Swarm Utilisation Analysis (SUA)

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Space weather (SWE) describes the state and variations of the Earth’s natural space environment that can adversely affect humankind and its infrastructure in space and on ground. One of the foremost aims of space situational awareness is to provide rapid and reliable space weather services to society and industry. ESA’s Space Situational Awareness (SSA) programme develops a system to monitor and predict space weather and to disseminate information and alerts through an appropriate portal (http://swe.ssa.esa.int).

ESA’s Swarm satellite constellation mission (http://earth.esa.int/swarm) provides key observables of space weather such as precise magnetic field variations, ionospheric plasma drift, electron density, thermospheric density, GPS-derived total electron content, and ionospheric currents and irregularities. This project evaluates the space weather capabilities of the Swarm mission by defining suitable products from its data, realises the integration of a set of these products into the ESA’ SSA SWE portal, and will formulate recommendations for future use and development of the proposed services. This project will also be of high relevance for other as well as future Low Earth Orbit (LEO) missions with similar instrumentation.

  • Project code: SSA-P2-SWE-XVI within ESA’s Space Situational Awareness Space Weather segment
  • Project Kick-off: March 2016
  • Prime: GFZ German Research Centre For Geosciences
  • Partners:
    • Technical University of Denmark (DTU),
    • Tromsø Geophysical Observatory (TGO),
    • Institute of Space Science (ISS) Bucharest,
    • Natural Environment Research Council – British Geological Survey (NERC-BGS),
    • Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC-RAL) and
    • DLR German Aerospace Center.
  • Consultants:
    • Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and
    • Department of Earth Physics, Tihany Geophysical Observatory - Geological and Geophysical Institute of Hungary (MFGI).


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Prof. Dr. Claudia Stolle

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