Boulder Solar Alliance (BSA):
Boulder is lucky enough to have one of the greatest concentrations of solar physics institutions in the world. For this reason, we have formed the Boulder Solar Alliance (BSA), with representation from CU/CIRES, CU/Jila, CU/LASP, NCAR/HAO, NESDIS/NGDC, NOAA-NWS/SEC, NWRA/CoRA,and SwRI. Our goal is to create an environment for the Boulder Solar Physics community that creates synergy, supports innovation, and explores opportunities both locally and nationally.
Center for Integrated Space Weather Modeling (CISM):
CISM is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Science and Technology Center (STC). The goal of the CISM project is to create a physics-based numerical simulation model that describes the space environment from the Sun to the Earth, which will help to understand our dynamic sun-earth system and how it affects life and society.
Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training (COMET)
HAO sceintists are worked with the COMET program to develop an instructional web module on the "Physics of the aurora: earth systems".
Global Oscillation Network Group (GONG)
GONG is a community-based program to conduct a detailed study of solar internal structure and dynamics using helioseismology. GONG has developed a six-station network of extremely sensitive, and stable velocity imagers located around the Earth to obtain nearly continuous observations of the Sun's "five-minute" oscillations, or pulsations. HAO operates the Mauna Loa Solar Observatory (MLSO) which is part of the GONG Network.
HINODE (Sunrise in Japanese), sometimes referred to by its pre-launch name Solar-B, is an international space observatory that carries advanced instrumentation for solar observations. Hinode was developed by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency in collaboration with NASA and PPARC in the UK. HAO contributed to the development of the focal plane instrumentation of the Solar Optical Telescope (with principal responsibility for the spectro-polarimeter), to the calibration of the instruments, and now to the investigation of solar magnetism. With this advanced instrumentation HINODE can perform precise, high-resolution measurements of the vector magnetic field at the solar surface and follow the evolution of magnetic structures as small as 200 km.
National Solar Observatory (NSO)
National Solar Observatory,through partnerships, conducting solar research, and educational and public outreach, aims to advance knowledge of the Sun, both as an astronomical object and as the dominant external influence on Earth, by providing forefront observational opportunities to the research community. The National Solar Observatory has two observing facility locations:
Kitt Peak, Arizona and Sacramento Peak, New Mexico.
Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics (SCOSTEP)
SCOSTEP organizes and conducts international solar-terrestrial programs (STP) programs of finite duration in cooperation with other International Council For Science (ICSU) bodies. Results from these programs are shared with the community of SCOSTEP scientists by joining in conducting meetings, conferences, and workshops and by publishing newsletters, handbooks and special journal issues.Dr. Gang Lu, HAO scientist, serves as SCOSTEP Scientific Secretary and heads the SCOSTEP Secretariat housed at NCAR/HAO.