Acta Geophysica

, Volume 57, Issue 1, pp 209–219 | Cite as

A review of progress in modelling of induced geoelectric and geomagnetic fields with special regard to induced currents

  • Alan W.P. Thomson
  • Allan J. McKay
  • Ari Viljanen


The Earth’s lithosphere and mantle respond to Space Weather through time-varying, depth-dependent induced magnetic and electric fields. Understanding the properties of these electromagnetic fields is a key consideration in modelling the hazard to technological systems from Space Weather. In this paper we review current understanding of these fields, in terms of regional and global-scale geology and geophysics. We highlight progress towards integrated European-scale models of geomagnetic and geoelectric fields, specifically for the purposes of modelling geomagnetically induced currents in power grids and pipelines.

Key words

global conductivity models geoelectric fields geomagnetic fields 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan W.P. Thomson
    • 1
  • Allan J. McKay
    • 1
  • Ari Viljanen
    • 2
  1. 1.British Geological SurveyEdinburghUK
  2. 2.Finnish Meteorological InstituteHelsinkiFinland

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