Joan Campanyà is originally from Barcelona, Catalunya (Spain). He received a BSc in Physics in 2008, followed by a MSc in Geophysics in 2009. He completed a PhD in Earth Sciences in 2013 at the Universitat de Barcelona. During his PhD he undertook research stays at the University of Adelaide (Australia, 2011), and at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton (UK, 2012). He moved to Ireland in 2013, and has worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. Joan has been a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin, School of Physics since 2017.
Solar storms are the largest explosive release of energy in the solar system. When they travel to Earth, they can disturb the geomagnetic field, producing induced electric fields (IEF) and geomagnetically induced currents (GIC) at the Earth’s surface. These magnetic storms can cause interruptions in electrical power distribution networks and can have the potential to cause large economic losses. Appropriate understanding of IEF and GIC will contribute to the stability of power distribution systems, and provide security in the face of society´s increasing dependence on electricity. The overall aim of the current research project is to model and monitor surface electric and magnetic fields caused by solar storms, and their interactions with ground-based electrical infrastructure.