SWAMI - Space Weather Atmosphere Model and Indices

Space weather has various effects on our technology. One important effect is on atmospheric density and thus space operations. Space weather driven atmospheric density variations in particular affect low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites, which represent a several hundred million EUR per year business. These LEO satellites (including the International Space Station), which are crucial for earth observation and communication, are affected by space weather effects during all phases of their operational lifetime. Likewise, rocket launches, re-entry events and space debris are affected. A better understanding of space weather processes and their impact on atmospheric density is thus critical for satellite operations as well as for safety issues. The ‘Space Weather Atmosphere Model and Indices’ (SWAMI) project aims to enhance this understanding by:

  • Developing improved neutral atmosphere and thermosphere models.
  • Making a major leap forward by combining these physics-based and empirical models.
  • Exploiting new geomagnetic activity indices.
  • Improving the forecast of the activity indices.

Time Frame

2018 - 2021

Funding

The EU Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020

Principal Investigators

  • Sandra Negrín (DEIMOS) - Primary Coordinator
  • Dr. Sean Bruinsma (CNES)
  • Prof. Dr. David Jackson (Met Office)
  • Prof. Dr. Claudia Stolle (GFZ)

Personnel

  • Prof. Dr. Yuri Shprits (GFZ)
  • Dr. Guram Kervalishvili (GFZ)
  • Dr. Jürgen Matzka (GFZ)
  • Irina Zhelavskaya (GFZ)
  • Dr. Ruggero Vasile (GFZ)

Project Website

http://swami-h2020.eu

Cooperations

  • DEIMOS Space Sociedad Limitada Unipersonal (DEIMOS), Spain
  • Centre National D'Etudes Spatiales (CNES), France
  • Met Office (Met Office), UK

Contact

Claudia Stolle
Section Head
Prof. Dr. Claudia Stolle
Geomagnetism
Behlertstraße 3a
Building ME, Room 07
14467 Potsdam
+49 331 288-1230
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Yuri Shprits
Section Head
Prof. Dr. Yuri Shprits
Magnetospheric Physics
Behlertstraße 3a
Building ME, Room 23
14467 Potsdam
+49 331 288-28899
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Guram Kervalishvili
Scientist
Dr. Guram Kervalishvili
Geomagnetism
Behlertstraße 3a
Building ME, Room 15
14467 Potsdam
+49 331 288-1882
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Jürgen Matzka
Group Leader
Dr. Jürgen Matzka
Geomagnetism
Lindenstr. 7
Building H 1, Room 213
14823 Niemegk
+49 33843 624-18
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Irina Zhelavskaya
PhD Student
M. Sc. Irina Zhelavskaya
Magnetospheric Physics
Behlertstraße 3a
Building ME, Room 22
14467 Potsdam
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Scientist
Dr. Ruggero Vasile
Magnetospheric Physics
Behlertstraße 3a
Building ME, Room 19
14467 Potsdam
+49 331 288-1735
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