UK must plan now to defend itself against extreme solar weather events
07 Feb 2013
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In a report published today by the Royal Academy of Engineering, recommendations are made that the UK should plan now to mitigate the effects of a rare but potentially serious solar superstorm.

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​​Coronal mass ejection erupting from the Sun
(Credit: NASA)

 

7th February 2013

In a report published today by the Royal Academy of Engineering, recommendations are made that the UK should plan now to mitigate the effects of a rare but potentially serious solar superstorm.  The report states that although the UK is better prepared than many countries, there are areas where we need to improve our resilience.

The Academy’s report, "Extreme space weather: impacts on engineered systems and infrastructure", was drawn up with the help of experts from many different disciplines, including Professor Mike Hapgood from RAL Space.  It is the UK’s first in-depth assessment of the potential impacts of solar superstorms.

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