ERA Special Section on Natural Hazards Monitoring Using the CSES Electromagnetic Satellites

Published 13 June, 2023

Driven by the objective of preventing and mitigating earthquake disasters, China has made significant efforts to establish a comprehensive earthquake monitoring system spanning from the ground to space. As part of this endeavor, the country has planned a series of electromagnetism micro-satellites to be launched into low Earth orbit.

The first satellite, known as the China Seismo-Electromagnetic Satellite (CSES) or Zhangheng-1 (ZH-1), pays tribute to Zhang Heng, an ancient Chinese scientist credited with inventing the seismoscope in the second century. It was successfully deployed into a sun-synchronous circular orbit within the upper ionosphere. CSES has been operational in space for over five years, demonstrating remarkable stability. In 2024, an identical successor satellite will be launched into the same orbit, paving the way for a twin constellation.

This special issue aims to commemorate the successful operation of CSES in space by showcasing its invaluable observations pertaining to natural hazards, such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and space weather events. It will also highlight the recent advancements in understanding the mechanism behind the lithosphere-atmosphere-ionosphere coupling.

Topics covered:

Topics should lie in the realm of geo/space sciences, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Natural hazards (e.g., earthquakes, volcanoes, space/extreme weather, etc.) monitoring by space technology
  • Data processing, validation, and evaluation methods for electromagnetism satellite data
  • The geomagnetic field model and lithosphere-atmosphere-ionosphere coupling (LAIC) mechanism

We welcome original research, reviews, and short communications (up to five printed pages) with hyperlinks to videos, data, and high-resolution images.

Important deadlines:

  • Submission deadline: October 2023
  • First review round: December 2023
  • Issue date: July 2024

Submission instructions:

Please read the Guide for Authors before you submit it. All articles should be submitted online; please select Special Issue on Natural Hazards Monitoring Using the CSES Electromagnetic Satellites for submission. You may contact the editorial office with questions at or

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