Scientists from forty countries to calibrate magnetic instruments in Colorado foothills

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Scientists from forty countries to calibrate magnetic instruments in Colorado foothills

For the first time in the U.S., the International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA) will conduct a workshop on magnetic observatories and the use of geomagnetic data June 9-18, 2008 in Boulder and Golden, Colo. Approximately 150 scientists from 40 different countries will participate.  The U.S. Geological Survey, the Colorado School of Mines, and IAGA will host the event.

The workshop will include presentations and discussions about how magnetic data are used for scientific research and practical application.  An additional and unusual aspect of the workshop will be a week-long instrument session where careful measurements are made of the Earth’s magnetic field at the USGS Magnetic Observatory in Boulder.  This will ensure that agencies around the world are able to produce calibrated geomagnetic data useful for studying and mapping the Earth’s magnetic field, and for reducing problems caused by geomagnetic field variations that affect power grids, radio communication, navigation systems, and satellite operations.
       
When:      Wednesday, June 11, 2008, 9 – 11 a.m.

Where:    USGS Magnetic Observatory, Boulder, Colo., 8600 N. 39th St. http://maps.google.com/maps?q=+8600+N+39th+St,+Longmont,+co&ie=UTF8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&safe=active&ll=40.102761,-105.2631&spn=0.181722,0.300751&z=12&iwloc=addr

Why:          The study of the Earth's magnetic field is important so that the impact of magnetic storms can be minimized.  

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