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Physical bases of the generation of short-term earthquake precursors: A complex model of ionization-induced geophysical processes in the lithosphere-atmosphere-ionosphere-magnetosphere system

  • S. A. Pulinets
  • D. P. Ouzounov
  • A. V. Karelin
  • D. V. Davidenko


This paper describes the current understanding of the interaction between geospheres from a complex set of physical and chemical processes under the influence of ionization. The sources of ionization involve the Earth’s natural radioactivity and its intensification before earthquakes in seismically active regions, anthropogenic radioactivity caused by nuclear weapon testing and accidents in nuclear power plants and radioactive waste storage, the impact of galactic and solar cosmic rays, and active geophysical experiments using artificial ionization equipment. This approach treats the environment as an open complex system with dissipation, where inherent processes can be considered in the framework of the synergistic approach. We demonstrate the synergy between the evolution of thermal and electromagnetic anomalies in the Earth’s atmosphere, ionosphere, and magnetosphere. This makes it possible to determine the direction of the interaction process, which is especially important in applications related to short-term earthquake prediction. That is why the emphasis in this study is on the processes proceeding the final stage of earthquake preparation; the effects of other ionization sources are used to demonstrate that the model is versatile and broadly applicable in geophysics.


Radon Total Electron Content Wenchuan Earthquake Outgoing Longwave Radiation Earth Quake 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. A. Pulinets
    • 1
  • D. P. Ouzounov
    • 2
  • A. V. Karelin
    • 3
  • D. V. Davidenko
    • 1
    • 4
  1. 1.Space Research InstituteRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Chapman UniversityOrangeUSA
  3. 3.Central Scientific Research Institute of Mechanical EngineeringMoscow RegionRussia
  4. 4.Korolev Rocket-Space Corporation EnergiyaMoscow RegionRussia

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