MO Brownbag lecture: “Philippine MAGDAS network: Prospects in Space Weather and Crustal Activity Monitoring” by Dr. Maria Gracita Cardinal-Rolusta

The Brownbag series at the Manila Observatory is a series of short presentations, which provides an informal venue for updates and discussions on the latest research and development on climate and environment related topics, including air quality, disaster risk management, climate change science and policy.

As part of the Brownbag series, you are warmly invited to attend this week’s talk:

Dr. Maria Gracita Cardinal-Rolusta

Dr. Maria Gracita Cardinal-Rolusta

Philippine MAGDAS network: Prospects in Space Weather and Crustal Activity Monitoring

by Maria Gracita Cardinal-Rolusta, PhD

June 22 (Friday), 12.30 pm, Klima Conference Room, Manila Observatory.


The prospects of Philippine MAGDAS (Magnetic Data Acquisition System) network data for space weather and earthquake studies are presented. This local network is part of a global array of instruments that measure the Earth’s magnetic field. In the Philippines, MAGDAS  stations are located in Tuguegarao, Muntinlupa, Legazpi, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, and Davao. The discussion of prospects in space covers studying space weather effects on the geomagnetic field, while prospects on the ground are studies on the effects of pre-seismic events on the geomagnetic field. Significance and motivation of these studies mainly lie in disaster mitigation in space and on earth. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of the US listed space weather along with earthquakes as a natural disaster.

Severe space weather produces solar energetic particles that can damage space and ground-based (national power grid) technologies resulting to widespread blackouts and disruption in communications and navigational systems. Analysis of the Philippine MAGDAS data with solar wind parameters and earthquakes is suggested to be carried out in order to test the feasibility of space weather and crustal activity monitoring.

About the speaker:

Dr. Grace Cardinal-Rolusta is currently affiliated with the International Center for Space Weather Science and Education (ICSWSE) Subcenter at Manila Observatory.  She recently obtained her PhD in Earth and Planetary Sciences in Kyushu University. Her main research interests includes space weather and seismo electromagnetics.


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