Magnetic Field Calculator

The Magnetic Field Calculator will calculate the total magnetic field, including components (declination, inclination, horizontal intensity, northerly intensity, easterly intensity, vertical intensity) and the annual change for each. Each calculation is for a specific location, elevation and date or range of dates. The calculated result can be obtained from two separate geomagnetic models, the IGRF11 or the WMM2010. Declination is calculated using the current World Magnetic Model (WMM) or International Geomagnetic Reference Field (IGRF) model. While results are typically accurate to 30 minutes of arc, users should be aware that several environmental factors can cause disturbances in the magnetic field.
  • Cite as: NCEI Geomagnetic Modeling Team. 2009: Magnetic Field Calculator. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Accessed [date].
  • NCEI Metadata ID: gov.noaa.ngdc.mgg.geophysical_models:Magnetic_Field_Calculator
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    DistributorNOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
    ncei.info@noaa.gov
    Dataset Point of Contact NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
    ncei.info@noaa.gov
    Dataset Point of Contact NCEI Geomagnetic Modeling Team
    NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
    geomag.models@noaa.gov
    Time Period1900-01-01 to 2014-12-31
    Spatial Reference Systemurn:ogc:def:crs:EPSG::4326
    Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
    N: 90
    S: -90
    E: 180
    W: -180
    Spatial Coverage Map
    Publication Dates
    • publication: 2009-12-01
    Data Presentation FormmapDigital
    Dataset Progress StatusComplete - production of the data has been completed
    Historical archive - data has been stored in an offline storage facility
    Data Update Frequency As needed
    PurposeThe purpose of the calculators is to deliver trusted magnetic field values - past, present, and near future - to aid the public as well as the scientific community in proper navigation, positioning, and other operational and research magnetic field scenarios.
    Use Limitations
    • Produced by the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Not subject to copyright protection within the United States.
    Dataset Citation
    • Cite as: NCEI Geomagnetic Modeling Team. 2009: Magnetic Field Calculator. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Accessed [date].
    Cited Authors
    • NCEI Geomagnetic Modeling Team
    Publishers
    • NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
    Theme keywordsGlobal Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
    • Earth Science > Solid Earth > Geomagnetism > Magnetic Field
    • Earth Science > Solid Earth > Geomagnetism > Magnetic Intensity
    • Earth Science > Solid Earth > Geomagnetism > Magnetic Declination
    • Earth Science > Solid Earth > Geomagnetism > Magnetic Inclination
    Data Center keywordsGlobal Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords
    • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
    Place keywordsGlobal Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
    • Geographic Region > Global
    Use Constraints
    • Use liability: NOAA and NCEI cannot provide any warranty as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of furnished data. Users assume responsibility to determine the usability of these data. The user is responsible for the results of any application of this data for other than its intended purpose.
    Access Constraints
    • Distribution liability: NOAA and NCEI make no warranty, expressed or implied, regarding these data, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. NOAA and NCEI cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in these data. If appropriate, NCEI can only certify that the data it distributes are an authentic copy of the records that were accepted for inclusion in the NCEI archives.
    Other ConstraintsCite as: NCEI Geomagnetic Modeling Team. 2009: Magnetic Field Calculator. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Accessed [date].
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    • 2015-04-22T00:00:00 - NOAA created the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) by merging NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), and National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), including the National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC), per the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Public Law 113-235. NCEI launched publicly on April 22, 2015.
    Last Modified: 2020-05-14
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