Geomagnetism and Aeronomy

, Volume 58, Issue 3, pp 356–372 | Cite as

Global Survey Method for the World Network of Neutron Monitors

  • A. V. Belov
  • E. A. Eroshenko
  • V. G. Yanke
  • V. A. Oleneva
  • M. A. Abunina
  • A. A. Abunin


One of the variants of the global survey method developed and used for many years at the Institute of Terrestrial Magnetism, Ionosphere, and Radio Wave Propagation of the Russian Academy of Sciences is described. Data from the world network of neutron monitors for every hour from July 1957 to the present has been processed by this method. A consistent continuous series of hourly characteristics of variation of the density and vector anisotropy of cosmic rays with a rigidity of 10 GV is obtained. A database of Forbush decreases in galactic cosmic rays caused by large-scale disturbances of the interplanetary medium for more than half a century has been created based on this series. The capabilities of the database make it possible to perform a correlation analysis of various parameters of the space environment (characteristics of the Sun, solar wind, and interplanetary magnetic field) with the parameters of cosmic rays and to study their interrelationships in the solar–terrestrial space. The features of reception coefficients for different stations are considered, which allows the transition from variations according to ground measurements to variations of primary cosmic rays. The advantages and disadvantages of this variant of the global survey method and the opportunities for its development and improvement are assessed. The developed method makes it possible to minimize the problems of the network of neutron monitors and to make significant use of its advantages.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. V. Belov
    • 1
  • E. A. Eroshenko
    • 1
  • V. G. Yanke
    • 1
  • V. A. Oleneva
    • 1
  • M. A. Abunina
    • 1
  • A. A. Abunin
    • 1
  1. 1.Pushkov Institute of Terrestrial Magnetism, Ionosphere, and Radio Wave PropagationRussian Academy of Sciences (IZMIRAN)Troitsk, MoscowRussia

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