The aim of the project is to investigate the origins and consequences of geomagnetically induced currents in Austria, which potentially cause damage to critical infrastructure, especially power grids. Such currents are primarily produced during extreme space weather events. By making use of satellite observations of the sun, in combination with geomagnetic observations from Conrad Observatory, such extreme space weather events can be effectively monitored. The resulting magnetic field variations, together with a newly established conductivity model, which is also determined by a combination of satellite and ground based data, and a power grid model of Austria, will be used to develop a near real-time model of induced currents.


Start January 2015
End December 2017

Project supervisor
Dr. Roman Leonhardt (Direktor des Conrad Observatorium, ZAMG)

Project partner
NGU Trondheim
Montanuniversität Leoben
Austrian Power Grid (APG)
Technische Universität Graz
British Geological Survey (BGS)
Geodetic and Geophysical Institute (RCAES,HAS)
Geologische Bundesanstalt (GBA)



Bailey, R. L. & Leonhardt, R., 2016. Automated detection of geomagnetic storms with heightened risk of GIC Earth, Planets, Space, 68, 99