The aim of the project is to investigate the origins and consequences of geomagnetically induced currents in Austria, which potentially cause damage to critical infrastructure, especially power grids.
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Such currents are primarily produced during extreme space weather events. By making use of satellite observations of the sun, in combination with geomagnetic observations from Conrad Observatory, such extreme space weather events can be effectively monitored. The resulting magnetic field variations, together with a newly established conductivity model, which is also determined by a combination of satellite and ground based data, and a power grid model of Austria, will be used to develop a near real-time model of induced currents.

Project partners: Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik (ZAMG), Austrian Power Grid (APG), Technische Universität Graz, Montanuniversität Leoben (MUL), British Geological Survey (BGS), Geodetic and Geophysical Institute (RCAES,HAS), Geological Survey of Norway (NGU)
Project titleGeomagnetically Induced Currents in Austria
Project acronymGEOMAGICA
Project short titleGEOMAGICA
Project managerMag. Robert Supper, Dr. Roman Leonhardt (ZAMG)
Period of time01.01.15 - 31.12.17