By the time of this meeting the GOCE mission will have been launched, its initial operation will have been started and GRACE will be in its seventh year of operation. So there will be data from two complementary satellite gravity missions available for the near future. On a longer term basis the community seeks for opportunities to continue measuring gravity and its variability from space in order to observe mass distribution and mass transport in the Earth system on a global scale on longer timescales. Various initiatives have been started to prepare a future gravity mission: Simulation studies are performed, mission requirements are defined and potential measurement equipments are identified.
This session solicits contributions about (1) status and early results from the GOCE mission, (2) plans for GOCE data analysis, (3) results from GRACE data analysis including applications in Earth sciences, (4) combination and synergy of GRACE and GOCE and (5) finally about ideas, scenarios and simulation studies for future gravity field missions.