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This past February, 2017 Space Weather Modeling Framework User Conference held its bi-annual meeting at Climate & Space. The SWMF was developed at the University of Michigan’s Center for Space Environment Modeling (CSEM) with researchers from the Climate & Space department. CSEM is led by Tamas Gombosi, the Rollin M. Gerstacker Professor of Engineering and professor of atmospheric, oceanic and space sciences and aerospace engineering. Last fall, the SWMF was adopted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center. Read more

Climate & Space Professor Mark Moldwin, in conjunction with the U-M ArtsEngine program, has established a new Arts/Lab Student Residency for 2017. The Inaugural Moldwin Prize is "designed for an undergraduate student... who is interested in exchange and collaboration with students engaged in research practice in an engineering lab. Read more

Climate & Space Ph.D. candidate Judit Szente is first author on a new paper that describes a numerical modeling study of coronal jets to understand their effects on the global corona and their contribution to the solar wind. The paper was featured in a February 10th article (Simulations of Solar Jets) in the American Astronomical Society’s NOVA journal digest. Read more

This past May, Climate & Space was very pleased to welcome our National Advisory Board for their annual visit. Read more

Climate & Space Professor Aaron Ridley was recently interviewed for an article about the upcoming Michigan Bicentennial Archive's M-BARC project. The University of Michigan is celebrating its 200th anniversary during 2017, and the students involved in the Michigan Bicentennial Archive wanted to do something different, an appropriately twenty-first century take on the traditional commemorative time capsule. And so, the M-BARC team set out to create the very first space-based time capsule. Read more

New findings from the University of Michigan explain an Ice Age paradox and add to the mounting evidence that climate change could bring higher seas than most models predict. The study, published in Nature, shows how small spikes in the temperature of the ocean, rather than the air, likely drove the rapid disintegration cycles of the expansive ice sheet that once covered much of North America. Read more