Academy of Finland  
Funding decision
Organisation University of Helsinki
Project title Tracing the Origin of the Dynamic Solar Wind via Time-dependent Coronal Modeling: SWATCH
Applicant / Contact person Pomoell, Jens
Decision No. 343581
Decision date 03.06.2021
Funding period 01.09.2021 - 31.08.2025
Funding 389 915
Project description
The solar wind is a continuous stream of particles from the Sun that fills the interplanetary space and defines the outer reaches of our solar system. Despite significant advances in understanding the solar corona, the exact sources of the solar wind remain poorly known. In particular how and from where in the solar corona the slow solar wind originates is highly debated. In this project, novel accurate numerical models of the dynamic solar corona and solar wind will be developed and used together with data from the latest space- and ground based observatories to trace the origin of the solar wind. The new understanding of the dynamic corona will aid in developing better tools for forecasting harmful space weather events originating from the Sun.