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Jeffrey Love

Research Geophysicist/ USGS Advisor for Geomagnetic Research

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Jeffrey J. Love

Box 25046 MS 966 DFC

Denver, CO 80225

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Harvard University, Geophysics, Ph.D. 1993

University of California, Berkeley, Physics and Applied Mathematics, A.B. 1985

Professional Positions

USGS, Golden, CO, Research Geophysicist, Advisor for Geomagnetic Research, 2006 - Present

Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, Universite Paris Diderot, France, Visiting Professor, September 2015

Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, Universite Paris Diderot, France, Visiting Research Scientist, October 2012

USGS, Golden, CO, Supervisory Research Geophysicist, Geomagnetism Group Leader, 2001 - 2006

High Altitude Observatory, Boulder, CO, Visiting Research Scientist, 2004 - 2005

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, IGPP, La Jolla, CA, Assistant Project Scientist, 2000 - 2001

University of Leeds, Department of Earth Sciences, United Kingdom, Leverhulme Trust Fellowship, 1996, 1998 - 2000

CEA-CNRS, Centre des Faibles Radioactivites, Gif-sur-Yvette, France, Bourse Chateaubriand, 1997

University of Leeds, Department of Earth Sciences, United Kingdom, Post-Doctoral Researcher, 1993 - 1995

Harvard University, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Cambridge, MA, Research Assistant, 1988 - 1993

University of California, Space Sciences Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, Research Assitant, 1986 - 1987

CERN, Organisation Europeenne pour la Recherche Nucleaire, Geneva, Switzerland, Research Assistant, 1985 - 1986

University of California, Space Sciences Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, Research Aide, 1982 - 1985

Committees and Organizations

US National Space Weather Program Committee, 2001 - Present

Bureau Central de Magnetisme Terrestre, France, Conseil Consultatif Scientifique, 2011 - Present

USGS Libraries Advisory Board, 2014 - Present

DHS National Preparedness Science and Technology, Space Hazards Review Team, 2015 - Present

Intermagnet Chairman, 2008 - 2014

Intermagnet Executive Council, 2001 - 2014

USGS Natural Hazards Science Strategy Planning Team, 2011 - 2013

Editorial Positions

XIII IAGA Workshop on Geomagnetic Observatories, Editor of Proceedings, 2009

Geophysical Research Letters, Associate Editor, 2005 - 2008

Journal of Geophysical Research, Solid Earth, Associate Editor, 1999 - 2004


Colorado School of Mines, Introduction to Geophysics, Lectures on Geomagnetism, Fall 2010 - Present


[82] Love, J. J., Feb. 2016. Weathering a perfect storm from space, Earth, 51(2), 8-9. [Link]

[81] Love, J. J. & Swidinsky, A., 2015. Observatory geoelectric fields induced in a two-layer lithosphere during magnetic storms, Earth Planets Space, 67, 58, doi:10.1186/s40623-015-0213-3. [Link]

[80] Thomas, J. N., Masci, F. & Love, J. J., 2015. On a report that the 2012 M6.0 earthquake in Italy was predicted after seeing an unusual cloud formation, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 1061-1068, doi:10.5194/nhess-15-1061-2015. [Link]

[79] Love, J. J., 2015. Aurora painting pays tribute to Civil War's end, Eos, 96(19), 12-16, doi:10.1029/2015EO035713. [Link]

[78] Love, J. J., Rigler, E. J., Pulkkinen, A. & Riley, P., 2015. On the lognormality of historical magnetic storm intensity statistics: Implications for extreme-event probabilities, Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, 6544-6553, doi:10.1002/2015GL064842. [Link]

[77] Love, J. J., Finn, C. A., Pedrie, K. & Blum, C. C., 2015. The Boulder magnetic observatory, USGS Open-File Report, 2015-1125, 8 p., doi:10.3133/ofr20151125. [Link]

