The European risk from geomagnetically induced currents (EURISGIC)

Viljanen, Ari; Thomson, Alan; Wik, Magnus; Wintoft, Peter; Wesztergom, Viktor; Sakharov, Yaroslav; Ngwira, Chigomezyo. 2014 The European risk from geomagnetically induced currents (EURISGIC). [Poster] In: Hot Spring MIST, Bath, UK, 23-25 April 2014. (Unpublished)

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EURISGIC ( was the first continental-scale study of the geomagnetically induced current (GIC) hazard to Europe’s power transmission system. EURISGIC had a number of strands to it, including modelling GIC in the European system and understanding the possible extremes that the system could face. These project strands were represented by nine distinct work packages: • The construction of the first ever European power transmission grid model and an update of the existing UK model • The development of detailed conductivity models for Europe and, separately, the UK • The building of geomagnetic, GIC and related science databases • The production of a GIC risk map for Europe • The investigation of worst case scenarios and extremes in the grid models • The development of the NASA ‘Solar Shield’ magnetospheric and solar wind model for use in the European context • The enhancement of a prototype GIC and geomagnetic forecast system for Europe • The making of geomagnetic, geoelectric and GIC measurements to enhance our knowledge and validate models • The education of the public and other stakeholders through scientific papers and other materials. To assess and guide progress on the project a team of industry advisors was assembled. These advisors included senior power engineers from major electrical transmission system operators from across Europe, including National Grid in the UK. In this poster we demonstrate some of the major findings of the project. The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement no 260330.

Item Type: Publication - Conference Item (Poster)
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Space Sciences
Date made live: 23 May 2014 12:23 +0 (UTC)

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