Coronal Mass Ejection Kinematic Database (KINCAT)

Welcome to the STEREO/SECCHI/COR2 CME Kinematic Database (KINCAT) of the Institute for Astrophysics, University of Göttingen, Germany. This site provides information on identified CMEs in the SECCHI/COR2 field of view at distances between 2 - 15 solar radii since the launch of the STEREO mission in October 2006.

We established this catalogue with events from January 2007 until end of December 2013 through the intersection of the RAL HI-CME list with the Göttingen CME COR2 GCS best of catalogue database. Timeseries of these CMEs are modelled with the Graduated Cylindrical Shell (GCS) modelling technique developed by Thernisien, Vourlidas and Howard in 2006 based on the 3D CME scheme introduced by Cremades and Bothmer in 2004 based on STEREO/COR2 observations. We determined the estimated mass of these CMEs based on the work of Angelos Vourlidas, Robin Colannino, and Neel Savani.

This database has been established through the Ph.D. thesis studies of Adam Pluta, Niclas Mrotzek and Eckhard Bosman within the framework of the EU FP7 project HELCATS and supervised by Dr. Volker Bothmer as head of the Institute's Solar and Heliospheric Physics and Space Weather Working Group. The database serves as a basis for facilitating studies leading to a deeper understanding of the 3D kinematics of CMEs and is maintained by Julius Achenbach and Volker Bothmer. You find more information under "References" and "Database". For use of the informations provided please refer to the "Credits" and "Data Policy" section.

We acknowledge close collaborations with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Washington, DC (Dr. Russ A. Howard (PI of STEREO/SECCHI), Dr. Angelos Vourlidas, Dr. Neel Savani, Dr. Arnaud Thernisien and Dr. Jackie Davies (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL)).

A full methodological description is currently under preparation.

For further questions please contact Adam Pluta (apluta [at], Niclas Mrotzek (nmrotzek [at] and Volker Bothmer (bothmer [at]

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