[76] Blum, C., Love, J. J., Pedrie, K., Bedrosian, P. A. & Rigler, E. J., 2015. A one-dimensional model of solid-earth electrical resistivity beneath Florida, USGS Open-File Report, 2015-1185, 16 p., doi:10.3133/ofr20151185. [Link]

[75] Bedrosian, P. A. & Love, J. J., 2015. Mapping geoelectric fields during magnetic storms: Synthetic analysis of empirical United States impedances, Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, 10,160-10,170, doi:10.1002/2015GL066636. [Link]

[74] Love, J. J. & Swidinsky, A., 2014. Time causal operational estimation of electric fields induced in the Earth's lithosphere during magnetic storms, Geophys. Res. Lett., 41, 2266-2274, doi:10.1002/2014GL059568. [Link]

[73] Love, J. J. & Rigler, E. J., 2014. The magnetic tides of Honolulu, Geophys. J. Int., 197, 1335-1353, doi:10.1093/gji/ggu090. [Link]

[72] Love, J. J., Sept./Oct. 2014. Auroral omens of the American Civil War, Weatherwise, 67(5), 34-41, doi:10.1080/00431672.2014.939912. [Link]

[71] Love, J. J., Rigler, E. J., Pulkkinen, A. & Balch, C. C., 2014. Magnetic storms and induction hazards, EOS, Trans. AGU, 95(48), 445–446, doi:10.1002/2014EO480001. [Link]

[70] Holmes, R. R., Jones, L. M., Eidenshink, J. C., Godt, J. W., Kirby, S. H., Love, J. J., Neal, C. A., Plant, N. G., Plunkett, M. L., Weaver, C. S., Wein, A. & Perry, S. C., 2013. U.S. Geological Survey Natural Hazards Science Strategy—Promoting the Safety, Security, and Economic Well-Being of the Nation, USGS Circular, 1383–F, 79 p. [Link]

[69] Love, J. J. & Thomas, J. N., 2013. Insignificant solar-terrestrial triggering of earthquakes, Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, 1165-1170, doi:10.1002/grl.50211. [Link]

[68] Love, J. J., 2013. On the insignificance of Herschel's sunspot correlation, Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, 4171-4176, doi:10.1002/grl.50846. [Link]

[67] Love, J. J. & Chulliat, A., 2013. An international network of magnetic observatories, EOS, Trans. AGU, 94(42), 373-374, doi:10.1002/2013EO420001. [Link]

[66] Buchanan, A., Finn, C. A., Love, J. J., Worthington, E. W., Lawson, F., Maus, S., Okewunmi, S. & Poedjono, B., 2013. Geomagnetic referencing - The real-time compass for directional drillers, Oilfield Rev., 25(3), 32-47. [Link]

[65] Love, J. J., Rigler, E. J. & Gibson, S. E., 2012. Geomagnetic detection of the sectorial solar magnetic field and the historical peculiarity of minimum 23-24, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L04102, doi:10.1029/2012GL050702. [Link]

[64] Love, J. J., 2012. Credible occurrence probabilities for extreme geophysical events: Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, magnetic storms, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L10301, doi:10.1029/2012GL051431. [Link]

[63] Thomas, J. N., Love, J. J., Komjathy, A., Verkhoglyadova, O. P., Butala, M. & Rivera, N., 2012. On the reported ionospheric precursor of the 1999 Hector Mine, California earthquake, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L06302, doi:10.1029/2012L051022. [Link]

[62] Love, J. J. & Rigler, E. J., 2012. Sunspot random walk and 22-year variation, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L10103, doi:10.1029/2012GL051818. [Link]

[61] Siscoe, G. L., Love, J. J. & Gannon, J. L., 2012. Problem of the Love-Gannon relation between the asymmetric disturbance field and Dst, J. Geophys. Res., 117, A09216, doi:10.1029/2012JA017879. [Link]

[60] Love, J. J. & Finn, C. A., 2012. John B. "Jack" Townshend (1927-2012), EOS, Trans. AGU, 93(50), 524-525, doi:10.1029/2012EO500005. [Link]

