NOAA Launches Crowdsourcing Competition for Better Forecasting of Magnetic Field with DrivenData and HeroX

BOULDER, Colo., Dec. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in partnership with the NASA Tournament Lab today announced its crowdsourcing challenge, “MagNet: Model the Geomagnetic Field.” The challenge, which is being implemented by DrivenData and HeroX, seeks to mitigate the impact of geomagnetic storms on navigation systems through improved forecasting by increasing the accuracy in real-time magnetic field modeling and reducing errors in the magnetic navigation systems.

NOAA is calling on the global community of problem solvers and data scientists to develop better models to forecast changes in Earth’s magnetic field. The transfer of energy from solar wind into Earth’s magnetic field causes geomagnetic storms. The resulting variations in the magnetic field increase errors in magnetic navigation.

Over the past three decades, models were proposed for forecasting solar winds and variations in the magnetic