|The Auroral Observatory orginally was a section of the Norwegian
Institute of Cosmical Physics (NIKF) established in 1928.
NIKF was merged with the University of Tromsø in 1972 and form the basis for the present Department of Physics at the University.
However, the designation 'Auroral Observatory' was kept for a small special group within the Department of Physics. This group was to continue the longterm geophysical observations of aurorae, magnetic field, and ionosphere inherited from NIKF.
Effective 1. January 2000 this group was separated from the Department of Physics and established as a unit directly under the Faculty of Science and Mathematics given the name 'Tromsø Geophysical Observatory' (TGO)
The primary activity of TGO is geomagnetic observations. In addition we are still running an ionosonde (in cooperation with Defence Evaluation and Research Agency, UK), and a few guest instruments are hosted.
'The Auroral Observatory' is still retained as the name of the premises of the Department of Physics and TGO.
The staff as of 1. January 2014 is:
Scientist and head of the group.
Telephone: +47 776 45222
|Magnar Gullikstad Johnsen
Telephone: +47 776 46956
|Børre Heitmann Holmeslet,
Programming, dataprocessing and data distribution.
|Bjørn Ove Husøy,
Construction of instruments, maintenance.
Data processing, operation of guest instruments, maintenance
Employed by Baker Hughes Norge AS.
Telephone: +47 776 45665
Responsible editor: Chris Hall
Web & cgi programmer: Børre Heitmann Holmeslet
Last page update 12. Jan 2014