A real-time hybrid aurora alert system : combining citizen science reports with an auroral oval model

Case, Nathan Anthony and Kingman, David and MacDonald, Elizabeth A. (2016) A real-time hybrid aurora alert system : combining citizen science reports with an auroral oval model. Earth and Space Science, 3 (6). pp. 257-265. ISSN 2333-5084

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Accurately predicting when, and from where, an aurora will be visible is particularly difficult, yet it is a service much desired by the general public. Several aurora alert services exist that attempt to provide such predictions but are, generally, based upon fairly coarse estimates of auroral activity (e.g. Kp or Dst). Additionally, these services are not able to account for a potential observer's local conditions (such as cloud cover or level of darkness). Aurorasaurus, however, combines data from the well-used, solar wind driven, OVATION Prime auroral oval model with real-time observational data provided by a global network of citizen scientists. This system is designed to provide more accurate and localized alerts for auroral visibility than currently available. Early results are promising and show that over 100,000 auroral visibility alerts have been issued, including nearly 200 highly localized alerts, to over 2,000 users located right across the globe.

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