Hazard Space Weather
Geoscience Australia’s Community Safety team supports Australia’s ability to manage the impact of space weather and helps inform decisions about risk.
We contribute to each stage of the emergency management cycle to help improve preparedness, response and recovery with our focus on contributing towards community safety.
Our magnetic field and geomagnetically-induced current modelling are used for navigation, magnetic direction finding, resource exploration and to mitigate against potential hazards generated by magnetic storms. Geoscience Australia also promotes public safety through the provision of .
During magnetic storms huge electric currents flow in Earth's ionosphere. They may cause inaccuracies in compass readings, radio broadcasts to be received in areas far from where they were intended and auroras to be seen at latitudes much nearer the equator than usual.
We also provide about people, property and infrastructure potentially exposed during an event. Our information aids in providing an understanding of the situation to targeted preparedness, response and recovery efforts.
We engage with different sectors to provide assessments and address new challenges as they emerge.
We are expanding our geomagnetic monitoring capabilities to establish baseline measurements and to better predict geomagnetically induced currents, that will enable us to produce more reliable space weather hazard assessments across Australia.
Our Researchers are committed to growing our knowledge base to prepare for challenges of the future.
We have a strong attendance at conferences and events to maintain awareness of the challenges faced by the community safety sector and keep up to date with latest science.
Our open-source data is accessed by developers interested in solving operational challenges of reducing vulnerability and exposure to hazards.
Case study Analysing historic geomagnetic data to identify space weather hazards
How historic data recorded by Geoscience Australia’s geomagnetic observatories is influencing Australian electricity infrastructure decision making.
Australian magnetic-field monitoring is providing an invaluable dataset for safeguarding Australian infrastructure and industry.
Senior Geomagnetic Scientist at Geoscience Australia