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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions
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Space Weather

Dates vary


Space weather is one of the newest fields in geophysics. Our understanding of the underlying plasma physics of space has advanced in the past fifty years to the point where it is possible to predict space weather phenomena. This ability is particularly valuable because severe space weather can have far-reaching implications for the world's communications, navigation, and power systems, not to mention human habitation and space exploration.

To help you better understand this complex and critical field, Cornell University is offering an online course with Dr. Michael Kelley, one of the world's leading authorities on space weather and the Emeritus James A. Friend Family Distinguished Professor of Engineering in Cornell University's top-ranked School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Dr. Kelley will introduce scientists, engineers, and policy makers to the basic atmospheric, ionospheric, and magnetospheric physics necessary to understand space weather.

The text for the course is the second edition of Dr. Kelley's The Earth's Ionosphere: Plasma Physics and Electrodynamics, which is available for purchase through

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for scientists, engineers, policy makers, and students in all disciplines, in particular those interested in:

  • space science and engineering,
  • atmospheric science,
  • power engineering,
  • global positioning systems,
  • space exploration, and
  • military systems planning.