[59] Love, J. J. & Chulliat, A., 2012. INTERMAGNET and geomagnetic observatories, European Plate Observing System Newsletter, 12. [Link]

[58] Gannon, J. L., Love, J. J., Friberg, P. A., Stewart, D. C. & Lisowski, S. W., 2011. U.S. Geological Survey Near Real-Time Dst Index, USGS Open-File Report, 2011–1030, 10 p. [Link]

[57] Gannon, J. L. & Love, J. J., 2011. USGS 1-min Dst, J. Atmos. Solar-Terr. Phys., 73, 323-334. [Link]

[56] Love, J. J., 2011. Secular trends in storm-level geomagnetic activity, Ann. Geophys., 29, 251-262. [Link]

[55] Love, J. J., 2011. Magnetic observatory, McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, 10, 307–310. [Link]

[54] Love, J. J., 2011. Long-term biases in geomagnetic K and aa indices, Ann. Geophys., 29, 1365–1375. [Link]

[53] Love, J. J. & Finn, C. A., 2011. The USGS Geomagnetism Program and its role in space weather monitoring, Space Weather, 9, S07001, doi:10.1029/2011SW000684. [Link]

[52] Mursula, K., Tanskanen, E. & Love, J. J., 2011. Spring-fall asymmetry of sub-storm strength, geomagnetic activity and solar wind: Implications for semiannual variation and solar hemispheric asymmetry, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L06104, doi:10.1029/2011GL046751. [Link]

[51] Love, J. J., Mursula, K., Tsai, V. C. & Perkins, D. M., 2011. Are secular correlations between sunspots, geomagnetic activity, and global temperature significant?, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L21703, doi:10.1029/2011GL049380. [Link]

[50] Love, J. J. & Gannon, J. L., 2010. Movie-maps of low-latitude magnetic storm disturbance, Space Weather, 8, S06001, doi:10.1029/2009SW000518. [Link]

[49] Love, J. J., Tsai, V. C. & Gannon, J. L., 2010. Averaging and sampling for magnetic-observatory hourly data, Ann. Geophys., 28, 2079-2096. [Link]

[48] Purucker, M., Sabaka, T., Kuang, W., Maus, S. & Love, J. J., 2009. Earth's magnetic field complex, US National activities during the Decade of Geopotential Field Research, Proc. ESA 2nd Swarm Int. Sci. Meeting, Postsdam, Germany.

[47] Love, J. J., 2009. Missing data and the accuracy of magnetic-observatory hour means, Ann. Geophys., 27, 3601-3610. [Link]

[46] Nose, M., Iyemori, T., Takeda, M., Toh, H., Ookawa, T., Cifuentes-Nava, G., Matzka, J., Love, J. J., McCreadie, H., Tuncer, M. K. & Curto, J. J., 2009. New substorm index derived from high-resolution geomagnetic field data at low latitude and its comparison with AE and ASY indices, Proc. XIII IAGA Workshop, Golden, CO, Love, J. J. (ed.), pp. 202-207. [Link]

[45] Thomas, J. N., Love, J. J. & Johnston, M. J. S., 2009. On the reported magnetic precursor of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, Phys. Earth Planet. Int., 173, 207-215, doi:10.1016/j.pepi.2008.11.014. [Link]

[44] Thomas, J. N., Love, J. J., Johnston, M. J. S. & Yumoto, K., 2009. On the reported magnetic precursor of the 1993 Guam earthquake, Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L16301, doi:10.1029/2009GL039020. [Link]

[43] Worthington, E. W., Sauter, E. A. & Love, J. J., 2009. Analysis of USGS one-second data, Proc. XIII IAGA Workshop, Golden, CO, Love, J. J. (ed.), pp. 262-266. [Link]

[42] Love, J. J. & Gannon, J. L., 2009. Revised Dst and the epicycles of magnetic disturbance: 1958--2007, Ann. Geophys. 27, 3101-3131. [Link]

