Meeting Reports


Resolution passed by the Fourth Swarm Science Meeting Task Force

Recognising
  • the excellent quality of the Swarm mission data,
  • the good health of the satellites and their payloads after more than three years in orbit,
  • that the mission is on schedule to achieve its original science objectives in full,
  • the exciting science that has already been undertaken using data from the Swarm fleet constellation and from the single satellites,
  • the increasing use of Swarm data in research across a range of disciplines including geophysics, space physics, and geodesy,
  • that many uses and applications of the data, both those originally foreseen and new, benefit greatly from having long time series of measurement,
  • the unique nature of the Swarm mission and that there are no plans for new missions to continue the measurements it makes,  
We unanimously recommend that ESA

  • explores orbit changes, especially to satellite altitudes and separation between the lower pair, that would maximise the ultimate science impact of the mission, ideally extending the mission to cover at least one full solar cycle,
  • supports and exploits opportunities presented by complementary satellite and ground-based observing systems
  • supports science topics that are beyond the initial Swarm mission objectives, including space physics and space weather research,
  • investigates opportunities for near real-time data provision for space weather applications,
  • continues to enable the development and release of new scientifically valuable Swarm data products (e.g., 16 Hz EFI, 250 Hz ASM, products resulting from DISC and STSE activities).
 
The above summarises the conclusions of discussions by participants at the Fourth Swarm Science Meeting.


Summaries
 Session
 1PM2:
 
 Deep Earth 
 Session
 2AM1:
 
 Aurora
 Session
 2PM1:

 Novel Analysis Methods
 Session 2PM2:
 Ionosphere
 Session 3AM1:  Remote Sensing of Earthquakes
 Session 3AM2:  Equatorial Ionosphere
 Session 3PM1b:  Quasi-static Coupling of the Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere  System
 Session 3PM2b:  Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere Coupling: Turbolence and Waves
 Session 4PM1:  Upper Mantle and Lithosphere
 Session 5AM1:  Thermosphere
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