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Third EISCAT-3D User Meeting

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EISCAT _3D User Meeting 2012

A 4th user meeting for the EISCAT_3D project will take place in Uppsala, Sweden, on May 23-25, 2012. It will focus on planning for the Science of the EISCAT_3D project, emphasizing particularly Space Weather and Modelling.
This is the meeting's third announcement.


The start of the meeting is at 9:00 am on Wednesday, May 23, the end 10 am on Friday, May 25. Please contact anyone of the programme committee, Anita Aikio, Ingrid Mann, Ian McCrea, or Esa Turunen for suggestions about the meeting programme.

The programme is

May 23, Wednesday, 09.00-17.25:
Space Weather, Modelling, and EISCAT_3D
Location: Ångströmlaboratoriet Lecture Hall 80121

09:00    Welcome and practical arrangements (Stephan Buchert)
09:10    EISCAT_3D Science Case: Space Weather and Modeling (Anita Aikio and Ian McCrea)
09:35    Data exploitation and numerical simulation for space weather at CDPP: current status
                and future developments
(Frederik Pitout)
10:00    Ionospheric modeling at high latitudes (Iwona Stanislawska)

10:25    Coffee break

10:55    Space weather challenges of the polar cap (Jøran Moen and Kjellmar Oksavik)  
11:20    The role of EISCAT_3D in coordinated observations of relativistic electron precipitation
                into the atmosphere (Esa Turunen)

11:45    Lunch

13:15    Invited: EISCAT and Space Situational Awareness (Hannu Koskinen)
Invited: Solar Physics and Space Weather with LOFAR (Christian Vocks)

14:05    Coffee break

14:35    Study of ionospheric irregularities from GPS observations in relation
                to complementary information from EISCAT (Lucilla Alfonsi)
15:00    Auroral electron fluxes and characteristic energy of precipitating electrons inferred
                by ALIS and EISCAT (Herve Lamy)
15:25    Tracking satellites for ESA with EISCAT UHF, a SSA test campaign in autumn 2010
                 (Jussi Markkanen)

15:45    The behavior of ionospheric structures at high latitude during last solar minimum
                 (Hanna Rothkaehl)

16:05    GNSS monitoring of the ionosphere for Space Weather services
                 (Andrzej Krankowski)

16:25    Open discussion of space weather/modelling session, identification of missing topics
17:25    Close

May 24, Thursday, 09.00-17.30: General EISCAT_3D Science and Project Status
Location: Ångströmlaboratoriet
Lecture Hall 80121

09:00    Electric field around active auroral forms: EISCAT-ALIS observations (Tima Sergienko)
09:20    The EASI interferometer system (Nicola Manuel Schlatter)
09:40    Artificial Periodic Irregularities, Results (Antti Kero)

10:00    The SWARM satellites as a tool to study space weather effects in the upper ionosphere
                and thermosphere (Stephan Buchert)

10:20    Coffee break

10:50    Modern online analysis results from the EISCAT HF radars (Dynasondes)
                (Mike Rietveld)
11:10    Interplanetary scintillation results with LOFAR (Richard Fallows)
11:35    KAIRA (Juha Vierinen)
12:00    Measurements with twisted beams carrying orbital angular momentum: Preliminary results
                from PFISR (Thomas Leyser)

12:25    Lunch

13:30    Perfect codes - theory and practice (Lassi Roininen)
13:50    ACF's, metadata and other stuff I met on the way to EISCAT_3D (Paul Gallop)
State of EISCAT_3D_Norway (Cesar La Hoz)
14:23    EISCAT_3D_Sweden (Jörg Gumbel)

14:36    Coffee break

15:05    Progress in WP10: imaging software (Vasyl Belyey)
15:30    Introduction to EISCAT_3D site selection (Esa Turunen)
16:00    Introduction to Performance Specification (Björn Gustavsson)
16:30    Open discussion of EISCAT_3D plans including site selection and performance specification

17:30    Close

May 25, Friday, 08.30-10.00: Summary of EISCAT_3D Status and Discussion
Location: Ångströmlaboratoriet,
Lecture Hall 80101

08:30    Status of the EISCAT_3D Preparatory Phase Project at the time of first periodic reporting
                (Ingrid Mann)
09:00    EISCAT_3D future plans, timeline and supporting actions (Ian McCrea)
09:30    Summary discussion
10:00    Close


The local organizer is Stephan Buchert. Registration after the deadline can still be done by email to Please let me know if you would like to have assistance for reserving accommodation.

Practical Information

The workshop will be in lecture halls 80121 (80101 on Friday) of the Ångströmlaboratoriet of the Uppsala University, starting  on Wednesday, May 23, 9 am, and ending on Friday, May 25 at 10 am. Karin Ågren's PhD defense about Titan's ionosphere starts 10:15, location tbd. The opponent is Prof. Nagy from the University of Michigan.

If needed, smaller meeting rooms for splinter sessions of the meeting are available.


Accommodation seems to become difficult to find for the time of the workshop, we recomment that you book as soon as possible:

Information for visitors

EISCAT-3D, a short description

More information can be found at the EISCAT-3D web site.

EISCAT-3D is a planned next generation incoherent scatter radar facility, based on phased-array technology and multiple radar sites. The EISCAT_3D proposal was accepted on the ESFRI Roadmap of large-scale European research infrastructures in December 2008.

The EU, EISCAT, the Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory (UK), the University of Tromsø (Norway), the Luleå Technical University (Sweden), and the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (Sweden) financed and undertook the EISCAT-3D design study. The results of the study were presented at the first EISCAT -3D User Meeting 2009, and a final report has been published.

A four year long Preparatory Phase of EISCAT_3D funded by the  European Commission under the call FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2010-1 started  on 1 October 2010. To the users ongoing Preparatory Phase actions were presented at the third EISCAT-3D User Meeting in 2011. The Preparatory Phase work is being performed by a consortium consisting of

EISCAT Scientific Association
University of Oulu, Finland
Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Sweden
University of Tromsø, Norway
Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK
Swedish Research Council, Sweden
National Instruments, Belgium

with EISCAT acting as coordinator. A key activity of the phase will be the gathering of requirements for the science topics that will be addressed with EISCAT_3D, and the different types of new experiment which users would like to run. This activity will be coordinated within work package 3, Science planning and user engagement.