[41] Love, J. J., 2009. Preface, Proc. XIII IAGA Workshop, Golden, CO, 1-2. [Link]

[40] Love, J. J., Feb. 2008. Magnetic monitoring of Earth and space, Physics Today, 61(2), 31-37. [Link]

[39] Love, J. J., Applegate, D. & Townshend, J .B., 2008. Monitoring the Earth’s Dynamic Magnetic Field, USGS Fact Sheet, 2007-3092. [Link]

[38] Love, J. J., Remick, K. J. & Perkins, D. M., 2007. Statistical modeling of storm level Kp occurrences: Solar cycle modulation, Space Weather, 5, S12005, doi:10.1029/2006SW000287. [Link]

[37] Love, J. J., 2007. Bingham statistics, Encyclopedia of Geomagnetism & Paleomagnetism, 45-47, Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands. [Link]

[36] Love, J. J., 2007. Fisher statistics, Encyclopedia of Geomagnetism & Paleomagnetism, 272-273, Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands. [Link]

[35] Love, J. J. & Remick, K. J., 2007. Magnetic indices, Encyclopedia of Geomagnetism & Paleomagnetism, 509-512, Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands. [Link]

[34] Love, J. J. & Townshend, J. B., 2007. Observatories, Program in USA, Encyclopedia of Geomagnetism & Paleomagnetism, 722-723, Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands. [Link]

[33] Love, J. J., 2007. Principal component analysis for paleomagnetism, Encyclopedia of Geomagnetism & Paleomagnetism, 845-850, Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands. [Link]

[32] Love, J. J., 2007. Statistical methods for paleomagnetic data, Encyclopedia of Geomagnetism & Paleomagnetism, 922-926, Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands. [Link]

[31] Rukstales, K. S. & Love, J. J., 2007. International Geomagnetic Reference Field, Five Maps showing Declination, Inclination, Total Intensity, Horizontal Intensity, Vertical Intensity, USGS Scientific Investigations Map, 2964. [Link]

[30] Big Time Attic & Love, J. J., 2006. Journey Along a Field Line, an educational comic book. [Link]

[29] Love, J. J., 2006. National Geomagnetism Program: Current Status & Five-Year Plan, USGS Open-File Report, 2006-1352, Reston, VA. [Link]

[28] Remick, K. J. & Love, J. J., 2006. Statistical modeling of storm-level Kp occurrences, Geophys. Res. Lett., 33, L16102, doi:10.1029/2006GL026687. [Link]

[27] Love, J. J., 2005. Magnetic equator, World Book Encyclopedia, M, 55.

[26] Love, J. J., 2004. Book review of Earth's Magnetism in the Age of Sail, by A. R. T. Jonkers, Phys. Earth Planet. Inter., 147, 354-364, doi:10.1016/j.pepi.2004.05.004. [Link]

[25] Love, J. J. & Constable, C. G., 2003. Gaussian statistics for palaeomagnetic vectors, Geophys. J. Int., 152, 515-565, doi:10.1046/j.1365-246X.2003.01858.x. [Link]

[24] Tauxe, L. & Love, J. J., 2003. Paleointensity in Hawaiian Scientific Drilling Project Hole (HSDP2): Results from submarine basaltic glass, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 4, doi:10.1029/2001GC000276. [Link]

[23] Love, J. J., 2002. Geodynamo, McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, Vol. 8, 16-18.

