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Many of us can appreciate the type of solar activity that gently warms our skin at the lake, but one researcher from the University of Saskatchewan is looking into another type of solar activity that interferes with satellite communications.

Lindsay Goodwin, researcher at the University of Saskatchewan, has developed a new way to measure solar activity on the ionosphere which could help scientists predict when the conditions are ripe for a solar storm, thus lessening their potential for negative impacts on communication networks.

“My research could help ensure that all the communication services we rely on in our everyday lives keep working properly,” said Goodwin, a recent U of S PhD graduate in physics. “I have found specific ways to make measurements that easily predict whether in a certain area of the ionosphere there is a lot of electric activity,” she said. “This can help measure how solar activity will affect that area.”

Goodwin’s work is a first in determining the precise impact of electric fields on the ionosphere.

To read the full article on the University of Saskatchewan website, click here.

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