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New magnetic observatory - Fort McMurray

A new magnetic observatory has been installed and commissioned in Canada. This joint five-year project between BGS and Halliburton Group Canada aims to improve the accuracy, safety and efficiency of directional drilling operations in northern Alberta. Find out more about Fort McMurray observatory.

Testing GIC sensitivities

A new paper has been published on the sensitivity of geomagnetically induced currents (GIC) to varying auroral electrojet and conductivity models. We investigate whether changing the conductivity of the ground makes a difference to the size of GIC generated during large geomagnetic storms.

What are geomagnetically induced currents? Find out more.

World Magnetic Model 2015 released!

The latest revision of the World Magnetic Model has been released. This five-year model valid until 2020. This was created jointly by BGS and NOAA.

Read more about the World Magnetic Model here.

GeoSocial Aurora - share your aurora sightings!

Share your aurora sightings with us through a new mapping tool GeoSocial - Aurora!

Tweet your geo-located sightings and see them displayed on the map for others to see!

Read more about how GeoSocial may help aurora prediction.

Sign-up for geomagnetic disturbance alerts

When we predict an increase in magnetic activity we send out a geomagnetic disturbance alert.
Notice of a potential magnetic storm increases your chance of seeing the Northern Lights!

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Latest News

  • New observatory - Fort McMurray
  • Paper - Sensitivity of geomagnetically induced currents to varying auroral electrojet and conductivity models (2015)
  • Poster - Extremes in worldwide geomagnetic activity (2014)
  • Press Release - Course correction for the world's smartphones
  • GeoSocial Aurora - a new aurora sighting mapping tool

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