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International Geomagnetic Reference Field

IGRF11 is released. Download the latest IGRF model here : IGRF-11 coefficients (text file, excel spreadsheet)

The International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA) has released the 11 th Generation International Geomagnetic Reference Field — the latest version of a standard mathematical description of the Earth's main magnetic field that is used widely in studies of the Earth's deep interior, its crust and its ionosphere and magnetosphere. The coefficients for this degree and order 13 main field model were finalized by a task force of IAGA in December 2009. The IGRF is the product of a collaborative effort between magnetic field modellers and the institutes involved in collecting and disseminating magnetic field data from satellites and from observatories and surveys around the world.

The IGRF is a series of mathematical models of the Earth's main field and its annual rate of change (secular variation). In source-free regions at the Earth's surface and above, the main field, with sources internal to the Earth, is the negative gradient of a scalar potential V which can be represented by a truncated series expansion:

expansion equation

The 11 th Generation IGRF coefficients were computed from candidate sets of coefficients produced by the participating members of IAGA Working Group V-MOD. Their institutes and the many organisations involved in operating magnetic survey satellites, observatories, magnetic survey programmes and World Data Centers are to be thanked for their continuing support of the IGRF project.

New  The following article is the published reference for the IGRF-11 model. It contains details concerning the model, the coefficients, and maps of the field.

International Geomagnetic Reference Field: the eleventh generation. International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy, Working Group V-MOD. Participating members: C. C. Finlay, S. Maus, C. D. Beggan, T. N. Bondar, A. Chambodut, T. A. Chernova, A. Chulliat, V. P. Golovkov, B. Hamilton, M. Hamoudi, R. Holme, G. Hulot, W. Kuang, B. Langlais, V. Lesur, F. J. Lowes, H. Luhr, S. Macmillan, M. Mandea, S. McLean, C. Manoj, M. Menvielle, I. Michaelis, N. Olsen, J. Rauberg, M. Rother, T. J. Sabaka, A. Tangborn, L. Toffner-Clausen, E. Thebault, A. W. P. Thomson, I. Wardinski Z. Wei, T. I. Zvereva. Geophys. J. Int., Vol 183, Issue 3, pp 1216-1230, December 2010. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2010.04804.x.

Before using the IGRF please look at the "Health Warning".

Geomag 7.0 C software and model is released ! The updated igrf11.cof required by many users is now available along with the new Geomag 7.0 software. ( Windows version , Linux tar file). License and copyright information for the geomag 7.0 software.

Fortran program with IGRF-11 coefficients integrated into the source code.

Older versions of the IGRF model may be downloaded here.

The candidate and test models used for the latest IGRF model are available here. Note that these models are provided for evaluation purposes only.

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