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EUropean Heliospheric FORecasting Information Asset 2.0

Objective

This project aims at developing the world’s most advanced space weather forecasting tool. EUHFORIA 2.0 will address geoeffectiveness, impacts and mitigation, including extreme events, related to solar eruptions, solar wind streams and Solar Energetic Particles, with particular emphasis on its application to forecast Geomagnetically Induced Currents (GICs) and radiation on geospace. We will apply innovative methods and state-of-the-art numerical techniques to extend the recent heliospheric solar wind and CME propagation model EUHFORIA with two integrated key facilities that are crucial for improving its predictive power and reliability, namely 1) data-driven flux-rope CME models, and 2) physics-based, self-consistent SEP models for the acceleration and transport of particles along the magnetic field lines. This involves novel coupling of advanced space weather models. In addition, after validating the upgraded EUHFORIA/SEP model it will be coupled to existing models for geomagnetically induced currents (GICs) and atmospheric radiation transport models. This will result in a reliable prediction tool for radiation hazards from SEP events, affecting astronauts and passengers and crew in high-flying aircraft, as well as the impact of space weather events on power grid infrastructure and telecommunication and navigation satellites. Finally, this innovative tool will be integrated in the both in the Virtual Space Weather Modeling Centre (ESA) and the space weather forecasting procedures at the ESA SSCC in Uccle, so that it will be available to the space weather community and effectively used for improved predictions and forecasts of the evolution of CME magnetic structures and their impact on Earth.

The project provides a unique opportunity for Europe to take a leading role in space weather forecasting and to protect its modern technologies and infrastructures both in space and on ground.

Coordinator

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Address

Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven

Belgium

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 453 750

Participants (10)

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KONINKLIJKE STERRENWACHT VAN BELGIE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 393 263,75

TURUN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 280 915

HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 267 596,25

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 144 700

UNITED KINGDOM RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 124 625

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 353 281,25

CHRISTIAN-ALBRECHTS-UNIVERSITAET ZU KIEL

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 262 676,25

KOCHANOV ANDREY

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 52 500

SPACE CONSULTING INTERNATIONAL LLC

United States

EU Contribution

€ 133 125

SPACE APPLICATIONS SERVICES NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 89 968,75

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 870405

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 December 2019

  • End date

    30 November 2022

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.6.4.

H2020-EU.2.1.6.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 556 401,28

  • EU contribution

    € 2 556 401,25

Coordinated by:

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium