Solar coronal mass ejection observed with SDO.

Solar coronal loops observed with TRACE.

Solar-Terrestrial Plasmas and Space Weather

Led by Professor Mitchell Berger, Dr Claire Foullon, Dr Andrew Hillier and Professor Keke Zhang

Our studies range from the origins of solar magnetic fields in the interior of the Sun, to their development in the solar atmosphere and their subsequent expulsion and propagation through space. Our studies of the geodynamo can help us to better understand the global properties of the Earth's magnetic field and of the magnetosphere.

  • Our research aims to enhance our ability to understand and predict space weather events. Space weather can directly impact the Earth when a solar storm hits. There can be significant disruptions to communications, power lines, and satellite operations.
  • Our research involves developing mathematical tools also of interest in the magnetic fusion community, and in material science.

Research projects

IAU Symposium 335: Space Weather of the Heliosphere: Processes and Forecasts, July 17-21, 2017

For more information, please contact the relevant staff member and research students.

Space weather is of growing importance, as recognized by the UK Government through UK Met. Office developments. Within CGAFD, the Solar-Terrestrial Plasmas and Space-Weather group is strengthening links with the Met Office group responsible for the space weather risk in the UK.


Academic Staff: Dr Claire Foullon, Dr Andrew Hillier, Professor Mitch Berger, Dr Joanne Mason, Professor John Thuburn, Professor Keke Zhang

Research Staff and Students: Dr Dali Kong, Dr Judith de Patoul, Daniel Griffin, Rungployphan Kieokaew, Daniel Miller and Gareth Hawkes

Postgraduate Research 

We welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduate research students.