• The Space Instrument team works on ASIM components.

  • Acting like enormous particle accelerators, storms can emit gamma-ray flashes and high-energy electrons and positrons.

How is the Earth coupled to space?

The Birkeland Centre for Space Science (BCSS ) is a Norwegian Centre of Excellence (SFF) whose primary objective is to try to understand the Earth’s relationship to space. To this end, BCSS has identified four areas of research:

  • Asymmetric Geospace: When and why are the auroras in the two hemispheres asymmetric?
  • Dynamic Ionosphere: How do we get beyond the large-scale static picture of the ionosphere?
  • Particle Precipitation: What are the effects of particle precipitation on the atmospheric system?
  • Gamma-ray Flashes: What is the role of energetic particles from thunderstorms in geospace?


Centre Highlights