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YuriBelts - A geomagnetic storm

Here you see the trailer to a GFZ press release on a long-standing scientific problem:

A geomagnetic storm on January 17, 2013, provided unique observations that finally resolved a long-standing scientific problem.

For decades, scientists had asked how particles hitting the Earth's magnetosphere were lost. A likely mechanism involved certain electromagnetic waves scattering particles into the Earth's atmosphere. More recently, another mechanism was proposed that caused particles to be lost in interplanetary space. Yuri Shprits from the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences and the University of Potsdam, together with colleagues from several institutions, recently found that both mechanisms play a role affecting particles at different speeds. “This study resolves some fundamental scientific questions about our space environment and may also help understand fundamental processes that occur elsewhere in space, on the Sun, in outer planets, distant galaxies, and exoplanets,” says Yuri Shprits. He adds: “This study will also help us predict and now-cast the space environment and protect valuable satellites in space.” The study appeared in Nature Communications on Wednesday, September 28, 2016.

Credit: NASA/Joy Ng/Martin Rother/GFZ-Potsdam

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Animated "Potsdam Gravity Potato" 2013

Durch die ungleichmäßige Verteilung der Erdmasse ist die Erde keine runde Kugel. Die Darstellung der Schwerkraft-bedingten Abweichungen ist als "Potsdamer Kartoffel" bekannt - einem am GFZ berechneten Modell der Erdschwereverteilung. Die Abweichungen sind stark überhöht dargestellt (Animation: Martin Rother, GFZ).


>>Mehr Informationen zur "Potsdamer Kartoffel"

Animation of the El niño

Sea level deviations from long term mean in the Pacific from January to December 2015 in meters (Animation: Tilo Schöne, GFZ).


Animation of sea level changes 2016


Sea level deviations from long term mean in the Pacific from January to December 2016 in meters (Animation: Tilo Schöne, GFZ).


Animation of seasonal, geological storage of heat

The principle of seasonal storage is to store excess heat in the aquifer in summer and use it in winter as heating.


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