Dr. Jürgen Matzka

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam
GFZ German Research Centre For Geosciences

The GFZ global geomagnetic observatory network

GFZ German Research Centre For Geosciences cooperates with and operates a number of geomagnetic observatories world wide. We have a strong emphasize on the operation of geomagnetic observatories in Germany (Niemegk, Wingst, Black Forest) and on a science-driven global observatory network. The letter concentrates on the South Atlantic Anomaly (Tristan da Cunha, St. Helena and co-operations in Antarctica, Brazil and Southern Africa), the equatorial region (co-operations Brazil, Maldives) and the polar region (co-operations Iceland, Antarctica). In the equatorial region, we investigate the equatorial electroject, a thermospheric wind and ionospheric dynamo related phenomenon. In the auroral region, we investigate magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling. GFZ also produces the international Kp index of geomagnetic activity and the new Hpo indices and actively engages with industry collaborations and data license activities.

About Jürgen Matzka

Dr. Jürgen Matzka is a geophysicist with a strong scientific and operational background in geomagnetism, Earth observation, space physics and space weather. As senior scientist at GFZ, Jürgen is responsible for the Kp index, the new Hpo indices, and geomagnetic observatories world-wide. In 2022, he founded the company Leomagnetics GmbH. Previously, he worked at University Munich, Danish Meteorological Institute and Technical University of Denmark/DTU Space/National Space Institute. He earned a PhD from University Munich, Germany.