For Swarm-Aurora, we intend to hold three workshops. Two of these will be mini-workshops to engage key members of the research community in the Swarm-Aurora program. The first of these was held in conjunction with the GEM-CEDAR meeting in Santa Fe (June 22nd 2016) and the second during the 2016 AGU Fall Meeting (see below for details). The third more formal workshop will explore new science with Swarm and auroral data, and will be held in coordination with the ESA Swarm and Geodetic Mission meeting to be held in Banff in 2017. See the full details below.


Workshop #3:

The third and final Swarm-Aurora workshop will be held during the ESA Swarm and Geodetic Mission meeting (March 20-24th 2017) in Banff, Alberta, Canada. This will be a more formal workshop and will explore new science with Swarm and auroral data. More details to follow.

Date: TBD, sometime during the Swarm Science workshop which spans March 20-24th, 2017
Time: TBD
Location: ESA Swarm Science workshop, Banff, Alberta, Canada - Hotel and Room TBD


Mini-Workshop #2: Coordinated Scientific Use of Swarm and Auroral Data

Confirmed Speakers: Jun Liang

This is the second of three workshops planned for Swarm-Aurora and will be held during the 2016 AGU Fall Meeting.

Date: Tuesday, December 13th 2016
Time: 16:00 - 18:00
Location: AGU Fall Meeting 2016, San Francisco - Marriot Marquis, Sierra K Room

Mini-Workshop #1: Introduction of Swarm-Aurora to Key Stakeholders

Confirmed Speakers: Ying Zou, and Jun Liang

Swarm is providing exciting new E- and B-field measurements from the topside ionosphere, where electric currents produce magnetic fields that are signatures of a wide array of processes at work in geospace. With three polar orbiting satellites providing in situ measurements, Swarm offers exciting opportunities for studies of aurora and geospace dynamics.

Near-global networks of ground-based instruments are providing an unprecedented view of the multi-scale ionospheric consequences of geospace dynamics and MI coupling. The objective of Swarm-Aurora is to build a bridge between Swarm data, the Swarm science community, and optical images of the aurora collected primarily by ground-based All-Sky Imagers (ASIs).

Swarm-Aurora will carry out the groundwork necessary to enhance the value of Swarm an auroral research mission. The goal of Swarm-Aurora is to

  • bring most of the world's auroral imaging capacity to Swarm as efficiently as possible;
  • enable researchers to quickly identify scientifically valuable Swarm overflights of ASIs;
  • enable users to utilize ASI data together with Swarm data;
  • demonstrate the efficacy of the developed tools for addressing cutting edge science;
  • engage auroral researchers in developing a roadmap for ongoing Swarm-Aurora activity.

This is the first of three workshops planned for Swarm-Aurora. At this mini-workshop, our intention is to bring together a small (~20) group of researchers representing different science themes that would be enabled by contemporaneous Swarm and auroral observations. The objective of this gathering is to discuss web-based tools for quick identification of "events" that are of interest to researchers with a range of science targets, and to identify some science targets for future work.

We are asking interested researchers to register (there will be no registration fee) with Eric Donovan in advance of the meeting (

Date: June 22nd 2016
Time: 16:00 - 19:00 (concurrent with Poster Session)
Location: GEM-CEDAR 2016, Santa Fe - Eldorado Hotel, the Pinon Room