Main Geomagnetically Induced Currents from the Sun to the Power Grid

Geomagnetically Induced Currents from the Sun to the Power Grid

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When beginning work in the study of Geomagnetically
Induced Currents (GICs), one of the most common diffi-
culties experienced by a researcher is in overcoming, and
eventually embracing, the interdisciplinary nature of the
field. To understand the GIC process from start to end,
we must understand a little bit of solar physics, space
weather, geophysics, and power engineering – fields with
completely different applications, expertise, and lan-
guage. At a typical university, these disciplines are often
in different departments, and likely in completely differ-
ent schools. Overcoming disciplinary barriers takes a
willingness to leave behind the high degree of specializa-
tion that the academic path requires and become a novice
in at least one new field. This is daunting for most of us.
GIC research is also highly applied. Because of the
potential for extreme GICs to damage critical power
grid infrastructure, there is a great deal of societal
importance. New research may have a significant effect
on industry and government. This real‐world relevance
is often what draws us to the field, but means that there
are also practical considerations. Given the wide range
of backgrounds and priorities among participants
in the field, it is no wonder that there are sometimes
disagreements, but also great potential for cross‐pollination
of ideas and information.
Some of these differences will be apparent in this book.
The book is presented in three parts  –  Space Weather,
Geomagnetic Induction, and Power System Impacts. Each
section is curated by an editor in the particular subfield,
with authors invited from among the leading experts in the
field. We have endeavored to include a range of expertise
and backgrounds, and each of the authors has provided a
perspective on their topic aimed at experts in adjacent
fields. This book would not exist without the hard work of
these authors, for which we are extremely grateful and
humbled that they would join us in this effort. We hope
that the result is a practical, interdisciplinary introduction
to a full range of topics relevant to the GIC problem.
We hope that you, as a reader of this book, find it use-
ful as a bridge to a new discipline within the broad range
of GIC topics, or perhaps even find something new
within your own specialty
Categories: Physics\\Geophysics
Year: 2019
Publisher: Wiley-AGU
Language: english
Pages: 237
ISBN 13: 9781119434344
Series: Geophysical Monograph Series 244
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