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First EISCAT-3D User Meeting EISCAT Scientific Association

EISCAT -3D User Meeting 2010

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 previous EISCAT -3D User Meeting 2009, and a final report has been published.

In December 2009 EISCAT, in lead of a consortium consisting of nine partners, has submitted a bid for the Preparatory Phase under the EU FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2010-1.

A 2nd user meeting will take place in Uppsala, Sweden, on May 19-21, 2010. It will focus on planning for the Preparatory Phase of the EISCAT_3D project, which will begin in autumn 2010. Particular aims are:
  • To present the current plan of the EISCAT_3D  Preparatory Phase project to the user community
  • To clarify the plans for the scientific programme of the new radar, including ideas from future users outside the traditional EISCAT community.
  • To explore the possible uses of EISCAT_3D for service applications, in areas such as space weather and space situational awareness.
  • To discuss the different options for the delivery of these operational requirements, in terms of the system configuration and its technical realisation.
This is the meeting's third announcement.


Information for visitors

The workshop will be in lecture room 4101 of the Ångströmlaboratoriet of the Uppsala University on Wednesday, May 19, and the Beurling room on Thursday and Friday, May 20-21. If needed, smaller meeting rooms for splinter sessions are available.

Programme outline

with session titles and schedule. Please contact Esa Turunen regarding suggestions.

May 19, Wednesday: 
  • prenoon: arrival and registration of participants, informal gatherings
    11:00-13:00 Lunch with local space physicists and friends of IS radars
  • 13:00-13:30 Overview of the EISCAT_3D ESFRI project (Esa Turunen)
  • 13:30-14:00 The EISCAT_3D Science Case (Ian McCrea)
  • 14:00-17:00 Science applications of EISCAT_3D and resulting requirements for the new facility (16 min incl. discussion each)
    • Lower and middle atmosphere (Evgenia Belova)
    • Atmospheric chemistry (Pekka Verronen)
    • Upper atmosphere-ionosphere-magnetosphere (Stephan Buchert)
    • Twisted radar beams (Thomas Leyser)
    • Small scale structures (Hanna Dahlgren, Nickolay Ivchenko)
  • 15:20-15:40 Coffee break
    • Large scale processes (John Kelly)
    • Dusty plasma (Cesar La Hoz)
    • Meteors and dust (Asta Pellinen-Wannberg)
    • Interplanetary Scintillations, Radio Astronomy (Andy Breen/Ian McCrea)
    • Service, space weather, space debris, etc (Mike Hapgood/Ian McCrea)
May 20 Thursday: 
  • 9:00-9:45 Recent EISCAT highlights (15 min each)
    • Recent EISCAT highlights  (Ingemar Häggström)
    • Plans for World Days  2011  (Ingemar Häggström)
    • Hydrogen and Oxygen upflow (Stephan Buchert, Yasunobu Ogawa)
  • 9:45-12:00 Other science projects of relevance to EISCAT (present and future)
    • AMISR developments (John Kelly)
    • Middle atmosphere radars, Maarsy, Pansy (Yasunobo Ogawa, ...)
    • EISCAT Aperture Synthesis Imaging, EASI (Nickolay Ivchenko/Cesar La Hoz)
  • 10:30-10:45 Coffee Break
    • LOFAR (Derek McKay)
    • Onsala Radio Observatory/Onsala LOFAR site (Hans Olofsson)
    • LOIS (Bo Tidé)
    • Swarm (Stephan Buchert)
    • Observation of Celestial and Atmospheric MeV-Gamma-Rays using a 
      Wide Field of View Electron Tracking Compton Camera with Balloon 
      Borne Experiment (Toru Tanimori)
  • 12:00-13:15 Lunch
  • 13:15-15:03 Presentation of technical concepts and designs, particularly on antennas, receivers, and digital signal processing (18 min each)
    • A LOFAR station as VHF receiver in Finland (Markku Lehtinen)
    • Aperture Synthesis Imaging Radar (ASIR) capabilities of the EISCAT_3D system (Markku Lehtinen)
    • Imaging with EISCAT_3D (Cesar La Hoz)
    • OAM (Bo Tidé)
    • Antenna Technology for the EISCAT_3D Radar (Tore Lindgren)
    • On the use of EISCAT measurements in technological applications (Biagio Forte)
  • 15:03-15:33 Coffee Break
  • 15:33-17:03 Radar coding and analysis methods
    • EISCAT 3D as a diagnostic for artificial ionospheric heating (Mike Rietveld)
    • 3D ionospheric electrodynamics and EISCAT 3D (Olaf Amm)
    • An introduction of multi-purpose modulations (Ilkka Virtanen)
    • Random thoughts on radar transmission coding and analysis (Juha Vierinen)
    • Venabili (Paul Gallop)
May 21, Friday
  • 9:00-10:00 Overview of the EISCAT_3D Preparatory Phase
  • 10:00-11:00 WP3 of the EISCAT_3D Preparatory Phase, Science Planning and User Engagement
  • 11:00-12:00 Summaries and future actions


The local organizer is Stephan Buchert. You can register by filling out this form. Deadline is May 11, 2010! Please let me know if you would like to have assistance for reserving accommodation.