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International Geomagnetic Reference Field

IGRF-12 is released. Download the latest IGRF model here : IGRF-12 coefficients (text file, excel spreadsheet)

Fortran program with IGRF-12 coefficients integrated into the source code, provided by BGS.

IGRF12 online calculators: (NGDC IGRF-12 Calculator!) (BGS IGRF-12 Calculator!)

Geomag 7.0 C software and model is released! The updated igrf12.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.

The International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA) has released the 12 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 2014. 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 12 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.

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

Please refer to:

International Geomagnetic Reference Field: the 12th generation, Erwan Thébault, Christopher C Finlay, Ciarán D Beggan, Patrick Alken, Julien Aubert, Olivier Barrois, Francois Bertrand, Tatiana Bondar, Axel Boness, Laura Brocco, Elisabeth Canet, Aude Chambodut, Arnaud Chulliat, Pierdavide Coïsson, Francois Civet, Aimin Du, Alexandre Fournier, Isabelle Fratter, Nicolas Gillet, Brian Hamilton, Mohamed Hamoudi, Gauthier Hulot, Thomas Jager, Monika Korte, Weijia Kuang, Xavier Lalanne, Benoit Langlais, Jean-Michel Léger, Vincent Lesur, Frank J Lowes et al. Earth, Planets and Space 2015, 67:79 (27 May 2015)

A collection of related articles is available here

Older versions of the IGRF model may be downloaded here.

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