Start of funding of the SPP projects
Submission of project proposals for SPP 1788
DFG invited 30 scientists to a two-day roundtable meeting, who are interested in the Priority Programme DynamicEarth. In effect, the workshop attracted about 50 scientists, mainly from German institutes and universities. In the frame of this Priority Programme that starts in 2015, preferentially data from ESA's Swarm mission should be used. The mission which was launched in autumn 2013 is a multi-satellite constellation to explore Earth's magnetic field, gravity field, and upper atmospheric properties.
During the meeting ideas for potential projects were presented that might be accomplished within the funding period of the interdisciplinary research association. Besides project outlines of scientists working at GFZ, a number of invited scientists from German universities and non-university institutes in cooperation with international partners presented their project ideas for the SPP. The workshop had the aim to discuss about the project proposals and cooperation with other groups.
Implemetation of the Priority Programme 1788 "Study of the Earth system dynamics with a constellation of potential field missions (DynamicEarth)" by the Senate of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). The first funding period spans three years from early 2015 to 2018.
Successful launch of the Swarm satellites from Plesetzk (Russia). More information about the event and about the multisatellite mission can be found at ESA's Swarm website.
GFZ Potsdam hosted the first DFG-roundtable to which 30 scientists were invited. The Swarm mission, which was not yet launched at that time, provided the reason for this two-day roundtable. The ESA-mission was expected to make important contributions in thematic areas such as geomagnetism, magnetosphere, space weather, ionosphere, thermosphere, and geodesy. The scientific community is well prepared to analyse Swarm data in the mentionend fields due to their previous activities during satellite missions such as CHAMP, GRACE, and GOCE.
The scientific discussions during the roundtable were focused on the topics: magnetic field, gravity, ionospheric/magnetospheric current systems, and ionosphere/thermosphere. Based on the central questions identified and under the auspices of the German Swarm Project Office a proposal to initiate a DFG Priority Programme was subsequently prepared with the title: Study of Earth system dynamics with a constellation of potential field missions.