Monitoring and Modelling Electric Fields and Currents in the Earth´s Surface for Space Weather Applications
May 9, 2017
Solar storms are the largest explosive release of energy in the solar system. When they travel to Earth, they can disturb the geomagnetic field, producing induced electric fields (IEF) and geomagnetically induced currents (GIC) at the Earth’s surface. These magnetic storms can cause interruptions in electrical power distribution networks and can have the potential to cause large economic losses. Appropriate understanding of IEF and GIC will contribute to the stability of power distribution systems, and provide security in the face of society´s increasing dependence on electricity. The overall aim of the current research project is to model and monitor surface electric and magnetic fields caused by solar storms, and their interactions with ground-based electrical infrastructure.