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Open Call for Ideas for Swarm “New data products and Services" closes 30 June 2019

13 June 2019

The Call for Ideas for Swarm "New data products and Services" closes on the 30th of June 2019.

For more information about the call can be found on the website.

Based on previous open calls for ideas, three projects delivering new data products or services have completed and are undergoing Transfer To Operation – and several are in progress or preparation.

New Swarm DISC project: Geomagnetic Virtual Observatories (GVO)

On 11 June 2019 the kick-off meeting of a new Swarm DISC project took place. In this project data series are derived from Swarm data collected around target locations. The GVO data product consists of time series of vector magnetic field values at fixed locations, on a uniform grid at satellite altitude.

Such data, regularly distributed in space and time are suitable for modelling the main geomagnetic field, for core flow inversion studies, and for data assimilation studies of the core dynamo process. GVOs are designed to make Swarm data more accessible to researchers studying the physics of the core dynamo process, and related phenomenon such are secular variation, geomagnetic jerks and rapid core dynamics.

The GVOs data product also provide valuable information to those interested in investigating magnetospheric and ionospheric magnetic signals on timescales of months and longer.  GVO time series including all field contributions, and those processed to isolate the core field, are available along with estimated errors. More information about this project can be found at:

Two recent Invitation to Tender (ITT) – and three more in the pipeline

In the first half of June 2019 two ITTs had deadlines. The topics are "Midlatitude Ionospheric Trough, Plasmapause and possibly related boundaries as determined from Swarm measurements" and "Estimation of ion temperature at Swarm altitudes in support of studies of the thermal energy balance of the upper atmosphere". The received proposals are now under evaluation, and a new batch of three ITTs are in preparation.

Swarm DISC ITTs are published on the Swarm DISC ITT page.