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Eighth EISCAT-3D User Meeting

      EISCAT Scientific Association                                               European Union

EISCAT_3D User Meeting 2016

An 8th user meeting for the EISCAT_3D project will take place in Uppsala, Sweden, on May 18-19, 2016. As usual, the meeting provides a forum for interested scientists who may or may not be directly involved in the design and construction of the EISCAT_3D project, and also for persons working more with its administrative, logistic, and technical aspects.
This is the meeting's second announcement including a preliminary programme


The start of the meeting is 13 (1 pm) on Wednesday, May 18, the end is at 17 (5  pm) on Thursday, May 19. Further informal meetings can be arranged also on Friday, May 20. 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 "Planning for science in the transition between EISCAT and EISCAT_3D including its first two years of operation." For example, studies exploiting the still available multi UHF and VHF capability of EISCAT would fall under this topic, as well as opportunities that could turn up with a transmitters site at a new geographic location and the existing instrumentation at Ramfjordmoen.

The preliminary programme is
  • May 18, Wednesday, 13.00-17.00:
    Special Topic, "Planning for science in the transition between EISCAT and EISCAT_3D including its first two years of operation" as well as general EISCAT and EISCAT_3D Science: New results and future plans.
      • Location: Room 80121 of the Ångström Laboratory
    • 13.00-13.05: Practical Information, Stephan Buchert
    • 13.05-13.10: Opening and Welcome, Craig Heinselmann
    • 13.10-13.40: EISCAT_3D Preparation for Production, Craig Heinselmann
    • 13.40-14.10: EISCAT_3D status in Finnland, Japan, Norway, Sweden, UK, Anita Aikio, Cesar La Hoz, Stephan Buchert, Ian McCrea, Yasunobu Ogawa
    • 14.10-14.30: Ideas for the transition period between EISCAT and EISCAT_3D, Ian McCrea
    • 14.30-14.50: Heating in the transition between EISCAT and EISCAT_3D: Challenges and Opportunities,  Mike Rietveld
    • 14.50-15.20: Coffee break
    • 15.20-15.40: A small note on array layout and horizontal sub-beam resolution, Björn Gustavsson
    • 15.40-16.00: Potential of EISCAT_3D for some present science themes at UiT, Cesar La Hoz
    • 16.00-16.20: EIRA, a project to strengthen the SGO research infrastructure , Tomi Teppo
    • 16.20-18.00: Splinter: Meeting of representatives from host institutions and institutions that prepare funding applications
  • May 19, Thursday, 9.00-17.00:
    Planning for big data from EISCAT_3D and general EISCAT  Science: New results and future plans.
      • Location: Project room IRF
    • 09.00-09.20: The INNOSAT announcement of opportunity, Masatoshi Yamauchi (by video conf.)
    • 09.20-11.40: Splinter: INNOSAT
      • Location: Room 80101 of the Ångström Laboratory
    • 09.30-10.00: NeIC and its support of EISCAT_3D, John White
    • 10.00-10.25: Data portals and Data access, EGI project, Carl-Fredrik Enell
    • 10.25-10.55: Coffee break
    • 10.55-11.15: Demo of the DIRAC portal and EUDAT services,  Carl-Fredrik Enell
    • 11.15-11.30: How we process the Swarm Langmuir probe data, Stephan Buchert
    • 11.30-11.50: EISCAT tri-static observation of polar mesosphere winter echoes, Evgenia Belova
    • 11.50-13.20: Lunch break
    • 13.20-13.40: Satellite - ground-based coordination: EISCAT and Swarm results, Anita Aikio
    • 13.40-14.00: Results from the Swarm mission, Stephan Buchert
    • 14.00-14.20: The SPIDER sounding rocket, Nickolay Ivchenko
    • 14.20-14.40: EISCAT and ALIS support of SPIDER rocket experiment, Tima Sergienko
    • 14.40-15.10: Coffee break
    • 15.10-15.30: Incoherent scatter observations with KAIRA and EISCAT, Ilkka Virtanen
    • 15.30-15.50: Heating Science, Mike Rietveld
    • 15.50-16.10: Employing Plasma Line Data: The IPY at ESR, Nicola Manuel Schlatter
    • 16.10-16.30: Statistical study of Langmuir turbulence measured with ESR, Yasunobu Ogaw
    • 16.30-16.40: EISCAT_3D in the ENVRI_plus project, Ingrid Mann
    • 16.40-17.00: Next meeting including a call for new members for the programme committee

The local organizer is Stephan Buchert. Registration is still possible, please send an 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 80121 (Wednesday) and 80101 (Thursday), starting  on Wednesday, May 18, after lunch, and ending on Thursday, May 19, evening. If needed, smaller meeting rooms for splinter sessions are available, also on Friday, May 20.


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 (STFC, 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. The Preparatory Phase work has been performed by a consortium consisting of 8 institutions: the EISCAT Scientific Association as the coordinator, 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, and National Instruments, Belgium

Preparatory Phase actions were presented at User Meetings in 20112012, 2013, and 2014. A prominent outcome is the Science Case for a EISCAT-3D facility which had been prepared within work package 3, Science planning and user engagement. It is also published here. The Preparatory Phase ended in September 2014. In the mean time the EISCAT-3D proposal now foresees a staged approach, with stage 1 having a core site with transmitter and two receiving sites.

In Norway, Sweden, and Finland user consortia consisting of 10-40 active researchers submitted applications for national funding of E3D as a research infrastructure, each applying for roughly 15 MEuro. The submissions were in 2013-2015, and the total amounts to about 75 % of the costs anticipated to construct stage 1. The response by the respective Research Councils have been positive, but a credible plan for completely financing the project is still to be found.

In October 2015 the Horizon 2020 project  “EISCAT_3D: Preparation for Production” (EISCAT3D_PfP) had its kick-off. Within this PfP the design of critical subsystems of the EISCAT_3D system will be finalized, a test subarry developed, procured and assembled in the Artic environment, and engineering-level software developed.