Articles | Volume 30, issue 2
Regular paper
27 Feb 2012
Regular paper |  | 27 Feb 2012

Solar wind and geomagnetism: toward a standard classification of geomagnetic activity from 1868 to 2009

J. L. Zerbo, C. Amory Mazaudier, F. Ouattara, and J. D. Richardson

Abstract. We examined solar activity with a large series of geomagnetic data from 1868 to 2009. We have revisited the geomagnetic activity classification scheme of Legrand and Simon (1989) and improve their scheme by lowering the minimum Aa index value for shock and recurrent activity from 40 to 20 nT. This improved scheme allows us to clearly classify about 80% of the geomagnetic activity in this time period instead of only 60% for the previous Legrand and Simon classification.