Geomagnetic Hazard Analysis | About

Geomagnetic storms originating from our active sun’s solar flares impact the magnetic and electric fields here on Earth.   The elevated electric fields can cause induced erratic currents in electric lines that decay and destroy critical power infrastructure.  Our scientists and engineers are on the forefront of geomagnetic hazard analysis building tools and sensors to analyze impacts, protect utilities, and monitor hazards from this space weather phenomena.  CPI’s geomagnetic hazard analysis is led out of the CPI Boulder office.

Our Geomagnetic Hazard Analysis team, with its external partners, has extensive experience in geophysical and electric field modeling. Our members have worked within government agencies to develop conductivity maps, participated in the NERC GMD Task Force, and built electric field models. CPI has worked with power system owners and operators to do GIC risk analyses and prepare for GMD compliance with upcoming FERC regulations. We are committed to serving the power grid community in understanding and preparing for GMD. Analyze. Monitor. Protect.


Dr. Jennifer L. Gannon

Geomagnetic Hazard Analysis Lead

Dr. Jennifer L. Gannon currently serves in our CPI Boulder office as the Geomagnetic Hazard Analysis Lead.  She has been studying charged particles and electromagnetic phenomena in near-earth space and the solid earth throughout her scientific career. Dr. Gannon served as a scientist at the NOAA Space Environment Center and its successor agency, the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center, and later as a Federal researcher at the U.S. Geological Survey.

Moving to the private sector, Dr. Gannon co-founded Space Hazards Applications, LLC, of Boulder, Colorado, a consulting firm for space hazards to built infrastructure. She is the author or co-author of many publications in the peer-reviewed literature, as well as several U.S.G.S. Open-file Reports and conference presentations. Dr. Gannon received her Ph.D. degree at the University of Colorado Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics in 2006.