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Sixth EISCAT-3D User Meeting

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EISCAT_3D User Meeting 2014

A 6th user meeting for the EISCAT_3D project will take place in Uppsala, Sweden, on May 12-14, 2014. It will focus on planning for the Science of the EISCAT_3D project.
This is the meeting's second announcement.


The start of the meeting is at (preliminary) 1 pm (1300) on Monday, May 12, the end at 12 am on Wednesday, May 14. Please contact anyone of the programme committee, Ingrid Mann, Anita Aikio, Ian McCrea, Yasunobu Ogawa,   Cesar La Hoz, Thomas Leyser, or Craig Heinselman, for suggestions about the meeting programme. This years special topic is tentatively "Complementary measurements" (including optical, other radars, magnetometer networks, rockets, satellites, lidars, riometers etc.).

The preliminary programme is
  • May 12, Monday, 13.00-17.00:
    Special Topic Complementary Measuremens and EISCAT_3D
      • Location: Room 80109 of the Ångström Laboratory
    • 13.00-13.05: S. Buchert, Practical information
    • 13.05-13.10: C. Heinselman, Opening and welcome
    • 13:10-13.30: I. McCrea, Complementary measurements and EISCAT_3D science
    • 13.30-13.50: U. Brändström et al., Complementary measurements - Ground-based experiences from IRF
    • 13.50-14.10: Carl-Fredrik Enell, ESPAS as a platform for access to EISCAT data and complementary ground-based and satellite observations
    • 14.10-14.30: Robert Fear et al., Spectrographic and multi wavelength optical support for EISCAT_3D
    • 14.30-15.00 Kjellmar Oksavik, What can multi-constellation GNSS measurements do for EISCAT_3D?
    • 15.00-15.30 Break
    • 15.30-15.50: Mike Rietveld, Heating experiments as a complement to EISCAT measurements
    • 15.50-16.10: Evgenia Belova, Simultaneous observations of PMSE/PMWE with the EISCAT and MST radars
    • 16.10-16.30: Noora Partamies, MIRACLE optical measurements and auroral arciness
    • 16.30-16.50: Yasunobu Ogawa et al., Japanese plans of ground-based and in-situ measurements related to EISCAT_3D
    • 16.50-17.10: Nickolay Ivchenko, SEAM
    • 17.10-17.30: Stephan Buchert, Swarm satellites and IS radar, a global 2 1/2 D instrument for the ionosphere
  • May 13, Tuesday, 9.00-17.10:
    General EISCAT and EISCAT_3D Science: New results and future plans.
      • Location: Room 80101 of the Ångström Laboratory
    • 09.00-09.20: Anita Aikio, EISCAT_3D Science Case - New challenges
    • 09.20-09.40: Richard Fallows, Probing the Ionosphere with Broadband Low-Frequency Observations of  Ionospheric Scintillation
    • 09.40-10.00: Björn Gustavsson: Benefits of combining ISR and optical data for improvements of standard ISR data products
    • 10.00-10.20: Esa Turunen, Climate Relevant Couplings between Geospace Environment and Atmosphere
    • 10.20-10.50 Break
    • 10.50-11.10: Ilkka Virtanen, Incoherent scatter measurements with KAIRA and EISCAT VHF
    • 11.10-11.30: Lassi Roininen, EISCAT UHF quadriphase-coded experiments
    • 11.30-11.50: Jenni Virtanen, Studies of objects in near-Earth space using optical and radar measurements
    • 11.50-13.20 Lunch
    • 13.20-13.40: Johan Kero, Photometric and ionization masses of meteors with simultaneous EISCAT UHF radar and intensified video observations
    • 13.40-14.00: Anders Tjulin, The COOPEUS* project and the future
    • 14.00-14.20: Carl-Fredrik Enell, EISCAT data levels
    • 14.20-14.40: Ingemar Häggström, Big data and EISCAT
    • 14.40-15.10: Break
  • EISCAT_3D Preparatory Phase project: Current status and future plans
    • 15.10-15.30: Mats Nylén, EISCAT_3D: Dealing with the data, a long term perspective
    • 15.30-15.50: Markku Lehtinen, Specifications of a proposed EISCAT_3D digital receicer implementation
    • 15.50-16.10: Tomas Tallqvist, Results from a practical demonstration of EISCAT_3D technology I
    • 16.10-16.30: Janne Pulkkinen, Results from a practical demonstration of EISCAT_3D technology II
    • 16.30-17.30: Splinters, 1) E3D hosts, 2) COOPEUS*
  • May 14, Wednesday, 9.00-12.00: 
    EISCAT_3D Preparatory Phase project: Current status and future plans. Discussion of future actions by the user community.
      • Location: Room 80101 of the Ångström Laboratory
    • 09.00-09.30: Craig Heinselman, Staged Approach to Implementing EISCAT_3D
    • 09.30-09.45: Cesar La Hoz, Planning and funding E3D in Norway
    • 09.45-10.00: Magnus Friberg, Sweden
    • 10.00-10.30 Break
    • 10.30-10.45: Esa Turunen, Finnland
    • 10.45-11.00: Yasunobu Ogawa, Funding status in Japan
    • 11.00-11.15: Ian McCrae, Funding status in the UK
    • 11.15-11.30: Ingrid Mann, Preparatory Phase and thereafter
    • 11.10-12.00: Discussion

The local organizer is Stephan Buchert. Registration opens in January, 2014. Registration (last minute) 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 in the Ångströmlaboratoriet of the Uppsala University, room numbers
80109 (Monday) and 80101 (Tuesday and Wednesday), starting  on Monday, May 12, after lunch, and ending on Wednesday, May 14, 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

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. Ongoing Preparatory Phase actions were presented at User Meetings in 20112012, and 2013. 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.

In Norway and Sweden user consortia consisting of 30-40 active researchers submitted applications for national funding of E3D as a research infrastructure, applying for 150 MNOK and 150 MSEK, respectively. The submissions were in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

The outcome of the Norwegian application is fully positive, the Research Council ofNorway has reserved funds for E3D and will allocate them if a satisfactory international funding and operations plan within a reasonable time (subject to funding calls, the next one possibly in October 2014).

*Within the COOPEUS project EISCAT will facilitate the coordination of its atmospheric radar data products with those of the US partners at various levels from the lowest level raw data (as raw data samples, ideally as voltage-level data) to the highest level validated and derived data products in order to increase the involvement of potential scientific user communities. In order to achieve interoperability EISCAT and the US partner will negotiate shared data structures, practices and standards that are consistent with those of other environmental research infrastructure. More on COOPEUS you find under: