Paris, 17 March 2017
Call for Media: Results from ESA's ice and magnetic field satellite missions
Scientists are convening in Banff, Canada, to discuss the latest results coming from the three-satellite Swarm mission on the magnetic field, as well as new information on changing ice masses from the CryoSat satellite.
Hosted by the Canadian Space Agency and the University of Calgary, the event also brings the heads of the two largest Earth observation programmes in the world - from ESA and NASA - to discuss future collaboration.
Launched in 2013, the trio of Swarm satellites are measuring and untangling the different magnetic fields that stem from Earth's core, mantle, crust, oceans, ionosphere and magnetosphere. Together, these signals form the magnetic field that protects
us from cosmic radiation and charged particles that stream towards Earth in solar winds.
During the weeklong conference in Banff, scientists will present their latest findings derived from Swarm's measurements on the a newly-discovered difference in space weather between the north and south poles, as well as new information on the high-energy
current systems that link the Sun to Earth.
The most detailed model to date of the magnetism of Earth's crust will also be presented.
Concurrently, a meeting dedicated to the latest information coming out of ESA's 'ice mission' CryoSat will take place. Since 2010, CryoSat has been measuring the thickness of polar sea ice and monitoring changes in the ice sheets that blanket Greenland and Antarctica.
Diminishing ice cover is frequently cited as an early casualty of global warming - with the opening of the Northwest Passage being one visible result. Since ice, in turn, plays an important role in regulating climate and sea level, the consequences
of climate change are far reaching. It is therefore important to understand exactly how Earth's ice fields are responding to these changes - and by how much.
Scientists working with CryoSat data will reveal just how fast the ice sheets are melting, and how our changing climate affects Arctic sea-ice cover.
Media representatives are invited to the joint opening session for the '4th Swarm Science Meeting' and 'North-American CryoSat Science Meeting' 20 March at the Banff Park Lodge Conference Centre in Banff, Canada. The opening session will be followed
by a press briefing and interview opportunities with world-leading scientists in these fields, as well as with the heads of ESA and NASA's Earth observation programmes.
The press event will be moderated by former Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk, current Chancellor of the University of Calgary.
For the latest news and information on the Swarm mission, visit www.esa.int/swarm
For the latest news and information on the CryoSat mission, visit www.esa.int/cryosat
For more information on the 4th Swarm Science Meeting, visit http://swarm2017.org/
For more information on the North-American CryoSat Science Meeting, visit http://cryosat2017.org/
Media representatives unable to attend the event in Banff are invited to follow the opening session via live webstream. Press can then listen in on the press briefing via telephone, as well as ask questions and conduct brief interviews.
Opening session: 16:30 CET to 19:00 CET
Welcome address by:
-Sylvain Laporte, President of the Canadian Space Agency
-Josef Aschbacher, Director of ESA's Earth Observation
-Michael Freilich, Director of NASA's Earth Science Division
-Professor Ed McCauley, Vice President of the University of Calgary
Followed by keynote address:
-The Citizen Scientist - A New Era by Eric Franck Donovan-
-Understanding polar regions with CryoSat by Andrew Shepherd
-The International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics by Michael Sideris
Live webstream coverage
A live webstream of the opening session will be available at www.esa.int
Press briefing: 19:10 CET
Press can then listen in on the press briefing via telephone, as well as ask questions and conduct brief interviews.
Media interested in joining the briefing should request access information via email to ESA's Media Relations Office at: firstname.lastname@example.org
by 14:00 CET, Monday, 20 March 2017.