TCD included in European team to predict future solar flares

A European team of astronomers, including members from Trinity College Dublin (TCD) have won €2.5m of European Commission funding to create a solar storm forecasting service to lessen storms’ impact on Earth. FLARECAST project scientist and TCD senior fellow Dr Shaun Bloomfield said the project brings together European expertise in fundamental solar physics, artificial intelligence and neural networks, as well as state-of-the-art data-mining techniques to characterise the sources of solar storms – sunspots – and to upgrade flare forecasting to unprecedented levels of precision.