Introduction to Space Weather

ISBN-10: 0521711126
ISBN-13: 9780521711128
Edition: 2008
Authors: Mark B. Moldwin
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Book details

List price: $65.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/7/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 146
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

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 Earths 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. This textbook 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. This textbook is ideal for introductory space physics courses.

Preface
Acknowledgments
What is space weather?
Key concepts
Introduction
Brief history
Impacts of space weather on society
Supplements
Problems
The variable Sun
Key concepts
Introduction
Temperature and heat
Radiation and convection
Solar structure
Dynamics and processes
Supplements
Problems
The heliosphere
Key concepts
Introduction
The corona and the solar wind
The interplanetary magnetic field
Coronal mass ejections
The outer heliosphere
Cosmic rays
Supplements
Problems
Earth's space environment
Key concepts
Introduction
Dipole magnetic field
Structure of the inner magnetosphere
Interaction of the solar wind and magnetosphere
Magnetic reconnection
The magnetotail
Plasma sheet convection
Dynamics of the magnetosphere
Supplements
Problems
Earth's upper atmosphere
Key concepts
Introduction
The thermosphere
The ionosphere
Ionospheric structure
Ionospheric variations
The aurora
Impacts on communication
Supplements
Problems
The technological impacts of space storms
Key concepts
Introduction
Satellite orbits
Radiation impacts on satellites
Radio communication and navigation impacts
Ground system impacts
Supplements
Problems
The perils of living in space
Key concepts
Introduction
Radiation
Problems of long-duration space travel
Living on the Moon and Mars
Interstellar travel
Supplements
Problems
Other space weather phenomena
Key concepts
Introduction
Climate variability and space weather
Asteroid and comet impacts
Nearby supernova
Supplements
Problems
Web resources
SI units
SI prefixes
References
Historical bibliography
Index

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