[22] Worthington, E. W. & Love, J. J., 2002. Geomagnetic field monitoring at Barrow, Alaska, Climate Monitoring and Diagnositics Laboratory, NOAA, US Dept. Commerce, 26, 166-170. [Link]

[21] Gubbins, D., Barber, N. C., Gibbons, S. & Love, J. J., 2000. Kinematic dynamo action in a sphere: I Effects of differential rotation and meridional circulation, Proc. R. Soc. Lond., A, 456, 1333-1353. [Link]

[20] Gubbins, D., Barber, N. C., Gibbons, S. & Love, J. J., 2000. Kinematic dynamo action in a sphere: II Symmetry selection, Proc. R. Soc. Lond., A, 456, 1669-1683. [Link]

[19] Love, J. J., 2000. Statistical assessment of preferred transitional VGP longitudes based on paleomagnetic volcanic data, Geophys. J. Int., 140, 211-221. [Link]

[18] Love, J. J., 2000. Paleomagnetic secular variation as a function of intensity, Phil. Trans. R. Soc. Lond., A, 358, 1191-1223. [Link]

[17] Love, J. J., 2000. On the anisotropy of secular variation deduced from paleomagnetic volcanic data, J. Geophys. Res., 105, 5799-5816. [Link]

[16] Love, J. J., 2000. Dynamo action and the nearly axisymmetric magnetic field of Saturn, Geophys. Res. Lett., 27, 2889-2892. [Link]

[15] Love, J. J., 2000. Book review of Paleomagnetic Principles and Practice, by L. Tauxe, AGU EOS, 81, 172.

[14] Love, J. J., 1999. A critique of frozen-flux inverse modelling of a nearly steady geodynamo, Geophys. J. Int., 138, 353-365. [Link]

[13] Love, J. J., 1999. Reversals and excursions of the geodynamo, Astron. Geophys., 40, 6.14-6.19.

[12] Gubbins, D. & Love, J. J., 1998. Preferred VGP paths during geomagnetic polarity reversals: Symmetry considerations, Geophys. Res. Lett., 25, 1079-1082. [Link]

[11] Love, J. J., 1998. Paleomagnetic volcanic data and geometric regularity of reversals and excursions, J. Geophys. Res., 103, 12435-12452. [Link]

[10] Love, J. J. & Mazaud, A., 1997. A database for the Matuyama-Brunhes magnetic reversal, Phys. Earth. Planet. Inter., 103, 207-245. [Link]

[9] Love, J. J. & Gubbins, D., 1996. Dynamos driven by poloidal flows exist, Geophys. Res. Lett., 23, 857-860. [Link]

[8] Love, J. J. & Gubbins, D., 1996. Optimized kinematic dynamos, Geophys. J. Int., 124, 787-800. [Link]

[7] Love, J. J. & Bloxham, J., 1994. Electromagnetic coupling and the toroidal magnetic field at the core-mantle boundary, Geophys. J. Int., 117, 235-256.

[6] Love, J. J., 1993. Electromagnetic core-mantle coupling, Ph.D. Thesis, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1-130.

[5] Amendolia, S. R. et. al., 1986. Gating in the Aleph time projection chamber, Nucl. Instr. and Meth., A252, 403-406.

[4] Amendolia, S. R. et. al., 1986. Studies of wire gain and track distortion near the sector edges of the Aleph time projection chamber, Nucl. Instr. and Meth., A252, 399-402.

[3] Amendolia, S. R. et. al., 1986. TPC90, a test model for the Aleph time projection chamber, Nucl. Instr. and Meth., A252, 392-398.

[2] Neidig, D. F., Kane, S. R., Love, J. J. & Cliver, E. W., 1986. Why P/OF should look for evidences of over-dense structures in solar hard x-ray sources, Solar Flares and Coronal Physics Using P/OF as a Research Tool, NASA, Marshall Space Flight Center, 142-145.

