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On the watch for geomagnetic storms

April 1, 1998

Geomagnetic storms, induced by solar activity, pose significant hazards to satellites, electrical power distribution systems, radio communications, navigation, and geophysical surveys. Strong storms can expose astronauts and crews of high-flying aircraft to dangerous levels of radiation. Economic losses from recent geomagnetic storms have run into hundreds of millions of dollars. With the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) as the lead agency, an international network of geomagnetic observatories monitors the onset of solar-induced storms and gives warnings that help diminish losses to military and commercial operations and facilities.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1997
Title On the watch for geomagnetic storms
DOI 10.3133/fs17797
Authors Arthur W. Green, William M. Brown
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 177-97
Index ID fs17797
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Geomagnetic Information Center