Dr Gemma Richardson

Geomagnetic hazard specialist
BGS Edinburgh

Gemma Richardson’s Biography

  • 2012 – ongoing : Geomagnetism team, British Geological Survey
  • 2008 – 2013 : PhD, Polar Geomagnetism, University of Liverpool
  • 2003 – 2007 : MESci Geophysics (N America), University of Liverpool


Key Papers

  • Beggan, D,  Richardson, G S, Baillie, O, Hübert, J, and Thomson, A W  P. 2021. Geolectric field measurement, modelling and validation during geomagnetic storms in the UK, J. Space Weather Space Clim., 11, 37. https://doi.org/10.1051/swsc/2021022
  • Clilverd, A, Rodger, C J, Freeman, M P, Brundell, J B, Mac Manus, D H, Dalzell, M, Clarke, E, Thomson, A W P, Richardson,G S, MacLeod, F, and Frame, I. 2021. Geomagnetically induced currents during the 07–08 September 2017 disturbed period: a global perspective, J. Space Weather Space Clim. 11, 33. https://doi.org/10.1051/swsc/2021014
  • Divett, T, Mac Manus, D H, Richardson,G S, Beggan, C D, Rodger, C J, Ingham, M, Clarke, E, Thomson, A W P, Dalzell, M, and Obana, Y. 2020. Geomagnetically Induced Current Model Validation from New Zealand’s South Island, Space Weather, 18, 8. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020SW002494
  • Hübert, C. D. Beggan, G. S. Richardson, T. Martyn, A. W. P. Thomson, 2020, Differential Magnetometer Measurements of Geomagnetically Induced Currents in a Complex High Voltage Network, Space weather, 18, 4. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019SW002421
  • Oughton, E J, Hapgood, M, Richardson, G S, Beggan, C D, Thomso, A W P, Gibbs, M, Burnett, C, Gaunt, C T, Trichas, M, Dada, R, and Horne, R B. 2018, A Risk Assessment Framework for the Socioeconomic Impacts of Electricity Transmission Infrastructure Failure Due to Space Weather: An Application to the United Kingdom, Risk Analysis, 39. https://doi.org/10.1111/5risa.13229
  • Kelly, S, Viljanen, A, Beggan, C D, and Thomson A W P. 2016. Understanding GIC in the UK and French high-voltage transmission systems during severe magnetic storms, Space Weather, 15. https://doi.org/10.1002/2016SW001469

Published outputs
NERC Open Research Archive — Gemma Samantha Kelly


  • Computer programming (Python, Matlab, Fortran)
  • Data analysis
  • Space weather

Professional associations

  • Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society
  • STEM Ambassador
  • 2019: Risk Analysis best paper award
  • 2016: Citation for excellence in reviewing for Space Weather

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