Machine-learning Approach to Identification of Coronal Holes in Solar Disk Images and Synoptic Maps

Egor Illarionov, Alexander Kosovichev, Andrey Tlatov

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Identification of solar coronal holes (CHs) provides information both for operational space weather forecasting and long-term investigation of solar activity. Source data for the first problem are typically from the most recent solar disk observations, while for the second problem it is convenient to consider solar synoptic maps. Motivated by the idea that the concept of CHs should be similar for both cases we investigate universal models that can learn CH segmentation in disk images and reproduce the same segmentation in synoptic maps. We demonstrate that convolutional neural networks trained on daily disk images provide an accurate CH segmentation in synoptic maps and their pole-centric projections. Using this approach we construct a catalog of synoptic maps for the period of 2010–20 based on SDO/AIA observations in the 193 Å wavelength. The obtained CH synoptic maps are compared with magnetic synoptic maps in the time-latitude and time-longitude diagrams. The initial results demonstrate that while in some cases the CHs are associated with magnetic flux-transport events there are other mechanisms contributing to the CH formation and evolution. To stimulate further investigations the catalog of synoptic maps is published in open access.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number115
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Nov 10 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


  • Astronomy data analysis (1858)
  • Solar coronal holes (1484)
  • Solar magnetic fields (1503)


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