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Fifth EISCAT-3D User Meeting

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EISCAT_3D User Meeting 2013

A 5th user meeting for the EISCAT_3D project took place in Uppsala, Sweden, on May 6-8, 2013. It focused on planning for the Science of the EISCAT_3D project.
Here is group photo from the meeting:
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The start of the meeting is at 10 am on Monday, May 6, the end at 12 am on Wednesday, May 8. Please contact anyone of the programme committee, Ingrid Mann, Craig Heinselman, Anita Aikio, Ian McCrea, or Esa Turunen, for suggestions about the meeting programme.

The programme, with reservation for minor changes, is

  • May 6, Monday, 10.00-17.00:
    Location: Polacksbacken, hus 2, lecture hall 2446

  • Special Topic (Data Analysis and Management) and EISCAT_3D

10:00-10:05    Welcome (Stephan Buchert)
10:05-10:30    EISCAT and EISCAT_3D (Craig Heinselmann)
10:30-11:05    Nordic and European Infrastructure collaborations, European Grid Infrastructure (EGI)
                        and the Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration (NeIC)
(Jacko Koster)
11:05-11:40    EUDAT (Damien LeCarpentier
11:40-12:00    EISCAT_3D data challenges
(Mats Nylén)

12:00-13:30    Lunch break

13:30-13:50    Lag profile inversion in data analysis (Ilkka Virtanen)
13:50-14:10    EISCAT Data Analysis and the Madrigal Data Base (Ingemar Häggström)
IS Radar Data Analysis, -base, Tools and Procedures at NIPR (Yasunobu Ogawa)
Space Physics Data Bases (Stephan Buchert)

14:50-15:10    Break

15:10-15:30    The Near-Earth Space Data Infrastructure for E-Science (ESPAS) EU FP7 project
                        (Carl-Fredrik Enell)

15:30-15:50    COOPEUS - Cooperation between EU and US environmental research infrastructures
                        (Anders Tjulin)

15:50-about 17:00   Splinter sessions:
            1) EISCAT data formats, collaboration with other IS radars, future of Madrigal?
            2) Technical design work
            3) EISCAT host institutions' meeting

  • May 7, Tuesday, 9.00-17.10:
    Polacksbacken, hus 2, lecture hall 2446

    General EISCAT and EISCAT_3D Science: New results and future plans.

09:00-09:20    KAIRA: progress, status and plans (Derek McKay-Bukowski)
09:20-09:40    Update on KAIRA and LOFAR activities (Richard Fallows)
09:40-10:00    Radio astronomy with E3D (Tobia Carozzi)
10:00-10:20    Heating with EISCAT_3D (Mike Rietveld)

10:20-10:40    Break

10:40-11:00    Experiment modes for different science applications in EISCAT_3D (Ian McCrea)
Solutions for 'EISCAT_3D digital signal processing' (Markku Lehtinen)
11:20-11:40    Some notes on stastitically equivalent radar experiments (Lassi Roininen)
11:40-12:00    Birkeland Centre for Space Science (Kjellmar Oksavik)

12:00-13:30    Lunch break

13:30-13:45    Satellite-ground-based coordination for understanding magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling
                         (Anita Aikio)
Auroral acceleration region (Göran Marklund)
14:05-14:25    Cluster observations related to ionospheric depletions (Tomas Karlsson)

14:25-14:45    High-accuracy determination of satellite ranges and range rates with EISCAT UHF
(Jussi Markkanen)

14:45-15:05    Break

15:05-15:25    Physical characterization of asteroids and space debris using  active radar remote sensing
(Jenni Virtanen)
15:25-15:45    Physical properties of meteoroids based on observations
(Maria Gritsevich and Johan Kero)
15:45-16:05    Meteors with EISCAT_3D - operational aspects (Johan Kero)

16:05-16:25    Mysterious UHF backscatter enhancements on the topside ionosphere caused by Heating
                            (Mike Rietveld, A. Senior, et al.)

16:25-16:45    Monitoring relativistic electrons (Esa Turunen)
16:45-17:05    Importance of waves on the polar winter stratosphere (Farahnaz Khosrawi)

  • May 8, Wednesday, 9.00-12.00:
    Location: Polacksbacken, hus 2,
    lecture hall 2446

    EISCAT_3D Preparatory Phase project: status, site selection. Discussion of future actions by the user community.

09:00-09:30    e-IRG (Sverker Holmgren)
09:30-09:40    Mutual coupling effects and optimum architecture of a sparse antenna array
                           (Claes Beckmann and Irina Tecsor)

09:40-10:00    EISCAT_3D PP project status (Ingrid Mann)
10:00-10:30    National activities for EISCAT_3D

                        (Cesar La Hoz, Johan Kero, Anita Aikio, Yasunobu Ogawa, Ian McCrea, ...)

10:30-10:50    Break

10:50-11:20    Status of site selection (Björn Gustavsson)
11:20-12:00    Discussion of site selection and related matters

12:00   End of meeting


The local organizer is Stephan Buchert. Registration opens in January, 2013. A deadline has been set to April 25, 2013! Registration can  be done by email to Please let me know if you would like to have assistance for reserving accommodation.

Practical Information

The workshop will take place on the Polacksbacken campus , "Hus 2" of the Information Technology Centre of Uppsala University.  The meeting starts  on Monday, May 6, morning, and ends on Wednesday, May 8, lunch time. If needed, smaller meeting rooms for splinter sessions are available.


Accommodation in Uppsala is often difficult to find for the time of the workshop, we recomment that you book as soon as possible:

Information for visitors

How to find the meeting room

The closest bus stop is called "Polacksbacken." The bus schedule can be obtained from here.

Walking distance from the central station is 30 minutes or 2.4 km which is also representative for most of the hotels.

Front view of the old MIC

Front view of the Polacksbacken complex with its old name "MIC" on the wall. The Polacksbacken bus stop is to the right of this photo. Hus 2 is the one to the right of the centre building, and to enter it you need to reach its backside by walking through the passage between the buildings entering a large court. Use the entrance with a big single "2" above. The meeting room 2446 is at the fourth floor.

Bus stop and Ångström Laboratory

Polacksbacken bus stop and Ångströmlaboratory, where we have been in the previous years. The ITC buildings are behind you, if you see this scene.

Map at bus stop

Map at the bus stop, useful for finding to "Hus 2".

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 and at the fourth meeting in 2012. 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.