Dr Ciaran Beggan


Location: BGS Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 6500 237

E-mail Dr Ciaran Beggan

ORCID: 0000-0002-2298-0


  • 2009 – ongoing : Geophysicist
  • 2009 : PhD University of Edinburgh, Geophysics
  • 2004 : MSc University of Heriot Watt, Applied Mathematics
  • 2001 –2005 : Systems Engineer, Selex Airborne Sensors
  • 2000 : MSc University of Edinburgh, Remote Sensing and Image Processing
  • 1999 : BSc University College, Dublin, Geology

Current projects and collaboration

Key papers

  • 2018 : Beggan C.D., Billingham, L., and E. Clarke, Estimating external magnetic field differences at high geomagnetic latitudes from a single station, Geophysical Prospecting , doi:10.1111/1365-2478.12641
  • 2018 : Beggan C.D, and M. Musur , 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
  • 2018 : Beggan, C. D. and Marple, S. R., Building a Raspberry Pi school magnetometer network in the UK, Geosci. Commun., 1, 25-34, doi:10.5194/gc-1-25-2018
  • 2018 : Beggan, C.D. and K.A. Whaler, 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
  • 2017 : Kelly, G.S., Viljanen, A., Beggan, C.D. and A.W.P. Thomson, Understanding GIC in the UK and French High Voltage Transmission Systems During Severe Magnetic Storms, Space Weather , doi:10.1002/2016SW001469
  • 2017 : Smith, A. R. A., Beggan, C. D., Macmillan, S. and Whaler, K. A., 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
  • 2016 : 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 D. Bell, Geomagnetically Induced Currents in the Irish Power Network during Geomagnetic Storms, Space Weather , doi:10.1002/2016SW001534

Professional association

  • Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS)

Published outputs

Research interests

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


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