Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan

Climate & Space Features

  •  Climate & Space Chair James Slavin to give Lecture at 14th Annual AOGS Meeting
  • CLaSP Alumna Dr. Mary Morris Authors CYGNSS Science Overview for Physics Today
  •  Professor Rood Authors Climate Change Article for The Conversation
  • Professor Gombosi Named 2017 AGU James Van Allen Lecturer

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Mary Morris

Mary Morris

Mary Morris came to Climate & Space as a graduate student, and went on to earn her Ph.D in December of 2016. While at CLaSP, Mary worked on high-profile NASA missions such as HIRad and CYGNSS. She is currently working as a postdoctoral scholar for Dr. Shannon Brown at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she is developing algorithms for a satellite-based radiometer called the Compact Ocean Wind Vector Radiometer (COWVR) due to launch in 2018.

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Space Weather Modeling Framework

Most of the time, the Sun’s continuous emission of magnetic energy and plasma has only a minimal effect on the Earth. However, occasionally a solar magnetic eruption can occur that sends a shock wave through our solar system. Should this shock wave impact our planet, many man made technological systems can be catastrophically damaged. To be better prepared, Michigan researchers are continuously developing and improving the Space Weather Modeling Framework. This software framework has the capability to model the solar wind emanating from the Sun all the way to its interaction with Earth’s magnetosphere and the impact on the surface of the Earth. As they detect and model the Sun’s behavior our ability to predict when a severe space weather event will happen is further improved, and we are also that much safer from the disasters that occur when our power grids, communication systems and satellites are disrupted by the effects of solar magnetic eruptions. Both NOAA and NASA have taken Michigan's advanced simulation capability and adapted it to a real time space weather forecasting tool.