Continuation of the Danish geomagnetic activities

Tuesday 05 Jan 10
The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) are pleased to announce to the international scientific community that all Danish activities in the field of geomagnetism will continue without interruption.

In April 2009 DMI announced that due to reduced overall funding, it had decided to withdraw from all activities in the field of geomagnetism before the end of 2010. Since then an extensive effort has been done to investigate the possibility of the National Space Institute at the Technical University of Denmark taking over the responsibility of the operation of the geomagnetic observations and associated activities.


It has now been agreed that effective from December 1st, 2009, the National Space Institute will continue the geomagnetic activities from which DMI has withdrawn. This includes the permanent observatories in Brorfelde and Godhavn, the Greenland magnetometer array, the production of instruments and the historical geomagnetic archives.


DMI will continue to operate the observatories in Narsarsuaq and Qaanaaq on a technical level. The National Space Institute will carry out quality control as well as the communication of data from these two observatories and from the other observation systems. The two key staff members within the geomagnetism group at DMI, Jürgen Matzka and Lars W. Pedersen, will continue their work and formally join the staff of the National Space Institute during the first month of 2010.

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