Space weather forecasting to get boost with new digital model

Scientists are building a “beyond state-of-the-art” digital model of space around Earth to improve forecasting of solar storms and their effects on infrastructure.

Nearly seven decades into the space age, scientists’ understanding of space weather is still very crude. Unlike terrestrial weather, which is now forecasted by powerful supercomputers with great accuracy and timeliness, space weather predictions are more hit-and-miss.