Space weather is one of the most significant natural hazards to human life and health. Conditions of the sun and in the solar wind, magnetosphere, ionosphere, and thermosphere can influence the performance and reliability of space-borne and ground-based technological systems. If conditions in the space environment are adverse, they can cause disruption of satellite operations, communications, navigation, and electric power distribution grids, leading to a variety of socioeconomic losses.

This book provides an overview of our current knowledge and theoretical understanding of space weather formation and covers all major topics of this phenomena, from the sun to the Earth’s ionosphere and thermosphere, thus providing a fully updated review of this rapidly advancing field. The book brings together an outstanding team of internationally recognised contributors to cover topics such as solar wind, the earth's magnetic field, radiation belts, the aurora, spacecraft charging, orbital drag and GPS.


section 1|307 pages

Space Weather Drivers

chapter 1|18 pages

The Sun Judith Karpen and Spiro Antiochos

ByJudith Karpen, Spiro Antiochos

chapter 2|13 pages

Solar Wind

ByMelvyn L. Goldstein

chapter 3|11 pages

Earth’s Magnetic Field

ByNils Olsen

chapter 4|27 pages

Solar Wind–Magnetosphere Interaction

ByJoseph E. Borovsky

chapter 5|20 pages

The Magnetosheath and Its Boundaries

ByDavid G. Sibeck

chapter 6|19 pages

Magnetic Reconnection

ByHoma Karimabadi, Ari Le, Vadim Roytershteyn, William Daughton

chapter 7|16 pages

Magnetospheric Electric Fields and Current Systems

ByStanislav Sazykin

chapter 8|18 pages

Coupling between the Geomagnetic Tail and the Inner Magnetosphere

ByEric Donovan

chapter 9|24 pages

Ring Current

ByYusuke Ebihara

chapter 10|12 pages

Radiation Belts

ByShrikanth G. Kanekal, Daniel N. Baker

chapter 11|13 pages


ByJonathan Krall, Joseph D. Huba

chapter 12|13 pages

Polar Wind

ByRobert W. Schunk

chapter 13|32 pages

Far Ultraviolet Imaging of the Aurora

ByLarry J. Paxton, Yongliang Zhang

chapter 14|15 pages

Ionospheric Electrodynamics

ByArthur D. Richmond

chapter 15|29 pages

Simulating Space Weather

ByTamas I. Gombosi

chapter 16|17 pages

Space Weather and the Extraterrestrial Planets

ByHenry B. Garrett

section 2|81 pages

Some Space Weather Applications

chapter 17|17 pages

Spacecraft Charging

ByHenry B. Garrett

chapter 18|23 pages

Satellite Orbital Drag

ByEftyhia Zesta, Cheryl Y. Huang

chapter 19|35 pages

Space Weather Effects on Communication and Navigation

ByKeith M. Groves, Charles S. Carrano

chapter 20|1 pages

Concluding Remarks

ByGeorge V. Khazanov