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Physics & Astronomy Seminar: Geomagnetic Storms

  • Tuesday, March 26, 2019
  • 3:30 PM–4:45 PM
  • Science Building Room 110

University of Michigan Professor Mark Moldwin will present a seminar on March 26 at 3:45 in SB 110.

The Calvin College Physics and Astronomy Department announces a seminar entitled “Extreme Space Weather: The Impacts of a Carrington-Class Geomagnetic Storm on Society” presented by Mark Moldwin, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Space Sciences and Engineering, University of Michigan, on March 26 , 2019 at 3:45 p.m. in SB 110. All are invited to attend.

Can a major geomagnetic storm cause a major economic depression and severely impact modern technological society? Risk assessment often uses "worst-case" scenarios in assessing potential impacts to determine the best risk management strategies. The geomagnetic storm of 1859 documented by Richard Carrington is the largest geomagnetic storm in recorded history. This talk will examine the potential consequences to modern technological society if a Carrington-class storm hit Earth today.  The cascading economic and technological consequences and the risk management strategies being implemented will be described.

Refreshments will be served at 3:30 in SB 157.

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