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International Geomagnetic Reference Field—the tenth generation

Earth, Planets and Space201457:BF03351896

  • Received: 28 March 2005
  • Accepted: 9 May 2005
  • Published:


The International Geomagnetic Reference Field (IGRF) 10th Generation was adopted in 2004 by the International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA) Working Group V-MOD. It is the latest version of a standard mathematical description of the Earth’s main magnetic field and is used widely in studies of the Earth’s deep interior, its crust and its ionosphere and magnetosphere. This generation differs from the previous generation with the replacement of the secular-variation model for 2000.0–2005.0 with a main-field model at 2005.0 and a secular-variation model for 2005.0–2010.0. The IGRF is the product of a huge 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. This paper lists the new coefficients and includes contour maps and pole positions.

Key words

  • Main field modelling
  • IGRF