An introduction to space weather & remote sensing


This web page contains John Reid's notes, last updated in 2008, and web page links relevant to our introductory course. The full course also contained a section on orbital physics.

There is no single recommended textbook for this course. However the following books are relevant:

- Space Physics Textbook Web book on the science of the Solar and outer Earth environments, with further links to other resources, though some are dead

- Satellite Interpretation centre Repository of links to satellite interpretation tutorials and related sites


There is more to a university course than a set of lecture notes. For convenience though, the lecturer's text overheads can be read here (see below), or copied as a revision aid. These notes are not intended to be explanatory by themselves, only in conjunction with the lectures.

Alongside the lecture notes are web pages containing related information of interest.

Please note that space images embedded in the lecture slides from NASA and ESA are for educational purposes only. The originals of these images can be found at the appropriate links.

Space weather-1, slides
Space weather-1, 6-to-a-page summary
Space weather -all notes
- Spaceweather and satellite facts
- Space suits
- Solar wind
- ACE probe
Space weather-2, slides
Space weather-2, 6-to-a-page summary
- NASA's exploration of the magnetosphere
- NASA Science headlines
- NOAA Space environement centre
Space weather-3, slides
Space weather-3, 6-to-a-page summary
- Cosmicopia cosmic rays
- National geophysical data centre
- Space radiation project
- Revolutionary ideas for shielding in space (100 page NASA document)
Remote sensing, slides
Remote sensing, 6-to-a-page summary
Remote sensing, notes (.pdf)

*** The translation of the course PowerPoint slides to pdf summary files is sometimes accompanied by a loss of layout. This is a defect in the translation software, beyond our control.

Current solar and geomagnetic warning status:

Solar X-ray Status

Geomagnetic Status

For further details from NOAA, click on status boxes above. The geographic extent of the auroral oval is shown on this animated forecast map from NOAA.

Look at the excellent animation showing the ecliptic plane forecast for the IMF over one month, from the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska. Activation buttons are beneath the display.


Videos: Exploding rocket launch of a GPS satellite; Confessions of an astronaut (click on article heading to activate video)

Resource page created by class of 2007/08

Resource page created by class of 2008/09

UK Space Agency; British National Space Centre

NASA home page; NOAA home page.

Home pages of the: European Space Agency (ESA); Japanese Space agency (JAXA); Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO); French Space Agency (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES)); Italian Space Agency (Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI)); Canadian Space Agency.

NASA Jet Propulsion Lab

Images of mid 1960s space technology

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