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Volume 6, issue 2
Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 6, 269-277, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/gi-6-269-2017
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Special issue: The Earth’s magnetic field: measurements, data, and applications...

Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 6, 269-277, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/gi-6-269-2017
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the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 18 Jul 2017

Research article | 18 Jul 2017

An automatic DI-flux at the Livingston Island geomagnetic observatory, Antarctica: requirements and lessons learned

Santiago Marsal et al.
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Commercial solutions for an automated DI-flux are practically reduced to the AutoDIF and the GyroDIF. We analyze the pros and cons of both in terms of suitability at the Livingston Island geomagnetic observatory, Antarctica. We conclude that the GyroDIF is more suitable for harsh conditions due to its simpler infrastructure. We also show the instrument housing design and its control electronics. Our experiences can benefit the geomagnetic community, which often faces similar challenges.
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