Geomagnetically induced currents: Science, engineering, and applications readiness

Space Weather
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This paper is the primary deliverable of the very first NASA Living With a Star Institute Working Group, Geomagnetically Induced Currents (GIC) Working Group. The paper provides a broad overview of the current status and future challenges pertaining to the science, engineering, and applications of the GIC problem. Science is understood here as the basic space and Earth sciences research that allows improved understanding and physics-based modeling of the physical processes behind GIC. Engineering, in turn, is understood here as the “impact” aspect of GIC. Applications are understood as the models, tools, and activities that can provide actionable information to entities such as power systems operators for mitigating the effects of GIC and government agencies for managing any potential consequences from GIC impact to critical infrastructure. Applications can be considered the ultimate goal of our GIC work. In assessing the status of the field, we quantify the readiness of various applications in the mitigation context. We use the Applications Readiness Level (ARL) concept to carry out the quantification.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Geomagnetically induced currents: Science, engineering, and applications readiness
Series title Space Weather
DOI 10.1002/2016SW001501
Volume 15
Issue 7
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher AGU
Contributing office(s) Geologic Hazards Science Center
Description 29 p.
First page 828
Last page 856
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