The USGS Geomagnetism Program works with the international community through INTERMAGNET, a consortium dedicated to promoting the operation of modern geomagnetic observatories. USGS staff also regularly participate in meetings of the International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy. Long-term archives of USGS geomagnetic data are maintained by the World Data Center System.


The USGS Geomagnetism Program is a member of the National Space Weather Program, an initiative for promoting cooperation between agencies within the Federal Government concerned with space weather prediction and hazard mitigation. The USGS provides real-time magnetometer data to NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center, the Air Force Weather Agency, and NASA. These data are used for real-time space-weather diagnostics and short-term prediction, services that are considered to be important for national defense.

Public-Private Partnerships

The Deadhorse observatory was built and is operated by Schlumberger with guidance from the USGS Geomagnetism Program according to INTERMAGNET standards. Data from this observatory are used to support directional drilling for oil on the north shore of Alaska.

Real-time data dissemination software used by the USGS Geomagnetism Program was developed in collaboration with the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program and Instrumental Software Technologies Inc (ISTI). The USGS Dst service was developed in collaboration with ISTI, with support from Space Enviornment Technologies (SET) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

Observatory Partners