Global Electrical Circuit Research Network
9 RESE’ and the members of this site investigate the Global Electric Circuit (GEC) and space weather’s effect on the weather, geology, and the biology of Earth. Space Weather is contently injecting various forms of electrical power into the Earth’s Systems. From the magnetosphere to the lithosphere these energies can be tracked as they transform and migrate between the GEC components. Recent findings suggest a strong connection between space weathers interactions with the GEC and earthquakes, biological health, weather and climate. There are two challenges to furthering the development of the GEC model; the first being the resolution of the data currently gathered and the second it access to the data that does exist. The fact is “science” grade equipment is expensive and often needs regular attention by a specialist. This makes getting high resolution global observations very difficult to build and maintain. There are many sources globally for one datum or another at one point in time or another. The data sets needed to monitor the GEC are often not provided in real time, behind privacy or pay walls, and from many different sources each with different data management standards and scaling. We understand the many reasons given for these paradigms yet, see that the cognitive surplus and desire of the citizens of the World to support and contribute to the forward movement of science as a radical force that is upending these paradigms. The Global Citizen Scientists are free from the constraints of traditional funding and need for prestige. Motivated by their passions, a vision of a better world, and the experience of using their cognitive surplus towards their interest with others like minds Citizen Scientists are the future of “science.” The 9 RESE’s Global Electrical Circuit Research Network (GECRN) project offers Citizen Scientist who want to engage in the emerging research on the GEC opportunities to participate in the design, development, and management of the GECRN project including but not limited to: instrumentation design, monitoring sites, data analysis…
There are many components to the GEC that can be measured from the surface of the Earth. The “official” sites collecting many critical data points(TEC, Ionospheric disturbance, Earths near electric and magnetic fields…) are few, historic, and scattered disproportionately. This leads to poor resolution, data compatibility, and significant time delays. The GECRN seeks to enhance the resolution and accessibility of real time GCE datum’s. Using Open Source practices the instrumentation and data derived from the project will be made available for free or at cost(long-term data management isn’t cheap). Through a Global Citizen Scientist network a high resolution, real time mapping of the full GEC can be achieved. The scope and cost could be overwhelming over time but the current indications from GEC research suggest a very dynamic time is ahead and the repercussions of ignorance could be very costly. With a better understanding of the GEC in real time we may better be able to make effective choices that better life on Earth.
What parts of the GEC can be measured? The components that make up the GEC are still being identified. Many of the unknowns are from the upper levels of the atmosphere where we depend on satellites and models to gain a near real time, relative understandings of conditions. From the ground we can measure weather conditions, geomagnetism, cosmic rays, surface electrical field, telluric currents, GPS, gas concentrations(radon, sulfur…), ion concentration and transport, TEC, Ionospheric conditions, ULF-LF, infra sound, and more. Just because it can be measured does not make it practical for this project. Great consideration to cost, data quality, resilience, easy of use and maintenance all need to be considered when choosing what to measure. The first two datum’s 9 RESE’ is looking at and are the origins of the GECRN vision are Cosmic Rays and Local Geomagnetism. Cosmic rays are not believed to be a large player in the GEC by most their effect on cloud nucleation and possibly volcano activity makes it an easy and interesting datum to go after. Local Geomagnetism is another relatively easy datum to obtain and seems to be related significantly to many of the other desired yet more difficult datum’s. Local Geomagnetic conditions are most likely a key in the forecasting of earthquakes and necessary for future health studies on the effect of local geomagnetism on the human body.
9 RESE’ is in the final stages of sourcing and testing the components for the Desktop Cosmic Ray Monitor and the 3 Axis Fluxgate Magnetometer for Local Geomagnetic Monitoring. From this point the project will need to increase its exposure to increase potential monitoring locations and raise funds for the bulk purchases of the components and finale development. It is 9 RESE’s intention at that time to run a Kickstarter campaign to achieve those goals. With sponsors from Citizen Science communities, HAM organizations, health advocates, and people like you the future of this project is looking good for a quick realization.
9 RESE’ is looking for collaborators to assist in bringing this project to fruition in a timely manner. If you want to be active in this project join the team by signing up here to become a member and contribute to the conversation in the GECRN Parlor. Current discussions in the GECRN Parlor are focusing on the instrument development for the next datums (surface electrical charge, telluric currents, TEC/GPS, and aerosol concentrations); data management protocols; and programs for the micro-boards and back-end. We look forward to hearing your thoughts on this project in the comments below and co-collaborating with you in the GECRN Parlor.