Articles | Volume 29, issue 2
Ann. Geophys., 29, 283–288, 2011
Ann. Geophys., 29, 283–288, 2011

ANGEO Communicates 08 Feb 2011

ANGEO Communicates | 08 Feb 2011

Resolving issues concerning Eskdalemuir geomagnetic hourly values

S. Macmillan and E. Clarke S. Macmillan and E. Clarke
  • British Geological Survey, Murchison House, West Mains Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3LA, UK

Abstract. The hourly values of the geomagnetic field from 1911 to 1931 derived from measurements made at Eskdalemuir observatory in the UK, and available online from the World Data Centre for Geomagnetism at, have now been corrected. Previously they were 2-point averaged and transformed from the original north, east and vertical down values in the tables in the observatory yearbooks. This paper documents the course of events from discovering the post-processing done to the data to the final resolution of the problem. As it was through the development of a new index, the Inter-Hour Variability index, that this post-processing came to light, we provide a revised series of this index for Eskdalemuir and compare it with that from another European observatory. Conclusions of studies concerning long-term magnetic field variability and inferred solar variability, whilst not necessarily consistent with one another, are not obviously invalidated by the incorrect hourly values from Eskdalemuir. This series of events illustrates the challenges that lie ahead in removing any remaining errors and inconsistencies in the data holdings of different World Data Centres.