Sarah Gibson

Data-Optimized Coronal Field Model (DOCFM)

DOCFM is an NCAR/CfA collaboration that is funded by AFOSR to model the global coronal magnetic field using magnetometric and other observations, with the goal of improving space weather forecasts of magnetic orientation within c

Sarah Gibson

Dr. Sarah Gibson is an Interim Director in the High Altitude Observatory (HAO) at NCAR .

Is space weather a thing? Sarah Gibson explains

Collage image for space weather

Just as a hurricane drives rain, wind, and floods, the space weather arising from a solar eruption can come in different forms. First comes the light from a solar flare, disrupting high-frequency radio communications at the Earth more or less immediately (eight minutes after leaving the Sun).

Geomagnetic detection of the sectorial solar magnetic field and the historical peculiarity of minimum 23–24

Stackplot of solar-terrestrial data image
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Recent work on historical recurrent geomagnetic activity and the peculiarity of the recent solar-cycle minimum, was chosen by the editors of AGU journals for special highlight.

Analyses of solar coronal prominence cavities

Composite image
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Analyses of solar coronal prominence cavities by an international group of scientists including HAO's Sarah Gibson, Christian Bethge, Giuliana de Toma, Yuhong Fan, HAO visitor Urszula Bak Steslicka and University of Colorado graduate student Don Schmit, has been profiled in a


The FORWARD model is a suite of IDL and fortran codes that calculates simulated coronal polarization signals from numerical and analytical models of the corona.


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