity and evaluation of its impact on the climate and environment of the Earth to develop a new field of science. Figure 1. Variation of sunspot numbers during the past 400 years. Figure 2. Physical processes of solar variability and its prediction (Nandy et al., 2011) Figure 3. Solar influence on weather and climate systems via some elements based on Gray et al. (2010).

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Research Units (proposal-based)2016-2017

Akinori Saito/A01(Kyoto University)
Assessment and correction of influence of ionospheric disturbances on space-borne synthetic aperture radar measurments

Various types of disturbances are generated in the ionosphere by the variability of the energy inputs from the solar activity and the lower atmosphere to the Earth’s upper atmosphere. The sporadic and sudden change of the plasma density disturbances affects on the radio wave propagation through the ionosphere. Several social infrastructure systems such as global navigation satellite system and satellite communication/broadcast systems suffer from the propagation delay and interference of their radio waves. One of the systems that are influenced by the space weather phenomena is satellite-borne Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) system. In this study, the ionospheric data will be investigated to assess influence of ionospheric disturbances on space-borne SAR measurements. The method to correct the ionospheric effect on the SAR data will be also studied. This study will contribute to establish the social system that is robust to the variability of the solar-terrestrial environment.

Hiroshi Yasuda/A01(Hiroshima University)
Sharing of the Real-Time Data on Cosmic Radiation Exposure in the Solar-Terrestrial Environment

As one of the critical subjects of the A01 ‘Forecast System’ group, this study is focusing on making a computer program to determine radiation exposure doses from solar energetic particles in aviation and space immediately after a large-scale solar flare happens. In more details, neutron monitoring data placed on the ground in polar regions and flux data of solar particles measured using satellites are to be collected in real time with 5-min intervals and, accordingly, radiation dose rate at any point and time in the solar terrestrial environment (including an atmospheric environment) could be estimated and shared within several hours after a ground level enhancement (GLE) of cosmic radiations is detected. The estimated doses and relevant guides would be used for avoiding potential radiation exposures, e.g., by rescheduling of air flights.

Tetsu Anan/A02(Kyoto University)
The ideal spectral line for coronal coronal magnetic field modeling

Solar flares and coronal mass ejections that change solar-terrestrial environment are interpreted as releases of magnetic energy stored in the solar corona. The magnetic field in the solar corona is extrapolated from the field in the solar photosphere, because it is difficult to measure the coronal field. Recently, it is possible to measure the magnetic field in the chromosphere, which is interface between the photosphere and the corona. In this study, we develop a new spectro-polarimeter of the Domeless Solar Telescope at Hida Observatory to measure the magnetic field in the photosphere, upper photosphere, the chromosphere, and upper chromosphere, simultaneously. By applying coronal field modeling method to the measured magnetic field map, and comparing coronal loops, which seem to display field lines, we study which spectral line gives us the most precise coronal field extrapolation.

Kyoko Watanabe/A02(National Defense Academy of Japan)
Total solar flare spectra model

 Impulsive energy release phenomena, such as solar flares, sometimes affect to the solar-terrestrial environment. We usually use the soft X-ray flux as the index of flare scale. However, the magnitude of the effect to the solar-terrestrial environment is not proportional to the GOES X-ray class. To identify the relationship between solar flare phenomena and influence to the solar-terrestrial environment, we need to understand the full spectrum of solar flares. For this purpose, we are performing statistical analysis of electromagnetic spectra of solar flares.
 In this study, we will discuss the relationship between the fundamental flare parameters (such as the GOES X-ray class, flare duration etc.) and the flux of other emissions (whole electromagnetic spectrum from radio to gamma-ray and/or energetic particles). We will also compare this statistical result with the radiation obtained from one-dimensional hydrodynamic numerical simulation. We plan to develop the model that can estimate total spectrum of electromagnetic radiation and high energy particles from solar flares without spectral observations.

Takuo Tsuda/A03( University of Electro-Communications) Investigation into metallic ions/atoms variation induced by energetic particle precipitation

The sporadic E (Es) layer is an ionospheric disturbance. Since the Es layer can affect HF radio communications, it is important to understand variation in the Es layer and to make its prediction. In this study, we focus on metallic ions, which are major ion compositions of the Es layer, as well as metallic atoms, which are reservoirs of the metallic ions. Based on satellite data, we investigate energetic particle precipitation (EPP) effects to variation in the metallic ions and atoms. We have a consideration on the ion-chemistry to estimate the metallic ions variation induced by the EPP. In this way, we are going to make a contribution to understanding the ionospheric disturbances such as the Es layer in collaboration with the A03 group, which would be useful for promoting its prediction research.

Hitoshi Hasegawa/A04(Nagoya University)
 Reconstruction of decadal-scale climate change and its relation to Solar activity during the Cretaceous

It has been suggested that alterations and cyclic fluctuations in Solar activity may be linked to climate change on Earth. However, validity of its linkage and their controlling mechanisms remain highly controversial. In this study, we are trying to reconstruct annual- to decadal-scale climate change during the Cretaceous period by using lacustrine varve record (Shinekhudag Formation) in Mongolia. We are trying to detect a sign of Solar-forced decadal climatic change in the Cretaceous from the unique varve record.

