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SWIGS: A New UK Research Consortium to Study ‘Space Weather Impacts on Ground-based Systems’

Thomson, Alan. 2017 SWIGS: A New UK Research Consortium to Study ‘Space Weather Impacts on Ground-based Systems’. [Poster] In: European Space Weather Week 14, Oostende, Belguim, 27th November - 1st Dec 2017. (Unpublished)

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Abstract/Summary

The British Geological Survey leads a new UK Natural Environment Research Council funded study into ‘Space Weather Impacts on Grounded Structures’ (SWIGS), through a four-year research project that started in May 2017. The SWIGS consortium of ten UK institutes and universities will research links between the magnetosphere and ionosphere, the generation of geo-electric fields, through interaction of geomagnetic variations with the solid Earth, and the impact of enhanced geomagnetic activity on ground infrastructures such as high voltage power grids, rail and pipeline networks. SWIGS is supported by an industry stakeholder group and a group of international project partners that includes advisors and experts from the Finnish Meteorological Institute, Natural Resources Canada, UK Met Office, North China Electric Power University, and the Universities of Cape Town, Otago, Trinity College Dublin, Frankfurt, Gottingen, John Hopkins and Beihang. In addition to research that improves physical models of the space weather interaction with Earth’s space environment and the space weather threat to ground level technologies, SWIGS will also promote workshops and other meetings. In this poster presentation, we outline some of the primary questions we want to answer within SWIGS and we detail the research goals of the project.

Item Type: Publication - Conference Item (Poster)
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Space Sciences
Date made live: 16 Aug 2018 08:19 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/520733

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