Space Science Reviews

, Volume 93, Issue 1–2, pp 175–185 | Cite as

Cosmic Rays and Earth's Climate

  • Henrik Svensmark


During the last solar cycle the Earth's cloud cover underwent a modulation in phase with the cosmic ray flux. Assuming that there is a causal relationship between the two, it is expected and found that the Earth's temperature follows more closely decade variations in cosmic ray flux than other solar activity parameters. If the relationship is real the state of the Heliosphere affects the Earth's climate.


Solar Activity Solar Cycle Sunspot Number Solar Irradiance Maunder Minimum 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Henrik Svensmark
    • 1
  1. 1.Danish Space Research InstituteCopenhagen ØDenmark

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