An Introduction to Space Weather

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 7, 2008 - Science
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Space weather is an emerging field of space science focused on understanding societal and technological impacts of the solar-terrestrial relationship. The Sun, which has tremendous influence on Earth's space environment, releases vast amounts of energy in the form of electromagnetic and particle radiation that can damage or destroy satellite, navigation, communication and power distribution systems. This textbook introduces the relationship between the Sun and Earth, and shows how it impacts our technological society. One of the first undergraduate textbooks on space weather aimed at non-science majors, it uses the practical aspects of space weather to introduce space physics and give students an understanding of the Sun-Earth relationship. Definitions of important terms are given throughout the text. Key concepts, supplements, and review questions are given at the end of each chapter to help students understand the materials covered. This textbook is ideal for introductory space physics courses.
 

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Contents

1 What is space weather?
1
2 The variable Sun
17
3 The heliosphere
37
4 Earths space environment
50
5 Earths upper atmosphere
68
6 The technological impacts of space storms
79
Color plate section is located between pages 94 and 95
94
7 The perils of living in space
95
8 Other space weather phenomena
112
Appendix A Web resources
123
Appendix B SI units
125
Appendix C SI prefixes
127
References
128
Historical Bibliography
129
Index
131
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Mark B. Moldwin is Professor of Space Physics at the Department of Earth and Space Sciences and the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California, Los Angeles. His primary research interests are magnetospheric and heliospheric plasma physics, and pre-college space science education and outreach activities.

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