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Pure and Applied Geophysics

, Volume 164, Issue 1, pp 161–176 | Cite as

The Spatial and Temporal Characteristics of Pc3 Geomagnetic Activity over Canada in 2000, as a Guide to Planning the Times of Aeromagnetic Surveys

  • Marc A. ValléeEmail author
  • Larry Newitt
  • Ian R. Mann
  • Mouhamed Moussaoui
  • Régis Dumont
  • Pierre Keating
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Abstract

Geomagnetic activity affects aeromagnetic surveys. Geomagnetic variations are quite complex and can be quantified in different ways. A measure of geomagnetic activity that is useful for planning aeromagnetic surveys is the Pc3 pulsation index developed by the Australian Space Weather Agency. Purposeful to developing guidelines for planning aeromagnetic surveys in Canada, we study the variations in Pc3 index amplitude over Canada in 2000. This study shows distinct patterns associated with the sub-auroral zone, the auroral zone, and the polar cap. Average Pc3 index activity is higher during the months of February, July, September, and November in the auroral and sub-auroral zones. The station in the polar cap exhibits maximum activity near midday during the summer months. Detailed analysis of a magnetic storm shows that Pc3 index amplitude during the beginning of the solar storm is least important at the polar cap. The mean Pc3 index also relates to solar wind parameters such as the solar wind velocity and the vertical polarity of the interplanetary magnetic field. Analysis of the morning maximum of the Pc3 index observed in the auroral zone can be used to develop guidelines for planning aeromagnetic surveys in Canada and other areas of the world affected by auroral zones.

Keywords

Aeromagnetic surveys geomagnetism pulsations geomagnetic storms 

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© Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel, 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marc A. Vallée
    • 1
    Email author
  • Larry Newitt
    • 2
  • Ian R. Mann
    • 3
  • Mouhamed Moussaoui
    • 4
  • Régis Dumont
    • 5
  • Pierre Keating
    • 5
  1. 1.Fugro Airborne SurveysOttawaCanada
  2. 2.Geomagnetic LaboratoryGeological Survey of CanadaOttawaCanada
  3. 3.Space Physics Group, Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada
  4. 4.Fugro Airborne SurveysOttawaCanada
  5. 5.Geological Survey of CanadaOttawaCanada

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