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Nineth EISCAT-3D User Meeting

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EISCAT_3D User Meeting 2018

  The EISCAT_3D (E3D) project has now been officially started with an opening event on September 7, 2017. Its 9th user meeting will take place in Uppsala, Sweden, on May 8-9, 2018. 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 E3D 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 core meeting is 9 am on Tuesday, May 8, the end is around noon on Wednesday, May 9. Monday, May 7, afternoon is reserved for preparatory meetings, splinters, etc. The E3DDS Kick-off meeting will take place on Monday in room ITC 1145. For the E3D user meeting please contact anyone of the programme committee, Lisa Baddeley, Anita Aikio, Ian McCrea, Yasunobu Ogawa, Johan Kero, or Craig Heinselman, for suggestions about the meeting programme. This year we have encouraged particularly contributions about complementary projects and instrumentation, and also on software and data solutions for  EISCAT and EISCAT_3D. 

The preliminary programme is
  • May 8, Tuesday, 09.00-17.00:
    Supplementary instrument roadmap, E3D in national programmes, complementary projects.
      • Location: Room 1111 in the ITC area (across the road from the Ångström Laboratory)
    • 09.00-09.05: Practical Information, Stephan Buchert
    • 09.05-09.10: Opening and Welcome, Craig Heinselmann, EISCAT
    • 09.10-09.40: EISCAT_3D Status of Preparations, Craig Heinselmann, EISCAT
    • 09.40-09.50: EISCAT_3D Status in Finnland, Japan, Norway, Sweden, UK, Anita Aikio, Stephan Buchert, Ian McCrea, Yasunobu Ogawa, Björn Gustavsson
    • 09.50-10.15: EISCAT_3D Supplementary Instrument Roadmap, Anita Aikio, Oulu University
      • 10.15-10.45: Coffee break
    • 10.45-11.10: Thoughts about complementary instrumentation and possible EU space weather initiatives, Ian McCrea, STFC
    • 11.10-11.40: E3D data solutions, John White, NEIC
    • 11.40-12.05: Current status of Japanese EISCAT_3D preparation, Yasunobu Ogawa, NIPR
      • 12.05-13.15: Lunch break
    • 13.15-13.35: Inter-Observatory Collaboration: Ground-Instrumentation Roadmap for EISCAT-3D, Thomas Ulich, SGO
    • 13.35-13.55: Heating, ESR and the User Community, Thomas Ulich, SGO
    • 13.55-14.20: The latest from Heating and prospects for the future, Mike Rietveld, EISCAT
    • 14.20-14.45: LOFAR4SpaceWeather: Synergies with KAIRA, EISCAT, and EISCAT_3D, Richard Fallows, Astron
      • 14.45-15.15: Coffee break
    • 15.15-15.40: EISCAT_3D Performance Evaluation for Space Situational Awareness, Daniel Kastinen, IRF
    • 15.40-16.05: Nanosateliites supporting the EISCAT_3D Science Case, Esa Turunen, SGO
    • 16.05-16.25: The Swarm mission extension, Stephan Buchert, IRF
    • 16.25-16.50: SDI-3D project: measurements of the thermosphere, Shin-ichiro Oyama, ISEE
  • May 9, Wednesday, 9.00-12.30:
    Complementary Instruments, Special Topic, "Standard modes of operation, Common Programmes, and software packages for EISCAT and EISCAT_3D"
      • Location: Room 1111 in the ITC area (across the road from the Ångström Laboratory)
    • 09.00-09.25: ALIS_4D a Swedish complementary instrument for EISCAT_3D, Urban Brändström, IRF
    • 09.25-09.45: Optical NLC cameras for common volume studies of NLC and PMSE dynamics above
      the Tromsø radar site, Peter Dalin, IRF
    • 09.45-10.05: Advance Mesospheric Temperature Mapper (AMTM) is proposed to estimate the
      mesopause temperature by observing hydroxyl (OH) airglow emissions, Peter Dalin, IRF
    • 10.05-10.30: Latest developments in the EISCAT 3D data handling projects, Carl-Fredrik Enell, EISCAT
      • 10.30-11.00: Coffee break
    • 11.00-11.25: ELSPEC – a tool for electron energy spectrum estimation from EISCAT radar data, Ilkka Virtanen, Oulu University
    • 11.25-11.45: Frame for a new IS core data analysis, Stephan Buchert, IRF
    • 11.45-12.00: Next meetings, including the EISCAT symposium 2019, Thomas Ulich, Stephan Buchert et al.


The local organizer is Stephan Buchert. The deadline for Registration has passed, but for late registrations please email 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 of the Uppsala University, at the 
Information Technology Center (ITC),  room number 1111 on both days. In 2013 the 5th E3D user meeting has also been in the ITC area, and the group photo shows in the background building "hus 1" where this years meeting location is. The ususal Ångströmlaboratory is being extended, with a risk for noise from the ongoing construction work. If needed, smaller meeting rooms for splinter sessions are available, also on Monday, May 7.

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 E3D web site.

E3D 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 E3D User Meeting 2009, and a final report has been published.

A four year long Preparatory Phase of E3D 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 E3D 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 E3D proposal now foresees a staged approach, with stage 1 having a core site with transmitter and two receiving sites.

In October 2015 the Horizon 2020 project  “EISCAT_3D: Preparation for Production” (EISCAT3D_PfP) had its kick-off, and it was active until August 2017.  Results  have been collected, and notably a test subarray was developed and built at the EISCAT site in Ramfjordmoen.

After an opening ceremony
September 7, 2017, the final development and construction of E3D stage 1 has been going on, the first measurements for scientific use are expected to be possible in 2022.