Welcome to Surface Magnetic Assessment in Real Time (SMART)


Funded by the Magnetospheric Physics Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF), SMART is a comprehensive geospace project consisting of four main elements: (1) operation of ground-based instruments, (2) data collection and dissemination, (3) magnetoseismic research, and (4) education and public outreach. The project reorganizes and enhances UCLA ground-based magnetometers in the United States, forming a network of 14 Surface Magnetic Assessment in Real Time (SMART) stations. We use the magnetometer measurements and other geospace observations to answer the outstanding questions in normal-mode and travel-time magnetoseismologies.

SMART involves students and teachers who do not usually participate in scientific activities for geospace research. The student training provided by this project contributes to education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The SMART magnetometer data are made available to the public to facilitate research on many other topics in the geospace science, and the real-time data can aid in the national effort in monitoring space weather hazards such as geomagnetically induced currents.

Special Observation Campaign for 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

NSF also supports SMART to study the geomagnetic field perturbations associated with the Great American Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024. The SMART Student Team has successfully built 20 compact magnetometers and delivered them to high schools and participating scientists along the path of totality.