Vestnik KRAUNC. Fiz.-Mat. Nauki. 2022. vol. 41. no. 4. pp. 209–224. ISSN 2079-6641

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Magnetic measurements at observatories of IKIR FEB RAS: from the present to the future

S. Y. Khomutov

Institute of Cosmophysical Research and Radio Wave Propagation FEB RAS, 684034 Kamchatka region, Elizovskiy district, Paratunka, Mirnaya str., 7, Russia


A brief excursion into the history of magnetic measurements at the observatories of the IKIR FEB RAS, which begins with the International Geophysical Year (1957-1958) and subsequent decisions of the Government of the USSR and the Presidium of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, adopted in 1960-1962, is presented. Achievements are considered: (1) successful monitoring of the magnetic field according to IAGA standards (registration of variations on a photographic tape, absolute observations, preparation of hourly values of the total field intesity components  H,D,Z); (2) the transition in the early 2000s from analog to digital equipment, which ended with the certification of three observatories Magadan, Paratunka and Khabarovsk by the international INTERMAGNET network (variation measurements with a frequency of 1 Hz, absolute observations in manual
mode, preparation of minute values of the magnetic field components); (3) reprocessing of archives of analog magnetograms and digital data available since the early 1990s. The analysis of the existing problems (personnel, financial, technogenic load, the need to modernize infrastructure and equipment) is made.

Key words: magnetic observatory, history, magnetometers

DOI: 10.26117/2079-6641-2022-41-4-209-224

Original article submitted: 05.12.2022

Revision submitted: 08.12.2022

For citation. Khomutov S. Y. Magnetic measurements at observatories of IKIR FEB RAS: from the present to the future. Vestnik KRAUNC. Fiz.-mat. nauki. 2022, 41: 4, 209-224. DOI: 10.26117/2079-6641-2022-41-4-209-224

Competing interests. The author declares that there are no conflicts of interest regarding authorship and publication.

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Funding. The work was carried out as part of the implementation of the state task АААА-А21-121011290003-0


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Khomutov Sergey Yur’evich – D. Sci. (Phys. & Math.), Head of Geophysical Observatory Paraunka, Paratunka, Kamchatka, Russia, ORCID 0000-0002-6231-7041