# Altitude Adjusted Corrected Geogmagnetic Coordinates

Altitude adjusted corrected geomagnetic (AACGM) coordinates are an extension of corrected geomagnetic (CGM) coordinates that more accurately represent the actual magnetic field. In AACGM coordinates points along a given magnetic field line are given the same coordinates and thus are a better reflection of magnetic conjugacy.

The coordinate system was originally defined by *Baker and Wing* [1989]
in order to compare conjugacy of data from SuperDARN radars located in
Goose Bay, Labrador and Halley Bay, Antarctica. Subsequent updates to the
technique focused on the equatorial region and the south Atlantic anomaly
*Bhavnani and Hein*, 1994; *Hein and Bhavnani*, 1996; *Heres
and Bonito*, 2007].

The software available here uses a new set of AACGM coefficients that more
accurately represent AACGM coordinates. The software and coefficients are
referred to as AACGM-v2 in order to distinguish the results from other
software and coefficients. It is provided without warranty. Details of the
techniques used to derived the new coefficients are described by
*Shepherd*, 2014.

In addition to the software, an online calculator is available for conversions between geographic and AACGM-v2 coordinates: AACGM-v2 calculator

### AACGM Coefficients

Download |
Release |
Description |

aacgm_coeffs-13.tar | 20191229 | Coefficient files for the years 1590-2025 based on the GUFM1 model (1590-1900) and IGRF-13 model (1900-2025.) |

IDL v2.6 | 20191229 | tar file that contains IDL software, a test program
and a README file. You must set two
environment variables to run this software. v2.6: update for
IGRF-13 and minor bug fixes, see
release notes for details. |

C v2.6 | 20191229 | tar file that contains C software, a test program
and a README file. You must set two
environment variables to run this software. v2.6: update for
IGRF-13 and minor bug fixes, see
release notes for details. |

Link to Python Wrapper by Angeline Burrell.

### General Notes

The latest AACCM-v2 coefficients (2025) are derived using the secular variation
of the IGRF-13 model. Small changes in the IGRF-13 2015 coefficients (now DGRF)
result in small changes to AACGM-v2 coordinates beginning in 2010.

Coefficients are derived for 5-year epochs from 1590-1895 using the magnetic field model described by Jackson et al., [2000].

Please send questions, comments and bugs to simon *dot* shepherd
*at* dartmouth *dot* edu.

### References

Baker, K. B. and S. Wing (1989), A new magnetic coordinate system for
conjugate studies at high latitudes, *J. Geophys. Res., 94*(a7),
p. 9139, doi:10.1029/JA094iA07p09139.

Bhavnani, K. H. and C. A. Hein (1994), An improved algorithm for computing altitude dependent corrected geomagnetic coordinates, Phillips Lab., Geophys. Dir., Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., PL-TR-94-2310.

Finlay, C. C., S. Maus, C. D. Beggan, T. N. Bondar, A. Chambodut, T. A. Chernova, A. Chulliat, V. P. Golovkov, B. Hamilton, M. Hamoudi, R. Holme, G. Hulot, W. Kuang, B. Langlais, V. Lesur, F. J. Lowes, H. Luehr, S. Macmillan, M. Mandea, S. McLean, C. Manoj, M. Menvielle, I. Michaelis, N. Olsen, J. Rauberg, M. Rother, T. J. Sabaka, A. Tangborn, L. Toffner-Clausen, E. Thebault, A. W. P. Thomson, I. Wardinski, Z. Wei, T. I. Zvereva, and I. A. G. A. Wo (2010), International geomagnetic reference field: the eleventh generation, Geophys. J. Int., 183 (3), 1216, doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2010.04804.x.

Hein, C. A. and K. H. Bhavnani (1996), An expanded altitude algorithm for computing altitude-dependent corrected geomagnetic coordinates, Phillips Lab., Geophys. Dir., Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., PL-TR-96-2274.

Heres, W. and N. A. Bonito (2007), An alternative method of computing altitude adjustment [sic] corrected geomagnetic coordinates as applied to IGRF Epoch 2005, Air Force Research Lab., Space Vehicles Dir., Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., HA-TR-2007-1190.

Jackson, A., A. R. T. Jonkers and M. R. Walker (2000), Four centuries of
geomagnetic secular variation from historical records, *Phil. Trans. R. Soc.
Lond.*, *358*, 957-990, doi:10.1098/rsta.2000.0569.

Shepherd, S. G. (2014), Altitude-adjusted corrected geomagnetic coordinates:
Definition and functional approximations, *J. Geophys. Res. Space
Physics*, *119*, 1-21, doi:10.1002/2014JA020264.
preprint (note that figure numbers
may not have been processed correctly.)

Thebault, E., C. C. Finlay, C. D. Beggan, P. Alken, J. Aubert, O. Barrois,
F. Bertrand, T. Bondar, A. Boness, L. Brocco, E. Canet, A. Chambodut,
A. Chulliat, P. Coisson, F. Civet, A. Du, A. Fournier, I. Fratter, N. Gillet,
B. Hamilton, M. Hamoudi, G. Hulot, T. Jager, M. Korte, W. Kuang, X. Lalanne,
B. Langlais, J.-M. Leger, V. Lesur, F. J. Lowes et al. (2015), International
Geomagnetic Reference Field: the 12th generation, *Earth, Planets and
Space*, 67:79.