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Solar-Terrestrial Physics Division
The Polar Conjugate Facility (PCF) is a collaboration amongst ground magnetometer data providers managing stations located at magnetically conjugate high-latitude sites. Partners in the PCF are:
The scientific objectives of the collaboratory are studies of the global response of the magnetosphere-ionosphere system to variations in solar irradiance, solar wind and interplanetary magnetic field (IMF). A better quantitative understanding of the effects of solar variability on the Earth's magnetosphere and ionosphere of the Earth will contribute to providing parameters or constraints for the space weather models. The PCF aims at coordinating scientific research on specific topics which have been identified as topics of common interest to the PCF partners.Areas of a joint research effort may include:
Another objective concerns the planning and mutual consultation about future upgrades and expansion of the facility. Topics for discussion include:
In order to facilitate joint research projects, magnetic variation measurements of selected time intervals should be freely exchanged between the PCF partners. It is suggested that a central data-retrieving facility be created at DMI where the magnetic field data from the various PCF partners are accessed remotely, merged into common format data files, and plotted on-fly showing stack-plots of both the northern and southern geomagentic disturbances.
Brief description of magnetic conjugacy