EGU 2018

2018 Apr. 18.

The European Geoscience Union (EGU) held its annual General Assembly in Vienna between 8-13 April. EGE GA is the largest European forum for geosciences. This year more than 15 000 researchers from 106 countries contributed to the scientific program organized in 666 scientific sessions.

Two sessions were dedicated to the results of the first four year of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Swarm mission. The Swarm mission comprising three geophysical spacecraft orbiting at 4-500 km altitude makes continuous magnetic field, electric field, plasma and gravity measurements. The researchers (B. Heilig, P. Kovács and A. Koppán) at the Department for the Geophysical Fundamental Research of the Mining and Geological Survey of Hungary take part in the mission since its very beginning. At the EGU they summarized their results on ULF waves, turbulence and the plasmasphere obtained in the past few years. A recent publication on the topic can be found here.
Beyond these contributions, the department was involved in three further papers as first author, and another one as co-author. P. Kovács and A. Koppán presented a new magnetic field model for Middle-Europe based on the latest observations. Another paper discussed a new procedure developed for the absolute calibration of relative gravimeters (on behalf of the Survey: M. Kis, A. Koppán, A. Csontos and L. Szabados), while the third presented the tectonic development of the Matra and Bükk mountains based on the results obtained by the paleomagnetic  method (Márton Péterné).
All the results have been achieved through wide-ranging international collaborations.