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Monitoring space weather with the GOES magnetometers
Author(s): Howard Singer; Lorne Matheson; Richard Grubb; Ann Newman; David Bouwer
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Paper Abstract

Magnetic field measurements have been made form geosynchronous orbit for more than 20 years. These measurements are important for monitoring 'space weather' and for providing a unique data base that can be used for improving our knowledge of the Earth's magnetosphere and solar-terrestrial interactions. This paper will focus on the variety of products and services provided by these measurements--those currently available, and those under consideration for the future. The magnetic field assist forecasters in qualitatively assessing the level of geomagnetic disturbance, to interpret changes in energetic particle measurements, to provide data to the National Geophysical Data Center, to support in real-time scientific activities such as rocket launches, and to conduct research for a better understanding of the space environment. One important use of magnetometer data in the Space Environment Center is to alert customers when shocks occur in the solar wind. These shocks have the potential for energizing particles to multi-MeV levels, causing Single Event Upsets in spacecraft electronics, and at lower energy ranges causing deep-dielectric charging that produces spacecraft anomalies. Data from the new GOES-8 and GOES-9 spacecraft will be discussed along with prospects for future products and services.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 October 1996
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2812, GOES-8 and Beyond, (18 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.254077
Show Author Affiliations
Howard Singer, Space Environment Ctr./NOAA (United States)
Lorne Matheson, Space Environment Ctr./NOAA (United States)
Richard Grubb, Space Environment Ctr./NOAA (United States)
Ann Newman, Space Environment Ctr./NOAA (United States)
David Bouwer, Space Environment Ctr./NOAA and Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2812:
GOES-8 and Beyond
Edward R. Washwell, Editor(s)

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