Repeat-station surveys: implications from chaos and ergodicity of the recent geomagnetic field

Angelo De Santis, Enkelejda Qamili, Gianfranco Cianchini


The present geomagnetic field is chaotic and ergodic: chaotic because it can no longer be predicted beyond around 6 years; and ergodic in the sense that time averages correspond to phase-space averages. These properties have already been deduced from complex analyses of observatory time series in a reconstructed phase space and from global predicted and definitive models of differences in the time domain. These results imply that there is a strong necessity to make repeat-station magnetic surveys more frequently than every 5 years. This, in turn, will also improve the geomagnetic field secular variation models. This report provides practical examples and case studies.



Magnetic repeat stations; Chaos; Ergodicity

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Published by INGV, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia - ISSN: 2037-416X