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Geosci. Commun., 1, 25–34, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/gc-1-25-2018
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Geosci. Commun., 1, 25–34, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/gc-1-25-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 10 Oct 2018

Research article | 10 Oct 2018

Building a Raspberry Pi school magnetometer network in the UK

Ciarán D. Beggan and Steve R. Marple
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As computing and geophysical sensor components have become increasingly affordable over the past decade, it is now possible to build a cost-effective system for monitoring the Earth's natural magnetic field variations, in particular for space weather events, e.g. aurorae. Sensors available to the general public are ~ 100 times less sensitive than scientific instruments but only 1/100th of the price. We demonstrate a system that allows schools to contribute to a genuine scientific sensor network.
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