Dr Ciaran Beggan

BGS Edinburgh

Ciaran Beggan’s Biography

  • 1999 – BSc University College, Dublin, Geology
  • 2000 – MSc University of Edinburgh, Remote Sensing and Image Processing
  • 2001 – Systems Engineer, Selex Airborne Sensors
  • 2004 – MSc University of Heriot Watt, Applied Mathematics
  • 2009 – ongoing:Geophysicist
  • 2009 – PhD University of Edinburgh, Geophysics



Research interests

  • Geomagnetism: Core Field and lithospheric modelling
  • Geomagnetism: Space weather risk and impacts, Geomagnetically Induced Currents

Current projects and collaborations


NERC Open Research Archive — Ciaran Beggan

Key papers

Beggan C D, Billingham, L, and E Clarke. 2018. Estimating external magnetic field differences at high geomagnetic latitudes from a single station, Geophysical Prospecting , doi:10.1111/1365-2478.12641
Beggan C D, and Musur, M. 2018. Observation of Ionospheric Alfvén Resonances at 1–30 Hz and their superposition with the Schumann Resonances, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 123, 4202–4214, doi:10.1029/2018JA025264
Beggan, C D and Marple, S R. 2018. Building a Raspberry Pi school magnetometer network in the UK, Geosci. Commun., 1, 25-34, doi:10.5194/gc-1-25-2018
Beggan, C D and Whaler, K A. 2018. Ensemble Kalman Filter Analysis of Magnetic Field Models during the CHAMP-Swarm gap, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors , doi:10.1016/j.pepi.2018.06.002
Kelly, G S, Viljanen, A, Beggan, C D and Thomson, A W P. 2017. Understanding GIC in the UK and French High Voltage Transmission Systems During Severe Magnetic Storms, Space Weather , doi:10.1002/2016SW001469
Smith, A R A, Beggan, C D, Macmillan, S and Whaler, K A. 2017. Climatology of the auroral electrojets derived from the along-track gradient of magnetic field intensity measured by POGO, Magsat, CHAMP, and Swarm. Space Weather , doi:10.1002/2017SW001675
Blake, S P, Gallagher, P T, McCauley, J, Jones, A G, Hogg, C, Campanya, J, Beggan, C D, Thomson, A W P, Kelly, G S and Bell, D. 2016. Geomagnetically Induced Currents in the Irish Power Network during Geomagnetic Storms, Space Weather , doi:10.1002/2016SW001534


  • Geophysical / computational modelling
  • Programming: Matlab, Python, FORTRAN

Professional associations

  • Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS)

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