Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics (IGT)

Predicting deep Earth processes and impacts on space climate

Weetwood Hall, Leeds

June 13-14  2012

Space weather is an important issue, affecting many aspects of our modern technological infrastructure such as satellites, high altitude aviation and power grids. The geomagnetic field protects our planet from the worst of the Sun's radiation, but slow changes in its structure can have significant effects on the space weather that we experience. One example of this is the South Atlantic Anomaly (SAA), a localised weak-spot in the geomagnetic field, which causes problems for satellites flying across the South Atlantic. Although surmountable at the moment for satellite engineers and operators, should the SAA become even weaker in intensity, or indeed if it is a pre-cursor for a global geomagnetic reversal, significant changes in the space climate would ensue. This workshop brings together academics and industry, in both geomagnetism and space physics, to address these and other related topics. 

The workshop is funded by Climate & Geohazard Services, University of Leeds