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4th Swarm Science Meeting and Geodetic Missions Workshop
20-24 March 2017, Banff, Alberta, Canada

Co-sponsored by the University of Calgary and supported by the Canadian Space Agency

The Fourth Swarm Science Meeting and the accompanying Geodetic Missions Workshop was organised at the Park Lodge Hotel in Banff, Alberta, Canada alongside the North-American CryoSat Science meeting from 20-24 March 2017.

In these co-located meetings the European Space Agency aimed to address science, applications and services in the context of its Earth Explorer series of missions, ranging in focus from the Earth's outer core to the magnetosphere. Specifically, as the Swarm mission was about to complete three years of extremely successful science operations, the meeting brought together the wider international scientific community to explore and develop scientific and application synergies and to propel the mission into its next phase.

The Geodetic Missions Workshop served as a platform to discuss and interact with the major space agencies on the need and requirements for future missions. From gauging the status of current geodetic satellite mission exploitation to comparing plans and ideas with emerging requirements from both science and service domain, e.g. Copernicus next generation, the aim of the workshop was to further the definition of observational requirements and technical solutions as well as the chance to realise these plans through definition of programmatic action and missions. New missions would encompass at least the gravity field, including its temporal variation and mass transport studies, altimetry, reference frames, height systems and their unification and absolute positioning using SAR techniques.

Topics that were discussed covered all mission objectives, i.e. the measurement and modelling of all contributors to Earth's magnetic field, and the understanding of highly complex magnetic and electric fields and plasma processes in the near-Earth space environment and their coupling to the neutral atmosphere. We furthermore welcome contributions dealing with space weather and the use of Swarm and related data for geodetic purposes.

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