Proceedings of Swarm workshop now available
Following the first international workshop dedicated to the Earth Explorer Swarm mission, the proceedings are now available on CD by request. The CD holds the 93 presentations that were given at the workshop, photos and the list of participants.
The First International Science Meeting on the Swarm mission was held at the University of Nantes, France in May 2006. The meeting was organised locally by Benoit Langlais and Gauthier Hulot, with support of Christophe Sotin and his staff from the Laboratoire de Planétologie et de Géodynamique. The event brought together scientists and students working in the field of geomagnetism and related fields to learn more about how Swarm will be of benefit.
Swarm, scheduled for launch in 2010, is a constellation of three satellites that will study the dynamics of the magnetic field to gain new insights into the Earth system by improving out understanding of the Earth's interior and climate. The mission was originally proposed by Eigil Friis-Christensen, Hermann Lühr and Gauthier Hulot and will follow on from the current Ørsted, CHAMP and SAC-C magnetic field satellite missions making it possible to complete more than a decade of magnetic observations within the context of the 'International Decade of Geopotential Research', and provide the best-ever survey of the geomagnetic field and its temporal evolution.
The three-day workshop attracted well over 100 participants from all over the world and not only focussed on providing the latest information about the mission concept, its design and scientific goals, but also addressed a wide range of scientific topics related to the Swarm mission.
Eigil Friis-Christensen, Director of the Danish National Space Centre, stated that, "The wide range of topics, the excellent quality of the presentations, and the exchange of views during the scientific discussions clearly demonstrated that the scientific community was very much stimulated by the meeting. It further illustrated that many groups are already deeply involved in preparations for the unique set of observations that will be offered by this ambitious mission."