160 pages, 12 colour & 15 b/w illustrations
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. An Introduction to Space Weather 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. An Introduction to Space Weather is ideal for introductory space physics courses.
1. What is space weather?
2. The variable sun
3. The heliosphere
4. Earth's space environment
5. Earth's upper atmosphere
6. The technological impacts of space storms
7. The perils of living in space
8. Other space weather phenomena
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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.