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“Old” data – new science or why do we need long-term synoptic programs

Author: Alexei Pevtsov
Affiliation: National Solar Observatory, USA and University of Oulu, Finland

Main category: Natural Sciences (Astronomy)

Abstract:
It is not uncommon to see the references to recent (cycle 24) solar activity as “exceptionally low” or as an “extended long-term decline”. But how would we know that the current level of activity is unusual if we did not have historical data taken over many cycles? How would we know, for example, what are the strongest field strengths in sunspots and how they change with time or that the amplitude of next cycle could be defined by the strength of polar field in previous cycle if we did not have long-term records of solar activity? Truly, synoptic observations feed future research to solve issues that may not be identified at the time when data are acquired. In my talk, I will discuss the current state of long-term synoptic programs and present results of my recent projects on reconstructing the solar activity using historical data.


Language: English

Conference: KIS.Colloquium

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