Contributions covering all aspects of the below themes are solicited, involving observation, theory, simulation and modelling, as well as complementary missions:
Earth interior and near-Earth environment
- New and ground-breaking science and applications from Swarm
- Combinations with satellite or ground-based data and/or modelling
- Analysis of long time series in combination with past missions or ground observations
- Structure and dynamics of the ionosphere-thermosphere-magnetosphere system, including
- Ionospheric plasmas: density, flows, temperatures, disturbances and irregularities
- Ionospheric electrodynamics from the polar cap to the equator: generation, dissipation, and transport of energy and mass
- Current systems: field-aligned currents and ionospheric closure, ring current, Sq
- Thermospheric dynamics and I-T coupling
- Plasma and atmospheric waves and tides
- Auroral science
Methodology and Cal/Val
- Improvements of existing mission products
- New approaches for retrieving new or better information from the mission
- Methods for (long) time series analysis and model comparison or improvement
- Methods for retrieving information from multiple data sources (satellites/ground)
- New results based on analysis of data from gravimetric and altimetric satellite missions
- Future mission ideas and concepts (like future gravity/altimetry missions, reference systems, absolute positioning using SAR etc.)
- Oceanography and geodetic applications (including Swarm and Cryosat)
- Novel applications from individual or combined satellite missions
- Technical solutions
- Beyond science alone, towards gravity field missions as a service
The focus area for Earth interior aspects includes the mission objectives in terms of lithosphere, mantle and core and the corresponding Swarm mission products. New science and application from Swarm for the Earth Interior are of high interest. In addition, contributions that advance science and applications from the combination with other types of data and modelling (gravity, seismic information, models of crust, mantle and core) are appreciated with particular regard to comprehensive Earth modelling. A third aspect is long term analysis of time-variable aspects of the signals in relation to solid Earth changes e.g. secular variation from combined mission analysis (Ørsted, CHAMP, Swarm) and ground data to analyse a potential solar cycle impact. A fundamental goal of the meeting is to arrive at a good status update of the mission and its impact in a wider geophysics context.
Near-Earth environment, MIT coupling and auroral science
The focus area for near-Earth environment includes the mission objectives in terms of ionospheric and magnetospheric current systems, the magnetic forcing of the upper atmosphere and the corresponding Swarm mission products. New science and applications from Swarm are of very significant interest, including applications in the field of space weather. In addition, contributions that advance science and applications in combination with other types of data (e.g., satellite, ground-based and modelling) are most welcome. These may focus on events, areas, statistics, processes etc., but could also address coupling between processes in the upper and lower atmosphere. A third aspect is analysis of long-term secular changes of the upper atmosphere (such as air density, electron density, TEC, FAC) from combined mission analysis (CHAMP, DEMETER, Cluster, GRACE, GOCE etc.) and ground data. This is a step towards establishing a valid climatology for analysis of “global change” in these atmospheric regimes and to validate/compare new findings against existing models, or alternatively to improve models. A fundamental goal of the meeting is to arrive at a comprehensive status update of the mission and its impact in the wider science context of upper atmosphere research.
The focus area methodology addresses the range of current products and possible improvements in deriving these. It also is open to new approaches for retrieving new or better information from the mission as products or tools. Advancement in methods for (long) time series analysis and model comparison or improvement and methods for retrieving information from multiple data sources (satellites/ground) are of great interest.
Geodetic mission workshop
The workshop on geodetic missions would like to receive contributions that focus on analysis of gravimetric and altimetric satellite missions also complemented by ground based data. The emphasis is towards ocean and geodesy applications (like height systems, GIA for ice mass balance etc.) which can include Swarm derived ocean currents/tides and time variable gravity field and CryoSat altimetry. There will also be room to present future mission ideas and concepts (like future gravity/altimetry missions, reference systems, etc.).
This category is to ensure to capture ideas that do not fit any of the previous categories and are of interest to the meeting and workshop. Ideas around the tuning of the Swarm constellation orbits as well as virtual constellation approaches with other satellites, including new ones, are very welcome.