Weathering a Perfect Storm from Space

Earth Magazine



Extreme space-weather events — intense solar and geomagnetic storms — have occurred in the past: most recently in 1859, 1921 and 1989. So scientists expect that, sooner or later, another extremely intense spaceweather event will strike Earth again. Such storms have the potential to cause widespread interference with and damage to technological systems. A National Academy of Sciences study projects that an extreme space-weather event could end up costing the American economy more than $1 trillion. The question now is whether or not we will take the actions needed to avoid such expensive consequences. Let’s assume that we do. Below is an imagined scenario of how, sometime in the future, an extreme space-weather event might play out.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Weathering a Perfect Storm from Space
Series title Earth Magazine
Volume 61
Issue 2
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher American Geological Institute
Publisher location Alexandria, VA
Contributing office(s) Geologic Hazards Science Center
Description 2 p.
First page 8
Last page 9
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