Modelling the effects of space weather at the Earth’s surface : a UK geoelectric field model

McKay, Allan; Clarke, Ellen; Reay, Sarah; Thomson, Alan. 2004 Modelling the effects of space weather at the Earth’s surface : a UK geoelectric field model. [Poster] In: MIST/UKSP 2004, Edinburgh, UK, 29 March - 1 April 2004. (Unpublished)

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Geomagnetically Induced Currents (GIC), which can flow in technological systems such as power transmission grids, are a consequence of the geoelectric field induced at the surface of the Earth during geomagnetic storms. This poster describes the development of a new 3D 'Thin-Sheet' geoelectric field model which covers the whole of the UK and includes the influence of the surrounding shelf seas. The model can be used to compute the response of the geoelectric field to geomagnetic storms. In conjunction with a power grid model this enables us to estimate GIC flow in power networks. As an example, we consider the major geomagnetic storm of October 2003. It is envisaged that the model will form one component of a near real time GIC warning package which is currently being developed by the British Geological Survey (BGS) in conjunction with Scottish Power Plc. The magnetic field associated with the induced geoelectric field is easily calculated. Thus, the electric field model may also be of interest to those studying the effect of internal (induced) geomagnetic field signals on the total measured geomagnetic field.

Item Type: Publication - Conference Item (Poster)
Programmes: BGS Programmes > Seismology and Geomagnetism
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Electronics, Engineering and Technology
Date made live: 15 Nov 2012 12:50 +0 (UTC)

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