CME Research and Space Weather Support for the SECCHI Experiments on the STEREO Mission
Final rept. 15 Oct 2009-14 Oct 2013
BOSTON COLL CHESTNUT HILL MA INST FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
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The work was a 3-year Phase E effort focused on coronal mass ejection CME and space weather research as applied to the STEREO mission program. This work included 1 Developing programs and techniques for the reduction and analyses of the data returned from the STEREO SECCHI instruments regarding the origin of CMEs, their transport through the heliosphere, and interaction with Earths environment. The SECCHI data being returned provide stereo views of the Sun, the corona and CMEs, and yield fundamentally new insights into the 3-dimensional structure of the Suns corona and CMEs. Our work involved the development of new and innovative approaches to performing the data analysis, including comparisons with other STEREO instruments, and other data sets where appropriate 2 Analysis of the stereo imaging data from the SECCHI Heliospheric Imager HI instrument. The analysis techniques for the HI data required comparisons with other STEREO instruments, data from the Solar Mass Ejection Imager SMEI 3 Coordinating and developing space weather-related research and forecasting tools for SECCHI and STEREO, including near-real time monitoring and analyses of the imaging data returned from the SECCHI experiments, primarily using Beacon data.