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Dr Shaun Bloomfield

Associate Professor

Department: Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering


I graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2001 with a MSci (Honours) Physics with Astrophysics degree, before continuing at Queen’s for my PhD studies in Solar and Stellar Astrophysics. After successfully defending my thesis entitled “Oscillatory Phenomena in Solar and Stellar Atmospheres" in 2005, I accepted a Max Planck Fellow position at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany. In 2007 I moved to Trinity College Dublin in Ireland to initially work as a Research Fellow on the PROBA2 space-weather satellite, funded by the European Space Agency (ESA). During my 9 years at Trinity, I held an EU Framework Programme 7 Marie Curie Fellowship to study solar flare prediction, was promoted to Senior Research Fellow in 2012, joined the Science and Instrument Teams of the Spectrometer/Telescope for Imaging X-rays (STIX) payload on the upcoming ESA Solar Orbiter satellite mission, and in 2014 won EU Horizon 2020 funding for a space-weather consortium project (FLARECAST) as the Project Scientist. In 2016, I was appointed as a Reader at Northumbria University.

I am a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (FRAS), a Member of the Institute of Physics (MInstP), a lifetime Member of the Marie Curie Fellows Association and an Individual Member of both the International Astronomical Union and the European Physical Society.

In addition, I am an elected Board member of the European Solar Physics Division (ESPD) of the European Physical Society and co-Chair of the “Space Weather Forecasting” Topical Working Group within ESA’s Space Weather Working Team.

Campus Address

D119, Ellison Building

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  • Prediction of solar energetic events impacting space weather conditions, Georgoulis, M., Yardley, S., Guerra, J., Murray, S., Ahmadzadeh, A., Anastasiadis, A., Angryk, R., Aydin, B., Banerjee, D., Barnes, G., Bemporad, A., Benvenuto, F., Bloomfield, D., Bobra, M., Campi, C., Camporeale, E., DeForest, C., Emslie, A., Falconer, D., Feng, L., Gan, W., Green, L., Guastavino, S., Hapgood, M., Kempton, D., Kitiashvili, I., Kontogiannis, I., Korsos, M., Leka, K., Massa, P., Massone, A., Nandy, D., Nindos, A., Papaioannou, A., Park, S., Patsourakos, S., Piana, M., Rawafi, N., Sadykov, V., Toriumi, S., Vourlidas, A., Wang, H., Wang, J., Whitman, K., Yan, Y., Zhukov, A. 24 Feb 2024, In: Advances in Space Research
  • The SWAP Filter: A Simple Azimuthally Varying Radial Filter for Wide-Field EUV Solar Images, Seaton, D., Berghmans, D., Bloomfield, S., De Groof, A., D’Huys, E., Nicula, B., Rachmeler, L., West, M. 18 Jul 2023, In: Solar Physics
  • The high-energy Sun - probing the origins of particle acceleration on our nearest star, Matthews, S., Reid, H., Baker, D., Bloomfield, D., Browning, P., Calcines, A., Del Zanna, G., Erdélyi, R., Jeffrey, N., Klein, L., Krucker, S., Kontar, E., Long, D., MacKinnon, A., Mann, G., Mathioudakis, M., Milligan, R., Nakariakov, V., Pesce-Rollins, M., Shih, A., Smith, D., Veronig, A., Vilmer, N. 1 Dec 2022, In: Experimental Astronomy
  • The flare likelihood and region eruption forecasting (FLARECAST) project: Flare forecasting in the big data & machine learning era, Georgoulis, M., Bloomfield, D., Piana, M., Massone, A., Soldati, M., Gallagher, P., Pariat, E., Vilmer, N., Buchlin, E., Baudin, F., Csillaghy, A., Sathiapal, H., Jackson, D., Alingery, P., Benvenuto, F., Campi, C., Florios, K., Gontikakis, C., Guennou, C., Guerra, J., Kontogiannis, I., Latorre, V., Murray, S., Park, S., Von Stachelski, S., Torbica, A., Vischi, D., Worsfold, M. 22 Jul 2021, In: Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate
  • Validation of Global EUV Wave MHD Simulations and Observational Techniques, Downs, C., Warmuth, A., Long, D., Bloomfield, D., Kwon, R., Veronig, A., Vourlidas, A., Vršnak, B. 23 Apr 2021, In: The Astrophysical Journal
  • 2D and 3D Analysis of a Torus-unstable Quiet-Sun Prominence Eruption, Rees-Crockford, T., Bloomfield, D., Scullion, E., Park, S. 30 Jun 2020, In: The Astrophysical Journal
  • A Comparison of Flare Forecasting Methods. IV. Evaluating Consecutive-Day Forecasting Patterns, Park, S., Leka, K., Kusano, K., Andries, J., Barnes, G., Bingham, S., Bloomfield, S., McCloskey, A., Delouille, V., Falconer, D., Gallagher, P., Georgoulis, M., Kubo, Y., Lee, K., Lee, S., Lobzin, V., Mun, J., Murray, S., Nageem, T., Qahwaji, R., Sharpe, M., Steenburgh, R., Steward, G., Terkildsen, M. 19 Feb 2020, In: The Astrophysical Journal
  • Ensemble Forecasting of Major Solar Flares: Methods for Combining Models, Guerra, J., Murray, S., Bloomfield, D., Gallagher, P. 21 Aug 2020, In: Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate
  • The Spectrometer/Telescope for Imaging X-rays (STIX), Krucker, S., Hurford, G., Grimm, O., Kögl, S., Gröbelbauer, H., Etesi, L., Casadei, D., Csillaghy, A., Benz, A., Arnold, N., Molendini, F., Orleanski, P., Schori, D., Xiao, H., Kuhar, M., Kobler, S., Iseli, L., Dreier, M., Wiehl, H., Kleint, L., Bloomfield, S. 1 Oct 2020, In: Astronomy & Astrophysics
  • A Comparison of Flare Forecasting Methods. II. Benchmarks, Metrics and Performance Results for Operational Solar Flare Forecasting Systems, Leka, K., Park, S., Kusano, K., Andries, J., Barnes, G., Bingham, S., Bloomfield, D., McCloskey, A., Delouille, V., Falconer, D., Gallagher, P., Georgoulis, M., Kubo, Y., Lee, K., Lee, S., Lobzin, V., Mun, J., Murray, S., Nageem, T., Qahwaji, R., Sharpe, M., Steenburgh, R., Steward, G., Terkildsen, M. 16 Aug 2019, In: Astrophysical Journal, Supplement Series

  • Paloma Jol A Deep (Learning) Dive into Solar Active Region Evolution and Flare Production Start Date: 25/09/2023
  • Stephen Bannister Solar active region magnetic characterisation, evolution, and relation to flares Start Date: 01/10/2022
  • Andre Chicrala Amaral Silva Investigating Magnetic Energy Injection in Solar Active Regions Start Date: 01/10/2017 End Date: 26/10/2021

  • Astrophysics PhD June 30 2005
  • Astrophysics MSc July 06 2001
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy FHEA 2018
  • Individual Member of the European Physical Society 2012
  • Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society FRAS 2005
  • Member of the Institute of Physics MInstP 2005

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