Solar Physics

, Volume 270, Issue 1, pp 253–272 | Cite as

Validation of CME Detection Software (CACTus) by Means of Simulated Data, and Analysis of Projection Effects on CME Velocity Measurements

  • K. BonteEmail author
  • C. Jacobs
  • E. Robbrecht
  • A. De Groof
  • D. Berghmans
  • S. Poedts


In the context of space weather forecasting, an automated detection of coronal mass ejections (CMEs) becomes more and more important for efficiently handling a large data flow which is expected from recently-launched and future solar missions. In this paper we validate the detection software package “CACTus” by applying the program to synthetic data from our 3D time-dependent CME simulations instead of observational data. The main strength of this study is that we know in advance what should be detected. We describe the sensitivities and strengths of automated detection, more specific for the CACTus program, resulting in a better understanding of CME detection on one hand and the calibration of the CACTus software on the other hand, suggesting possible improvements of the package. In addition, the simulation is an ideal tool to investigate projection effects on CME velocity measurements.


Corona, models, observations Coronal mass ejections, initiation and propagation Instrumentation and data management Magnetohydrodynamics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Bonte
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • C. Jacobs
    • 1
    • 2
  • E. Robbrecht
    • 3
  • A. De Groof
    • 4
  • D. Berghmans
    • 3
  • S. Poedts
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Plasma AstrophysicsK.U.LeuvenLeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.Leuven Mathematical Modeling and Computational Science CentreK.U.LeuvenLeuvenBelgium
  3. 3.Royal Observatory of BelgiumBrusselBelgium
  4. 4.European Space Agency, c/o Royal Observatory of BelgiumBrusselBelgium

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