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Figure (left) Photomicrograph of reflected fluorescent image of micrometer-scale laminae (varve) in Cretaceous lacustrine deposits in Mongolia.    (right) Elemental composition of micrometer-scale laminae, reflecting seasonal cyclicities.

Hitoshi Fujiwara/A04(Seikei University)
Development of a photochemical model for H2O and HOx in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere

The purpose of this study is to develop a photochemical model which describes spatio-temporal variations of H2O and HOx in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere. Since the species, H2O and HOx, are closely related to the noctilucent cloud and ozone depletion in the upper stratosphere and mesosphere, both the observations and modeling studies of the species are necessary for understanding the global environmental changes. In the present project, we will start modeling studies to investigate the variations of H2O and HOx depending on changes of solar activities and precipitating high energy particles. We will also build the new photochemical model onto the whole atmosphere-ionosphere model, Ground-to-topside model of Atmosphere and Ionosphere for Aeronomy (GAIA), which successfully describes some mesosphere-thermosphere-ionosphere (MTI) phenomena caused by lower atmospheric effects. The new modeling activity will have contributions to understand energetic coupling between below and above regions through dynamical and chemical processes in the MTI region.

Yuhji Kuroda/A04(Meteorological Research Institute)
Elucidation of the solar influence on oceanic and climate variability

The objective of the present project is to clarify how coupled atmospheric and oceanic variabilities are created associated with the solar variability. To this end, analysis using a long term simulation of the earth system model of the Meteorological Research Institute is performed, as well as that of observational oceanic and atmospheric data. Cooperating mainly with K. Kodera of ISEE of Nagoya University, we are planning to perform the following themes:
1, Observational data analysis: Historical temperature and salinity data up to 700 m depth and atmospheric reanalysis data are used to extract the oceanic mode of variability that influences climate.
2, Simulation of the earth system model and its analysis: Historical as well as idealized experiments using the earth system model are performed to clarify solar influence on ocean and climate. Analysis is performed in comparison with those of the observation.

Hideyuki Hotta/B01(Chiba University)
Precise estimation of mean-field parameter using large-scale calculation in the solar convection zone

A04 team in PSTEP is trying to predict the solar activity 5 years before the solar maximum using the mean field model and the surface flux transport model. Although these models require less numerical resource and easily carry out data assimilation with numerical simulation and observation data, these must have a number of assumptions on turbulent parameters. This can be problems when we study prediction and extreme situations like the Maunder minimum. In this study, we estimate turbulent parameter required in A04 study using calculations of the thermal convection in the solar interior. We are trying to estimate the turbulent parameters for the angular momentum transport. The test field method is widely used for estimating the turbulent parameters for the generation of the magnetic field, but there is no good estimation method for the angular momentum transport. In this study we plan to extend the test field method for this end. In addition, we have found that the turbulent magnetic energy is comparable to the turbulent kinetic energy in our extremely high resolution calculations. I also need to re-estimate the turbulent parameter for the magnetic generation in this situation.

Takanobu Amano/B01( Tokyo University)
Understanding Inner-Magnetospheric Elementary Processes via Large-scale Kinetic Simulations

Development of realistic numerical models for the inner magnetosphere has been a key  issue in predicting the Geospace  environment. An appropriate model for the inner  magnetosphere has to take into account both the kinetic effect of energetic ring current particles and the self-consistent coupling between the ring current population and the thermal plasma as well as the electromagnetic field. This has not been possible in standard numerical models in space physics. This work employs a novel numerical model that takes into account the self-consistent coupling between the cold (ion and electron) fluid and the energetic particles, for which the kinetic effect is fully taken into account. We investigate elementary processes occurring in the inner magnetosphere that are dominated by the ring current dynamics.
This allows us to understand magnetohydrodynamic waves and global magnetic field variations caused by the ring current. Our final goal is to understand the acceleration and transport of relativistic radiation belt electrons associated with these phenomena.

Yoshiya Kasahara/B01(Kanazawa University)
New analysis system of the Earth’s magnetosphere using the propagation characteristics of plasma wave

We develop new techniques to deduce overall plasma environment in the Earth’s magnetosphere using the propagation characteristics of plasma waves from in situ measurement data by scientific satellites. To achieve this goal, we propose algorithms to derive wave normal and Poynting vectors of ELF/VLF waves accurately from the data obtained by plasma wave instruments and to estimate the density profile in the Earth’s magnetosphere and/or spatial distribution of the wave source. These techniques are referred to as “inverse problem”. We try to solve the problem by making use of “wave distribution function” method, which is one of data analysis methods to estimate propagation parameters such as wave normal vector, and “ray tracing” technique, by which propagation paths of the plasma waves are theoretically determined.

