Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

Hazel Bain

CIRES Research Scientist III

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  • Ph.D. Physics and Astronomy, University of Glasgow, 2010
  • M.Sci (Hons), Physics and Astronomy, University of Glasgow, 2006
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Research Interests

- Develop, validate and transition to operations, space weather models and applications for radiation storm forecasting for human space exploration and civil aviation. 

Research Topics:
- Understanding solar energetic particle events.
- Machine learning approach to radiation storm forecasting. 
- Geoeffectiveness of geomagnetic storms.

Current Research

Development of space weather models and applications to be used by forecasters at NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center.

Responsible for leading the center’s efforts in radiation storm forecasting in support of SWPC customers the aviation and human space exploration industries.

  • Developing, validating, and transitioning proton forecast models and applications in support of SWPC products and services for future human space flight endeavors. 
  • Validating and maintaining the real-time operational U.S. Federal Aviation Administration CARI-7 radiation dose rate model used to support space weather radiation advisories for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). 
  • The development of data products which use real-time solar wind data from the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) spacecraft at L1.

Research Categories


Honors and Awards

2009: Royal Society of Edinburgh/Cormack Bequest Postgraduate Research Prize
2013: NASA Group Achievement Award to the RHESSI Science Team
2020: CIRES Outstanding Performance Award: Mentorship program
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About CECA

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