Section 2.8: Magnetospheric Physics

The near-Earth space environment is hazardous and poses a significant risk for satellites and humans in space. Currently, there are hundreds of operational commercial satellites with a revenue stream of tens of billions of dollars per year. There are also a number of other satellites that assist in navigation, weather prediction, and telecommunication. Frequent satellite failures caused by space weather have fueled a surge in interest with specification and prediction of space weather during the last decade.

Our section is working on understanding of the dynamical evolution of the hazardous space radiation environment and developing the tools for specification and prediction of the adverse effects of space environment using models and data assimilation. We study fundamental processes in the near-Earth environment and focus on understanding fundamental processes responsible for the evolution of space radiation. Our research will help safely design and operate satellites and maintain ground networks. In our research we try to bridge our theoretical studies with high performance computing to develop tools that can be used by engineers.


Physics-based Modelling of the Radiation Belts

Data Assimilation

Machine Learning

Ring Current Modelling


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Prof. Dr. Yuri Shprits
Magnetospheric Physics

Behlertstraße 3a
Building K 3, room 012
14467 Potsdam
tel. +49 331 288-28899


Ms. Martina Krüger
Assistance of Geomagnetism

Behlertstraße 3a
Building K 3, room 011
14467 Potsdam
tel. +49 331 288-1231