Friday, 4 September 2015
Congratulations to Craig Rodger of the Physics Department on being awarded an MBIE (Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment) Targeted Research: Hazards and Infrastructure Research Fund grant in the latest science investment funding round. The project focuses on reducing the possible damage to the New Zealand electrical network from extremely large geomagnetic storms. While large storms (which are temporary disturbances to the Earth's magnetic field caused by solar activity) are a rare occurance, such storms are recognized as a significant natural hazard due to the potential impact on critical infrastucture.
The team for the project includes the Space Physics group from Otago University and the geomagnetism research group from Victoria University, supported by Space Weather experts from the British Geological Survey and the British Antarctic Survey. The project is led by Professor Craig Rodger (University of Otago) and Malcolm Ingham (Victoria University of Wellington). The MBIE grant will provide funding over 3 years to support the work.
You can find out more about this project, and the other Otago University recipients of grants in this funding round in the University's News at Otago section.