Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-lxx
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Joseph N. Pelton, Firooz Allahdadi
      Pages 3-33
  3. Solar Flares

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. Frederick M. Jonas
      Pages 37-46
    3. Mikhail Ya. Marov, Vladimir D. Kuznetsov
      Pages 47-78
  4. Coronal Mass Ejections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Maher A. Dayeh
      Pages 81-98
    3. Carlos Alexandre Wuensche
      Pages 99-116
  5. Sun and Solar Wind Monitors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Joseph N. Pelton
      Pages 119-139
    3. Adam Szabo
      Pages 141-157
    4. B. Fleck, O. C. St. Cyr
      Pages 159-178
    5. W. Dean Pesnell
      Pages 179-196
    6. M. Guhathakurta, B. J. Thompson
      Pages 197-222
  6. The Earth’s Natural Protective Systems and the Van Allen Belts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
  7. Cosmic Radiation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 241-241
    2. Joseph N. Pelton
      Pages 243-257
    3. David F. Medina
      Pages 295-314
  8. Geomagnetic Storm and Substorm Missions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 315-315
    2. C. P. Escoubet, A. Masson, H. Laakso, M. G. G. T. Taylor, J. Volpp, D. Sieg et al.
      Pages 317-343
    3. C. T. Russell
      Pages 359-369
    4. A. Nishida, Toshifumi Mukai
      Pages 371-397
  9. The NOAA Space Weather Program

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 399-399
    2. Su-Yin Tan
      Pages 401-447
  10. Micrometeorites, Asteroids, and Comets

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 487-487
    2. Frederick M. Jonas, Firooz Allahdadi
      Pages 489-495
    3. Michael F. A’Hearn, Lindley N. Johnson
      Pages 513-534
    4. Michele Gates, Lindley N. Johnson
      Pages 535-542
    5. Dante S. Lauretta
      Pages 543-567
    6. A. Mainzer, J. Bauer, T. Grav, R. Cutri, J. Masiero, R. S. McMillan et al.
      Pages 583-611
  11. Ground-Based Discovery Efforts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 613-613
    2. Simonetta Di Pippo, Ettore Perozzi
      Pages 615-635
    3. Donald K. Yeomans
      Pages 637-648
  12. Impact Risk Assessment and Estimation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 649-649
    2. Steve Chesley, Paul Chodas
      Pages 651-662
  13. Impact Consequences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 663-663
    2. Mark Boslough
      Pages 665-692
    3. Souheil M. Ezzedine, Paul L. Miller
      Pages 693-715
  14. Information Resources

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 717-717
    2. Gareth V. Williams, Timothy B. Spahr
      Pages 719-730
  15. Defending Against Planetary Threats

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 731-731
    2. David P. S. Dearborn, Paul L. Miller
      Pages 733-754
    3. Karel A. van der Hucht, Johannes Andersen
      Pages 755-762

About this book


Covers in a comprehensive fashion all aspects of cosmic hazards and possible strategies for contending with these threats through a comprehensive planetary defense strategy. This handbook brings together in a single reference work a rich blend of information about the various types of cosmic threats that are posed to human civilization by asteroids, comets, bolides, meteors, solar flares and coronal mass ejections, cosmic radiation and other types of threats that are only recently beginning to be understood and studied, such as investigation of the “cracks” in the protective shield provided by the Van Allen belts and the geomagnetosphere, of matter-antimatter collisions, orbital debris and radiological or biological contamination. Some areas that are addressed involve areas about which there is a good deal of information that has been collected for many decades by multiple space missions run by many different space agencies, observatories and scientific researchers. Other areas involving research and studies that have only recently gotten underway are discussed by some of the world’s foremost experts in each of these areas, who provide up-to-date and scientifically verifiable information. Although much of the work in these various areas have been conducted by space agencies, an expanding range of work is also being carried out by observatories, by universities and other research centers, and even by private foundations and professional organizations. The purpose of this work is thus several-fold: to include the latest information and most systematic research from around the world in a single reference work; to note where there are significant gaps in knowledge where new research, spacecraft, observatories, or other initiatives are needed to fill in critical missing information; and to give the best possible information about preventative actions that might be taken against cosmic threats and identify various alternative strategies that are now under way or planned to cope with these various threats.


Air Bursting Modeling Geomagnetosphere Protection Orbital Debris Threat Planetary Defense Protection Against Asteroids and Comets Protection Against Cosmic Radiation Solar Coronal Mass Ejections Solar Flare Threat Solar Gravitational Keyhole Effect Types of Space Hazards

Editors and affiliations

  • Joseph N. Pelton
    • 1
  • Firooz Allahdadi
    • 2
  1. 1.International Association for the Advancement of Space SafetyArlingtonUSA
  2. 2.Space Science and Environmental ResearchApplied Research AssociatesAlbuquerqueUSA

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