Natural Hazards

, Volume 23, Issue 2–3, pp 121–135 | Cite as

Geophysical Hazard for Human Health in the Circumpolar Auroral Belt: Evidence of a Relationship between Heart Rate Variation and Electromagnetic Disturbances

  • Sergey Chernouss
  • Antoly Vinogradov
  • Elvira Vlassova


Geomagnetic storms are a natural hazard tohuman health in the Auroral Belt of the Circumpolar.Geomagnetic disturbances in space, and the associated short-term variations in the atmosphere and the geophysical environment,provoke a disturbance of nervous and cardiovascular systems in the human body. The Heart Rate Variability (HRV) method providesa momentary response of human organisms toshort-term geophysical perturbations related to the Polar Aurora. A pilot project was performed in the Murmansk region in 1997–1999 with a contemporaneous series of records for both HRV in a test group of local inhabitants and the variations of natural geomagnetic fields.A correlation between geomagnetic disturbances and heart rate was calculated and different reactions of people on geophysical impact were shown. The special group of `Aurora Disturbance Sensitive People' (ADSP) was revealed. Aninternational study, aimed atevaluation of the impact on human health due to exposure of northern populations to the geophysical risk factor (GRF) in the Circumpolar areas located under the Aurora Belt, is needed.

Geomagnetic perturbations geophysical hazard cardiovascular system public health Auroral Belt Circumpolar heart rate variation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sergey Chernouss
    • 1
  • Antoly Vinogradov
    • 1
  • Elvira Vlassova
    • 1
  1. 1.Polar Geophysical Institute and Centre of Human Adaptive PowerKola Science Centre of the Russian Academy of SciencesApatityRussia

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