Comparison of GOES Space Environment Monitor Data Collected During Solar Cycles 22, 23, and 24

Monday, 15 December 2014
Daniel C Wilkinson, NOAA, Boulder, CO, United States
NOAA’s Geosynchronous Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) have been observing the environment in near-earth-space for 40 years. These observations have included solar X-rays that are a sensitive indicator of the onset of solar flares and are used for the classification of flare magnitude. Energetic particle detectors capture a spectrum of electron, proton, and alpha-particle fluxes due to both solar activity and galactic cosmic rays. Magnetometers measure the magnitude and direction of the magnetic field 6.6 earth radii above the equator. This presentation will graphically compare those observations for solar cycles 22, 23, and 24.