The Auroral Observatory orginally was a section of the Norwegian
Institute of Cosmical Physics (NIKF) established in 1928.
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 activities of TGO are geomagnetic and ionospheric observations, the former using a network of established magnetometers and the latter using an ionosonde near Tromsø. Secondary activities include hosting a number of own, shared and guest instruments and operating field stations on mainland Norway and on Svalbard.
The Norwegian Center for Space Weather (NOSWE) is a unit under Tromsø Geophysical Observatory (TGO) at UiT – the Arctic University of Norway.
The staff as of January 2017 is:
Scientist and head of the group.
Telephone: +47 776 20884
|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 & Programming: Børre Heitmann Holmeslet
Last page update 2.Jan.2017