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Characterization of the geomagnetic field and its dynamic environment using data from space-based magnetometers

Earth, Planets and Space welcomes submissions to the special issue on ''Characterization of the geomagnetic field and its dynamic environment using data from space-based magnetometers'.

The main part of the geomagnetic field arises from the Earth’s outer core. It extends to a distance of ~10 Earth radii and acts as to shield against solar and cosmic particle radiation, and determines the strength and geometry of ionospheric and magnetospheric current systems. These systems vary as Earth’s field changes due to core dynamics but are also profoundly altered during space weather events.

Understanding the processes responsible for these various magnetic field contributions and tracking their variability in time is there vital to ensure the preparedness of modern technology on ground and in space on which society increasingly depends. Most of our knowledge of the spatial and temporal variations of the recent geomagnetic field has been achieved through observations from high precision magnetic satellite missions, such as Ørsted, CHAMP, and Swarm. However, a multitude of satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) carry avionics magnetometers for satellite attitude determination and control. These magnetometers, by design, do not meet high precision scientific requirements, but have been shown to add valuable information in characterizing the geomagnetic field and its environment after appropriate calibration.

This special issue solicits contributions which elucidate calibration strategies of magnetometer data from non-science space-borne magnetometer instrumentation in LEO, their applications to Earth and space science, and ideas to further enhance their applicability for Earth science and exploration.

Submission Instructions

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for Earth, Planets and Space. The complete manuscript should be submitted through the Earth, Planets and Space submission system. To ensure that you submit to the correct special issue please select the appropriate special issue in the drop-down menu upon submission. In addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish your manuscript to be considered as part of the special issue on 'Characterization of the geomagnetic field and its dynamic environment using data from space-based magnetometers'. All submissions will undergo rigorous peer review and accepted articles will be published within the journal as a collection.

Deadline for submissions: 31 May 2020

Lead Guest Editor

Claudia Stolle, GFZ Potsdam, University of Potsdam, Germany

Guest Editors

Nils Olsen, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Brian J. Anderson, John Hopkins University
Eelco Dornboos, Dutch National Weather Service, The Netherlands
Alexey Kuvshinov, ETZ Zurich, Switzerland

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