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


Professor Kozyra discusses space weather with USA Today

Posted: June 6, 2013

Professor Kozyra discusses space weather with USA Today

A recent USA Today article stated that space weather predictions have improved over the years, but science still has a long way to go in minimizing the impact of potentially disruptive space weather episodes.

Research Professor Janet Kozyra told USA Today that scientists are not able to predict when the sun is going to shoot off a flare or a coronal mass ejection (CME), or even where the CME is headed once it has been seen.

She explained that scientists can’t know if a CME could cause havoc because, unless there are space instruments nearby, they can’t examine the inside of the CME to see what’s happening.

In a recent presentation, Kozyra said some of the key unknowns regarding space weather are: triggers of catastrophic energy release in flares, orientation and intensity of the interplanetary magnetic field in eruptive events and how propagation to Earth changes geo-effectiveness.

To learn more, read the USA Today article here.

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