The Earth's magnetic field

This team undertakes long-term monitoring of the Earth’s magnetic field through the operation of magnetic observatories in the UK and overseas. We use worldwide land, marine, airborne and satellite data to make global models describing how the Earth's magnetic field changes in space and time. Our research, with academic partners, uses geomagnetic field observations to improve our understanding of:

  • deep Earth properties and processes
  • magnetic interactions between the Sun and the Earth
We apply our science to:
  • navigation, including drilling for oil and gas
  • studying the impact of solar-terrestrial interactions on technology and our environment.

Contact Dr Alan Thomson for more information.