Kumiko Hori/B01(Nagoya University)
A variety of solar periodic activities and rotating MHD waves

MHD waves excited in the solar convection zone can produce a variety of time variations of the stellar magnetic field. To explore the relevance of these waves in data, we will investigate whether there are any significant periodic activities other than the 11 years cycles, what its spatial and temporal structures look like, and what are its links to the global dynamics within the convection zone. Also, we intend to develop the theory of MHD waves in rotating and stratified fluids in order to gain the physical basis of wave motions that can be excited in the convection zone including the tachocline. The advantage, if successful, is that the wave speeds will enable us to infer the physical background state of the stellar deep interior. Therefore the study has the potential to constrain global solar dynamo models for predicting the next solar cycle as well as the solar terrestrial environment.

Yoshifumi Kimura/B01( Nagoya University)
Mathematical modeling for predicting the effect of the solar activities on the terrestrial environment 

The objective of this project is by using mathematical modeling techniques to clarify the mechanisms and the mathematical structures of the periodic/intermittent solar activities and to understanding their effects on the terrestrial environments. Cooperating with T. Ohira (prof.) and F. Fujie (assc. prof.) of the Graduate School of Mathematics, Nagoya University, we conduct the research of the following two themes:
[a] Considering and modeling of the nonlinear phenomena in the solar  activities: (1) reconnection models of vortex and magnetic flux tubes, (2) perturbation model of the magnetic dipole of the earth.
[b] Construction of a mathematical index to measure the effect of solar activities on the terrestrial environment: (1) development of an index to measure the fragility of electrical and communication network using graph theory, (2)  study of the transient phenomena in the network using graph dynamical systems.

Yohei Miyake/B01(Kobe University)
Spacecraft surface charging model predictions based on interaction processes between spacecraft systems and space weather phenomena

The ultimate goal of this research is to advance understanding via numerical simulations in close linkage between spacecraft charging phenomena and dynamically-changing space environment associated with solar activities, so as to help develop the space weather forecast system. This would be achieved by reproducing transient processes of plasma interactions with solid spacecraft surfaces. The self-consistent model used in this study will provide accurate predictions on spacecraft charging affected by plasma acceleration/deceleration processes within plasma sheath, wake, and potential barrier, as well as plasma wave activities arising in space. This enables us to make systematic assessment of space weather effects on artificial spacecraft systems as an important social infrastructure.

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Tomoaki Matsumoto/B01(Hosei University)
A dynamical model of the heliosphere with the adaptive mesh refinement

A change in the heliospheric environment plays an important role in the modulation of the galactic cosmic rays (GCRs); the magnetic field structure and the speed of the solar wind affect GCR transport in the heliosphere.  Since the heliospheric environment is affected by the solar wind activities, we have been developing a framework for simulating the heliosphere by using MHD simulations.  The heliospheric current sheet (HCS) is an important channel for GCR transport, the numerical simulations should resolve the HCS with a high resolution.  We therefore adopt a numerical simulation code, SFUMATO, which employs the adaptive mesh refinement (AMR) technique.  Our heliospheric model developed here will also reproduce the heliospheric environment in the grand solar minima. We have a plan to reproduce GCR modulation in the grand solar minima by using our heliospheric model, and would like to investigate the GCR transport in these periods.

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Hideharu Akiyoshi/B01(National Institute for Environmental Studies)
A study on the effect of solar proton events on the ozone layer and earth climate using a chemistry-climate model

In this study, we investigate the effect of the solar proton events on the middle and lower atmosphere through the variations in atmospheric constituents such as NOx, nitric acid, and ozone, and clarify the relationship between solar activity variation and variations in the middle and lower atmosphere. For this purpose, we perform numerical simulations of the effect of solar proton event using the NIES three-dimensional chemistry-climate model, which calculates chemical reactions, photolysis, and the 3-D distribution of neutral atmospheric constituents as well as the earth climate, and a RIKEN chemical box model, which includes radiolysis processes, ion reactions, and ion recombination reactions as well as the chemical reactions and photolysis in the 3-D chemistry-climate model.
We plan to make a simulation for the Halloween Event, which occurred in 2003, and compare the results with satellite observation data of NOx, nitric acid, and ozone for the model validation. We also plan to make a simulation for the huge solar proton event in 1859 (Carrington Event) and analyze the effects on the middle and lower atmosphere.

Muneyuki Muranushi/B01(Institute of Physical and Chemical Research)
Development of Solar Flare Forecast System using Deep Learning

Every day we hear about deep learning — the technology of simulating neural network on computer, that enabled go-playing-AIs, self driving cars and many other things. However, developers of deep learning requires input of big data, mainly held by the IT giants. At this point, the observational data of Sun serves unique opportunity to researchers like us, because it covers decades of observations of a subject whose fundamental physical laws well understood, yet whose behavior remain challenging to predict. Synergy of machine learning and solar physics may bring a breakthrough here. Machine learning and physics share its goal in constructing a predictive model based on observational facts, and we believe we can collaborate.
In this research, we apply deep learning to flare prediction studies, study which method to use, and quantitatively analyse the prediction performance. We contribute to solar physics by mechanization of the space weather know-hows, and by visualization of the features recognized by machine learning.

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