MACCS (Magnetometer Array for Cusp and Cleft Studies)


The MACCS (Magnetometer Array for Cusp and Cleft Studies) project is a joint venture between the Augsburg College Physics Department and Boston University's Astronomy Department to study natural interactions in the Earth's space environment. Since 1991, faculty and students at the two colleges have worked together to build, calibrate and install magnetometers and computer-based recording systems at eight villages at the northern end of Hudson Bay, on Baffin Island and on the shores of the Arctic Ocean. The National Science Foundation has awarded a research grant which provides Augsburg and Boston University with money for the MACCS project to continue operating magnetometers at the remote sites.

The grant funding this project will continue to provide exceptional educational benefits to Augsburg College and Boston University students. In addition to the value of hands-on learning of how science is actually done, the cooperative and international nature of environmental science makes it a tremendous educational experience. Our students have the opportunity to meet both young scientists and established physicists from many countries. It's a definite plus for undergraduate students interested in scientific careers.