The AMPERE/Iridium system of identifying the ionospheric source current systems which are responsible for geomagnetic induced currents (GICs) will be highlighted. This capability would be vital to understanding the cause and effect. While the AMPERE global current observations cannot predict events, these global maps could track the resulting intense ionospheric currents during storm development. An example includes major ionospheric currents on 17 March 2015 and the accompanying ground geoelectric fields – these fields are the drivers of geomagnetic induced currents in power grids. Major ionospheric currents developed early on17 March, preceded by dayside current development.
The use of all possible observational input will improve the space weather watch, warning, alert prediction and verification system.