Interstellar-terrestrial relations: Variable cosmic environments, the dynamic heliosphere, and their imprints on terrestrial archives and climate

K. Scherer*, H. Fichtner, T. Borrmann, J. Beer, L. Desorgher, E. Flükiger, H. J. Fahr, S. E.S. Ferreira, U. W. Langner, M. S. Potgieter, B. Heber, J. Masarik, N. Shaviv, J. Veizer

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Abstract

In recent years the variability of the cosmic ray flux has become one of the main issues interpreting cosmogenic elements and especially their connection with climate. In this review, an interdisciplinary team of scientists brings together our knowledge of the evolution and modulation of the cosmic ray flux from its origin in the Milky Way, during its propagation through the heliosphere, up to its interaction with the Earth's magnetosphere, resulting, finally, in the production of cosmogenic isotopes in the Earth' atmosphere. The interpretation of the cosmogenic isotopes and the cosmic ray - cloud connection are also intensively discussed. Finally, we discuss some open questions.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)327-465
Number of pages139
JournalSpace Science Reviews
Volume127
Issue number1-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2006

Keywords

  • Climate
  • Cosmogenic isotopes
  • Dynamical heliosphere
  • Interstellar-terrestrial relations
  • Variable cosmic ray fluxes

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