The Swarm Satellite Constellation Application and Research Facility (SCARF) and Swarm data products

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Year:
2013
Authors:
  • Nils Olsen
  • Eigil Friis-Christensen
  • Rune Floberghagen
  • Patrick Alken
  • Ciaran D. Beggan
  • Arnaud Chulliat
  • Eelco Doornbos
  • Joao Teixeira da Encarnacao
  • Brian Hamilton
  • Gauthier Hulot
  • Jose van den IJssel
  • Alexey Kuvshinov
  • Vincent Lesur
  • Hermann Luehr
  • Susan Macmillan
  • Stefan Maus
  • Max Noja
  • Poul Erik H. Olsen
  • Jaeheung Park
  • Gernot Plank
  • Christoph Puethe
  • Jan Rauberg
  • Patricia Ritter
  • Martin Rother
  • Terence J. Sabaka
  • Reyko Schachtschneider
  • Olivier Sirol
  • Claudia Stolle
  • Erwan Thébault
  • Alan W. P. Thomson
  • Lars Toffner-Clausen
  • Jakub Velimsky
  • Pierre Vigneron
  • Pieter N. Visser
Journal:
EARTH PLANETS AND SPACE
Volume:
65
Number:
11
Pages:
1189-1200
ISSN:
1343-8832
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Abstract:
Swarm, a three-satellite constellation to study the dynamics of the Earth's magnetic field and its interactions with the Earth system, is expected to be launched in late 2013. The objective of the Swarm mission is to provide the best ever survey of the geomagnetic field and its temporal evolution, in order to gain new insights into the Earth system by improving our understanding of the Earth's interior and environment. In order to derive advanced models of the geomagnetic field (and other higher-level data products) it is necessary to take explicit advantage of the constellation aspect of Swarm. The Swarm SCARF (Satellite Constellation Application and Research Facility) has been established with the goal of deriving Level-2 products by combination of data from the three satellites, and of the various instruments. The present paper describes the Swarm input data products (Level-1b and auxiliary data) used by SCARF, the various processing chains of SCARF, and the Level-2 output data products determined by SCARF.