Using data from the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Cluster and Swarm missions, scientists were able to establish a link between the oddly named bursty bulk flows and sudden changes in the Earth’s magnetic field. According to a paper published in Geophysical Research Letters, researchers studied bursty bulk flows, which are fast bursts of ions with typical velocities larger than 150 km/s. They found a link between solar storms, bursty bulk flows in the inner magnetosphere and disturbances in the ground level magnetic field which drive “geomagnetically induced currents” on and below Earth’s surface.
Solar storm warning as ‘major blackouts’ threaten life on Earth – scientists raise alarm
- Solar storm warning as ‘major blackouts’ threaten life on Earth – scientists raise alarm