Space Weather: Physics and Effects / Edition 1

Space Weather: Physics and Effects / Edition 1

by Volker Bothmer, Ioannis A. Daglis
     
 

ISBN-10: 364206289X

ISBN-13: 9783642062896

Pub. Date: 11/23/2010

Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg

The editors present a state-of-the-art overview on the Physics of Space Weather and its effects on technological and biological systems on the ground and in space. It opens with a general introduction on the subject, followed by a historical review on the major developments in the field of solar terrestrial relationships leading to its development into the

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The editors present a state-of-the-art overview on the Physics of Space Weather and its effects on technological and biological systems on the ground and in space. It opens with a general introduction on the subject, followed by a historical review on the major developments in the field of solar terrestrial relationships leading to its development into the up-to-date field of space weather. Specific emphasis is placed on the technological effects that have impacted society in the past century at times of major solar activity. Chapter 2 summarizes key milestones, starting from the base of solar observations with classic telescopes up to recent space observations and new mission developments with EUV and X-ray telescopes (e.g., STEREO), yielding an unprecedented view of the sun-earth system. Chapter 3 provides a scientific summary of the present understanding of the physics of the sun-earth system based on the latest results from spacecraft designed to observe the Sun, the interplanetary medium and geospace. Chapter 4 describes how the plasma and magnetic field structure of the earth's magnetosphere is impacted by the variation of the solar and interplanetary conditions, providing the necessary science and technology background for missions in low and near earth's orbit. Chapter 5 elaborates the physics of the layer of the earth's upper atmosphere that is the cause of disruptions in radio-wave communications and GPS (Global Positioning System) errors, which is of crucial importance for projects like Galileo. In Chapters 6-10, the impacts of technology used up to now in space, on earth and on life are reviewed.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783642062896
Publisher:
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date:
11/23/2010
Series:
Springer Praxis Books/Environmental Sciences Series
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2007
Pages:
438
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction,- 2. Space Weather Forecasting Historically Viewed through the Lens of Meterology,- 3. The Solar and Interplanetary Drivers of Space and Storms,- 4. The Coupling of the Solar Wind to the Earth's Magnetosphere,- 5. Major Radiation Environments in the Heliosphere and their Implications for Interplanetary Travel,- 6. Radiation Belts and Ring Currents,- 7. Ionospheric Response,- 8. Solar Effects in the Middle and Lower Stratosphere and Probable Associations with the Troposphere,- 9. Space Weather Effects on Communications,- 10. Space Weather Effects on Power Grids,- 11. Space Weather Impacts on Space Radiation,- 12. Effects on Spacecraft Hardware and Operations,- 13. Effects on Satellite Navigation,- 14. Forecasting Space Weather,-15. Outlook.

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