Geomagnetically Induced Currents in Austria

Short Description

The aim of the project is to investigate the origins and consequences of geomagnetically induced currents in Austria, which can 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 the 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.

Project Partners


ZAMG - Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik

Project partner

  • ZAMG-Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik
  • Austrian Power Grid (APG)
  • British Geological Survey (BGS)
  • Geodetic and Geophysical Institute, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS)
  • Geological Survey of Norway (NGU)
  • Geologische Bundesanstalt (GBA)
  • Montanuniversität Leoben (MUL)
  • Technische Universität Graz (TU Graz)

Contact Address

ZAMG - Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik
Dr. Roman Leonhardt
Hohe Warte 38
A-1190 Wien