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Fourteenth EISCAT-3D User Meeting

      EISCAT Scientific Association                                               

14th EISCAT_3D User Meeting, 2021

  The 14th E3D User Meeting was held on November 29-30,  2021, about "lunch-to-lunch". The UM is combined with a 2nd E3D Software and Data meeting, which included a "hands-on" session, where already elements of the E3D interface for users could be tried. Participation was via the Zoom tool as in the previous meetings or in-person at the premises of IRF/EISCAT HQ in Kiruna. The presentations/discussions and also "Hands-on" worked equally well remotely or by physical presence at the facility.

We stick to the traditional scheme with short presentations followed by questions and discussion. Many of the presentation slides from the previous meetings, 
11th, 12th, and 13th E3D UM are linked at the meeting pages.

This announcement was last updated on December 7, 2021.


A registration is done by by filling  this Google form. Only partial participation (UM or SW) will of course be ok. Please indicate whether participation in person is planned. The names and email addresses of registered persons will be used to provide the Zoom link and other updates about the meeting by email. They will be stored as long as E3D User meetings are regularly held, unless specific removals are requested.


Contributions on any E3D related subject can be submitted. For the UM all topics including science results with the existing mainland KST, ESR, and Heating, other instruments relevant for E3D, and theory/modeling are welcome.

The preliminary programme with approximate timing is
  • Nov 29, Monday, 13.00-16.10:
    Users and Science.
      • Link: will be sent by email/available on request
    • 13.00-13.05: Practical Information, Stephan Buchert
    • 13.05-13.45: EISCAT3D project updates (Harri Hellgren, EISCAT)
    • 13.45-14.10: Login and user authorisation for EISCAT systems (Carl-Fredrik Enell, EISCAT)
    • 14.10-14.50: GeospaceLab: a Python package for managing and visualizing geospace data and its application for EISCAT (Lei Cai, University of Oulu), Abstract
      • 14.50-15.10: Coffee break, Leg stretching
  • Nov 30, Tuesday, 09.00-12.10:
    Users, Software and Data.
    • 10.40-11.50: Demonstration and hands-on of the present status of the E3D software/data system (Harri Hellgren, Simon Brown, et al.)
    • 11.50-12.10: Open discussion and spare time

Practical Information

The workshop will use the Zoom tool licensed by the Uppsala University, The server is operated by Uppsala University which assures that no exchange of personal data such as names and email addresses with third parties occurs. We do not intend to record the meeting but will make presentation slides publicly available also for some time after the meeting, if the presenters agree.

Alternatively participation at IRF Kiruna is welcome. Travel and accommodation needs to be arranged by the participant. There is no meeting fee. The local contact person is Anders Tjulin.

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 (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.

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. 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 three sites of stage 1 are Skibotn, Norway, Kaiseniemi, Sweden, and Karesuvanto, Finland. Major contracts for the Antenna Unit, the First Stage Receive Unit, and the Sub-Array Transmit Unit have been signed with ECRIEE, China and with DA-Design, Finland. The first measurements for scientific use are expected to be possible in 2022.