Geomagnetic network in Europe
Geomagnetic repeat station surveys have a long tradition in many European countries. Nevertheless they have been carried out independently in the individual countries. The spatial density and the repeat intervals varied significantly. It has been difficult for a long time to use the data efficiently for studies of geomagnetic secular variation of the whole continent. A more homogeneous spatial and temporal distribution of high quality repeat station data was desirable. Therefore we organised a workshop at the Niemegk geomagnetic observatory in 2003 in order to exchange experiences and coordinate the individual European efforts. The result was an initiative to carry out common geomagnetic repeat station surveys in the European countries every two years. This successful initiative is meanwhile known as MagNetE (Magnetic Network of Europe), and supported by a resolution of IAGA (International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy). Workshops are organised in different countries every two years in order to ensure the continuing cooperation between the participants from some 20 European countries. The latest workshop was held in May 2011 in Rome, and the next one is planned in Prague for 2013.
European repeat station network (red dots) and geomagnetic observatories (blue dots).
Links and Summaries :
- First Workshop on European Geomagnetic Repeat Stations, February 20-21, 2003, Adolf Schmidt-Observatory for Geomagnetism, Niemegk (Summary PDF)
- Second European Repeat Station Workshop, Institute of Geodesy and Cartography (IGIK), Warsaw, 6-8 April 2005 (Summary PDF)
- Third European MagNetE Workshop, Romanian Academy Institute of Geodynamics, Bucharest, 14-16 May 2007 (Summary PDF)
- Fourth European MagNetE Workshop, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Helsinki, 8-10 June 2009 ( Summary PDF )
- Fifth European MagNetE Workshop, INGV, Rome, Italy, 9 - 11 May 2011 ( Summary 2011 )