MGST (6/80) Model Coefficients 1980

Author: R. A. Langel
NASA/GSFC, Code 921
Greenbelt, Maryland 20771

Parameter: Earth's main magnetic field strength and vector

Brief Description:
This data set contains the 195 coefficients of the MGST (6/80) spherical harmonics model of the Earth's main (core) magnetic field. The coefficients are for epoch 1979.85 and extend to degree and order 13. No secular variation terms are included. This model was one of the first published results of the MAGSAT satellite mission. It is based on initial vector measurements for the magnetically quiet days of November 5-6, 1979. The authors included also statistically significant external terms of degree and order 1 describing the effect of external field sources.

Availability: (1) Retrievable from CCMC's anonymous FTP site.

R. A. Langel, Initial Geomagnetic Field Model from MAGSAT, NASA TM-80679, Washington, D.C., 1980.

R. A. Langel, R. H. Estes, G. D. Mead, E. B. Fabiano, and E. R. Lancaster, Initial Geomagnetic Field Model from MAGSAT Vector Data, Geophys. Res. Lett. 7, 793, 1980.

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