Anthropogenic Space Weather

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Posted: Friday, November 11, 2016

T. I. Gombosi, D. N. Baker, A. Balogh, P. J. Erickson, J. D. Huba, L. J. Lanzerotti
(Submitted on 10 Nov 2016)

Anthropogenic effects on the space environment started in the late 19th century and reached their peak in the 1960s when high-altitude nuclear explosions were carried out by the USA and the Soviet Union. These explosions created artificial radiation belts near Earth that resulted in major damages to several satellites. Another, unexpected impact of the high-altitude nuclear tests was the electromagnetic pulse (EMP) that can have devastating effects over a large geographic area (as large as the continental United States). Other anthropogenic impacts on the space environment include chemical release ex- periments, high-frequency wave heating of the ionosphere and the interaction of VLF waves with the radiation belts. This paper reviews the fundamental physical process behind these phenomena and discusses the observations of their impacts.

Comments: 71 pages, 35 figures
Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP); Space Physics (
Cite as: arXiv:1611.03390 [astro-ph.EP] (or arXiv:1611.03390v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)
Submission history
From: Tamas Gombosi
[v1] Thu, 10 Nov 2016 16:36:22 GMT (3026kb,D) 

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