[1] Kane, S. R., Love, J. J., Neidig, D. F. & Cliver, E. W., 1985. Characteristics of the white-light source in the 1981 Apr. 24 solar flare, Astrophys. J. (Letters), 290, L45-L48. [Link]


My Science Topics

Science Topic
Natural Hazardsmagnetic storms
Planetsplanetary sciences
Atmosphere and Climateglobal change
Techniques and Methodsmathematical modeling
Techniques and Methodsstatistical analysis
Natural Hazardsearthquakes

My USGS Science Strategy Areas

A National Hazard, Risk, and Resilience Assessment Program

Natural Hazards, Geomagnetism

Image of Current Focus for Natural Hazards, Geomagnetism

Research interests

Magnetic storms, Solar-terrestrial interaction

Magnetotellurics, Induced geoelectric fields

Space climatology, Global climate change

Magnetic observatories, Geophysical monitoring

Rare, extreme, historical geophysical events

Dynamo theory, Geomagnetic reversals

Earthquake prediction, Hypothesis testing

Time series analysis, Statistical analysis

Popular Material

Image of Popular Material


I use EarthScope data

Hazards: Geomagnetic Storms

Educational Publications

[82] Earth: Weathering perfect space storm

[79] Eos: Tribute to the end of the Civil War

[72] Weatherwise: Auroral omens of Civil War

[71] EOS: Induction hazards

[67] EOS: International Observatory Network

[55] Encyclopedia Article: Magnetic Observatory

[53] Space Weather: USGS Geomagnetism

[40] Physics Today: Magnetic Monitoring

[39] USGS Fact Sheet: Magnetic Monitoring

[30] Comic Book: Journey Along a Field Line

News and Media

2016 USGS: Down to Earth with space hazards

2016 Studying magnetic-storm hazards

2015 Science: Earthquake prediction

2015 USGS: Aurora tribute to Civil War's end

2015 USGS: Summer solstice storm

2014 Businessweek: Solar storms

2014 Bloomberg News: Solar storms

2013 No earthquake triggering

2013 AGU GeoSpace: Herschel's hypothesis

2013 Hörzu Wissen: Katastrophen-Kalender

2013 Huffington Post: No earthquake triggering

2013 NERC Planet Earth: No quake triggering

2013 Notre Planete: Tremblements de terre

2013 San Jose Mercury News: Magnetic north

2013 Sina Tech: 新研究否定地震与太阳活动关系

2013 USGS: Compass for oil drilling

2013 USGS: 2003 Halloween magnetic storm

2013 USGS: Sun not triggering earthquakes

2012 Der Spiegel: Schweren Katastrophen

2012 EETimes: Ring of fire

2012 Geneseo Lamron: Rock Salt Lecture

2012 GRL Highlight: Unusual solar minimum

2012 Ilta Sanomat: Auringonpilkkujen

2012 Unusual solar minimum

2012 Popular Mechanics: Game over!

2012 USGS: Magnetic monitoring

2011 AccuWeather: Magnetic north

2011 Barron's: Stock market

2011 CICERO: Kosmisk stråling og klima

2011 Curiocité: Le nord magnétique

2011 Discovery Channel: Magnetic north

2011 Sun Sentinel: Magnetic north

2011 Fox News: Magnetic north

2011 MaxiSciences: Le nord magnétique

2011 Nature: Magnetic south

2011 NBC News: Magnetic north

2011 Sydney Morning Herald: Magnetic N

2011 The Independent: Magnetic north

2010 AAPG Explorer: Geomagnetic hazards

2009 National Geographic: Ocean

2008 Scientific American: Magnetic poles

2007 Nature: Electronic Geophysical Year

2007 NSF/IPY News: Aurora stamps

2007 PRNewswire: Aurora stamps

2005 Anchorage Daily News

2005 UPI: Alaska northern lights


Collaborator websites

Jeremy Bloxham

Arnaud Chulliat

Catherine G. Constable

Steven J. Gibbons

Sarah E. Gibson

Jonathan W. Godt

David Gubbins

Robert R. Holmes

Lucile M. Jones

Attila Komjathy

Alain Mazaud

Kalevi Mursula

Christina A. Neal

Antti Pulkkinen

Michael E. Purucker

Pete Riley

George L. Siscoe

Andrei Swidinsky

Lisa Tauxe

Jeremy N. Thomas

Victor C. Tsai

Contact Information

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