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International Geomagnetic Reference Field - The Twelfth generation

Edited by: Erwan Thebault, Christopher Finlay

This special issue of is devoted to modelling the Earth’s magnetic field, in particular, to the construction of the 12th generation of the International Geomagnetic Reference Field.

Publication started: 25 April 2015
Publication finished: 23 September 2015

  1. TECHNICAL REPORT

    Evaluation of candidate geomagnetic field models for IGRF-12

    The 12th revision of the International Geomagnetic Reference Field (IGRF) was issued in December 2014 by the International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA) Division V Working Group V-MOD (

    Erwan Thébault, Christopher C. Finlay, Patrick Alken, Ciaran D. Beggan, Elisabeth Canet, Arnaud Chulliat, Benoit Langlais, Vincent Lesur, Frank J. Lowes, Chandrasekharan Manoj, Martin Rother and Reyko Schachtschneider

    Earth, Planets and Space 2015 67:112

    Published on: 19 July 2015

  2. Full paper

    A 2015 International Geomagnetic Reference Field (IGRF) candidate model based on Swarm’s experimental absolute magnetometer vector mode data

    Each of the three satellites of the European Space Agency Swarm mission carries an absolute scalar magnetometer (ASM) that provides the nominal 1-Hz scalar data of the mission for both science and calibration pur...

    Pierre Vigneron, Gauthier Hulot, Nils Olsen, Jean-Michel Léger, Thomas Jager, Laura Brocco, Olivier Sirol, Pierdavide Coïsson, Xavier Lalanne, Arnaud Chulliat, François Bertrand, Axel Boness and Isabelle Fratter

    Earth, Planets and Space 2015 67:95

    Published on: 20 June 2015

  3. FULL PAPER

    Parent magnetic field models for the IGRF-12GFZ-candidates

    We propose candidate models for IGRF-12. These models were derived from parent models built from 10 months of Swarm satellite data and 1.5 years of magnetic observatory data. Using the same parameterisation, a...

    Vincent Lesur, Martin Rother, Ingo Wardinski, Reyko Schachtschneider, Mohamed Hamoudi and Aude Chambodut

    Earth, Planets and Space 2015 67:87

    Published on: 10 June 2015

  4. LETTER

    International Geomagnetic Reference Field: the 12th generation

    The 12th generation of the International Geomagnetic Reference Field (IGRF) was adopted in December 2014 by the Working Group V-MOD appointed by the International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA...

    Erwan Thébault, Christopher C Finlay, Ciarán D Beggan, Patrick Alken, Julien Aubert, Olivier Barrois, Francois Bertrand, Tatiana Bondar, Axel Boness, Laura Brocco, Elisabeth Canet, Aude Chambodut, Arnaud Chulliat, Pierdavide Coïsson, François Civet, Aimin Du…

    Earth, Planets and Space 2015 67:79

    Published on: 27 May 2015

  5. FULL PAPER

    The BGS magnetic field candidate models for the 12th generation IGRF

    We describe the candidate models submitted by the British Geological Survey for the 12th generation International Geomagnetic Reference Field. These models are extracted from a spherical harmonic ‘parent model...

    Brian Hamilton, Victoria A Ridley, Ciarán D Beggan and Susan Macmillan

    Earth, Planets and Space 2015 67:69

    Published on: 12 May 2015

  6. Frontier letter

    In-flight performance of the Absolute Scalar Magnetometer vector mode on board the Swarm satellites

    The role of the Absolute Scalar Magnetometer (ASM) in the European Space Agency (ESA) Swarm mission is to deliver absolute measurements of the magnetic field’s strength for science investigations and in-flight...

    Jean-Michel Léger, Thomas Jager, François Bertrand, Gauthier Hulot, Laura Brocco, Pierre Vigneron, Xavier Lalanne, Arnaud Chulliat and Isabelle Fratter

    Earth, Planets and Space 2015 67:57

    Published on: 25 April 2015