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Ground Level Assimilative Model (GLAM) of Geomagnetic Field Disturbance Conditions

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: DG133R-04-CN-0163
Agency Tracking Number: 2003-26
Amount: $300,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.1.2
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2003-1
Solicitation Year: 2003
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
5 West First Street, Suite 301, Duluth, MN, 55802
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Kappenman
 Division Manager
 (218) 727-2666
Business Contact
 John Kappenman
Title: Division Manager
Phone: (218) 727-2666
Research Institution
Geomagnetic disturbances have caused widespread disruptions to power grids throughout North America. It is necessary to fully describe the complex physical manifestation of geomagnetic disturbance environments to model how and to what extent these disturbances impact modern ground-based critical infrastructures. The Ground Level Assimilative Model (GLAM) would provide the general public and operations of land-based infrastructures concerned about GIC impacts a set of geomagnetic storm climatology data in a context that can be made readily used in power network models or other infrastructure models. The development would provide a meso-scale resolution geomagnetic storm data. The aspects of the work proposed for Phase II can be summarized as follows: 1) develop, test, and select high-cadence nowcast assimilative model of geomagnetic storm conditions over local and north American continental regions; 2) validate nowcast model for various observatory array combinations; 3) develop graphical visualization and 2D gridded datafile capabilities for the GLAM model outputs; and 4) test and deliver beta version of nowcast models for the SEC and also to serve as platform for Metatech commercial application.

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