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MST2: New exploration of the geomagnetic field: opportunities with the ESA SWARM mission

Session Organisers:

Mike Hapgood (STFC), Richard Holme (Liverpool), Malcolm Dunlop (STFC) and Hermann Luehr (Potsdam)


The ESA SWARM mission is a three-spacecraft mission to explore the Earth's magnetic field in unprecedented detail and is due for launch in the near future (July 2012). It will provide new insights into the many sources that contribute to this magnetic field - both within the Earth and those arising externally in the ionosphere and magnetosphere. This, in turn, will advance our understanding of the interior and exterior regions of our planet. These advances require a coordinated scientific effort involving experts across a range of topics covered by RAS, including the fields of solid-Earth geophysics, solar-terrestrial physics, space instrumentation and ground-based measurements (for example, to support calibration and validation of the spacecraft data). This session will review current work and open questions, and will encourage wider participation by the relevant science communities to get the best science out of the mission. We welcome oral and poster presentations that address any and all aspects of the science preparations for SWARM, including calibration and validation activities and plans for science exploitation of the data, including coordination with data from other spacecraft and with ground-based sensors. We particularly welcome contributions that will stimulate new collaborations and proposals for SWARM science.


This is a complete listing of all 14 entries

Poster Session A&B
A new methodology to improve modelling of the internal magnetic field  Virginie Penquerc'h
Solar cycle trends in ground activity indices  Philip Hush
What the Swarm mission may tell us about the South Atlantic Anomaly  Susan Macmillan
The role of neutral atmospheric dynamics in cusp density and ionospheric patch formation  Anasuya Aruliah
Coordinated operations between Swarm and Cluster: scientific potential  Andrew Fazakerley

Tuesday 27th 14:15-15:30
14:15 Swarm Satellite Constellation Application and Research Facility: Status and Plans  Alan W P Thomson
14:45 Directly measuring ionospheric midlatitude current density with a magnetic satellite constellation  Rob Shore
15:00 Developing data selection techniques to improve geomagnetic field models at high latitudes  Gemma Kelly
15:15 Poster Presentations  Mike Hapgood

Tuesday 27th 17:00-18:15
17:00 Opportunities for the Swarm mission: The effect of the Ring Current  Malcolm Dunlop
17:15 Role of large-scale magnetospheric current systems for main field modelling  Hermann Lühr
17:30 Swarm: Status and plans for the scientific validation  Gernot Plank
17:45 CINEMA/TRIO: A three-spacecraft magnetospheric CubeSat mission  Tim Horbury
18:00 SuperDARN and Swarm: Opportunities for co-ordinated research  Mark Lester