RUSSIAN JOURNAL OF EARTH SCIENCES VOL. 11, ES3010, doi:10.2205/2009ES000333, 2010

Geomagnetic field evolution. Changes on the way?

Mandea, Mioara1 and Vincent Lesur2

1Université Paris Diderot – Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris Géophysique spatiale et planétaire, Paris, France

2Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum – GFZ Sektion, Potsdam, Germany


High-quality observations have been obtained from a number of magnetic satellites, complementing the ground available data for the last decade. We present here the issues regarding observatory and satellite data, in order to show how these modern measurements have brought new insights in understanding the Earth's magnetic field. It is only when combined with ground-based data that satellite measurements can provide additional opportunities for studies ranging from core flow, mantle conductivity and lithospheric composition to the dynamics of the ionospheric and magnetospheric currents. Therefore, in this paper a case is presented for the necessity of continuous monitoring of geomagnetic field from ground and space. This contribution is mainly based on some recent work and publications we are co-authoring.

Received 26 February 2010; accepted 28 February 2010; published 5 March 2010.

Keywords: Geomagnetic field, secular variation, secular acceleration, satellite measurements


Citation: Mandea, Mioara and Vincent Lesur (2010), Geomagnetic field evolution. Changes on the way?, Russ. J. Earth Sci., 11, ES3010, doi:10.2205/2009ES000333.

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