Periodic Report 1 (1 September 2015 - 31 August 2016)

This Periodic Report is the first periodic report of the EISCAT3D_PfP project. It covers the months 1 to 12 of the 2-year project. The report addresses the progress of the project during its first year of activities. It has been submitted to the European Commission for evaluation.

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Deliverable 3.1: Technical report on approaches for sub-array beamformer

As a part of work package 3 this report presents the technical requirements for implementing the EISCAT_3D test sub-array beamformer and also, evaluates the commercial beamformer approaches by considering the architectural, interconnectivity, power, bandwidth and cost requirements. The evaluated approaches are categorized as the off-the-shelf and the customized solutions. Read more in the Deliverable 3.1 report.

EISCAT3D_PfP Newsletter: September 2016

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The fourth issue of the EISCAT3D_PfP Newsletter has been released. The newsletter is released quarterly to present the progress of the project progression and it contains up-to-date information about the project status.

To access the newsletter either click on the image above, on these words, or the attachment link below.

Joint EISCAT/NSF Incoherent Scatter Radar School 2016

The Joint EISCAT/NSF Incoherent Scatter Radar School 2016 was held in Finland at the Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory 24-30 July 2016. The school provided students with hands-on experience in designing and running experiments at incoherent scatter radar facilities. During this summer school, students had the opportunity to run experiments with the EISCAT incoherent scatter radar (ISR) and use data from multiple ISR observatories, such as Poker Flat (PFISR), Millstone Hill, Sondrestrom, Arecibo and Jicamarca.

Group Photo EISCAT/NSF ISR School 2016

The 2016 ISR summer school was a collaboration between the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and the EISCAT Scientific Association. The US portion of the school was sponsored by the NSF through its Geospace Facilities Program within the Geosciences Directorate and is organized by SRI International. The EISCAT portion of the school was sponsored by the EISCAT Scientific Association and organised by Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory.

More information about the Radar School is available from the organiser's website:
and the material from the Radar School is collected here:

Presentations at the Incoherent Scatter Radar School 2016:
International EISCAT-NSF Radar School (Thomas Ulich)
Introduction to the ionosphere (Anita Aikio)
A blackbox view of incoherent scatter radar (Bill Rideout)
Introduction to Radar Part 1
Introduction to Incoherent Scatter 1 (Anja Strømme)
Ionosphere – radar data examples (Anita Aikio)
How to use the Madrigal database for atmospheric science (Bill Rideout)
Basic Radar 2: Fundamentals of Radar Signals (Roger Varney)
Incoherent Scatter Theory: A Slightly Deeper Look (Phil Erickson)
Introduction to EISCAT - What you need to know to run an experiment (Carl-Fredrik Enell)
  EISCAT Experiments
  Sondrestrom ISR coverage
  PFISR WorldDay35 Mode
  Millstone Hill ISR Mode: Rapid TID

European Incoherent SCATter Radars (EISCAT) (Craig Heinselman)
National Science Foundation (John Meriwether)
History of RADAR (Thomas Ulich)
Pulse Compression / Coding (Phil Erickson)
Unravelling long-term behaviour in historic geophysical data sets (Thomas Ulich)
ISR Data Analysis and Fitting (Roger Varney)
ISR Practicalities (Phil Erickson)
Introduction to GUISDAP - How to analyze EISCAT data (Carl-Fredrik Enell)
EISCAT Science examples: Signatures of bursty bulk flows in the ionosphere and Ionospheric Joule heating (Anita Aikio)
EISCAT Science: Multi-scale structure (Ian McCrea)
EISCAT science examples: D-region research - Chemical effect on ozone by pulsating aurora (Esa Turunen)
Interpreting ISR Data - From data plots to physics (Ian McCrea)
Introduction to heating experiments (Antti Kero)
Introduction to Phased Arrays (Craig Heinselman)
Advanced Modular Incoherent Scatter Radar (Roger Varney)
EISCAT_3D (Craig Heinselman)

EISCAT3D_PfP Newsletter: May 2016

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The third issue of the EISCAT3D_PfP Newsletter has been released. The newsletter is released quarterly to present the progress of the project progression and it contains up-to-date information about the project status.

To access the newsletter either click on the image above, on these words, or the attachment link below.

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The 8th EISCAT_3D User Meeting: Uppsala, 18-19 May 2016

Group photo at the 8th EISCAT_3D Users Meeting

The 8th user meeting for the EISCAT_3D project took place in Uppsala, Sweden, on May 18-19, 2016.

As usual, the meeting provided 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. The workshop venue was at Ångströmlaboratoriet of Uppsala University.

More information is available on the meeting website:

The programme contained the following presentations, some of which available for download by clicking the title:

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
Practical Information (Stephan Buchert)
Opening and Welcome (Craig Heinselmann)
EISCAT_3D Status (Craig Heinselmann
EISCAT_3D status in the member countries
EISCAT_3D status in Finland (Anita Aikio)
EISCAT_3D status in Japan (Yasonubo Ogawa)
EISCAT_3D status in Norway (Cesar La Hoz)
EISCAT_3D status in Sweden (Stephan Buchert)
EISCAT_3D status in United Kingdom (Ian McCrea)
Ideas for the transition period between EISCAT and EISCAT_3D (Ian McCrea)
Heating in the transition between EISCAT and EISCAT_3D: Challenges and Opportunities (Mike Rietveld)
EISCAT_3D in ENVRI_plus (Ingrid Mann)
EISCAT_3D Norway (Cesar La Hoz)
EIRA - Project Introduction (Tomi Teppo)
Splinter: Meeting of representatives from host institutions and institutions that prepare funding applications
Planning for big data from EISCAT_3D and general EISCAT Science: New results and future plans
I3sat (Ionospheric 3D calibration satellite) for Swedish InnoSat-2, ESCAPE (European SpaceCraft for the study of Atmospheric Particle Escape) for ESA M5 (Masatoshi Yamauchi)
Splinter: INNOSAT
NeIC E3DS project status (John White)
Summary and demos of EISCAT_3D data projects (Carl-Fredrik Enell)
How we process the Swarm Langmuir probe data (Stephan Buchert)
EISCAT tri-static observation of polar mesosphere winter echoes on 8 January 2014 (Evgenia Belova)
Satellite - ground-based coordination: EISCAT and Swarm results (Anita Aikio)
Results from the Swarm mission (Stephan Buchert)
SPIDER (Nickolay Ivchenko)
EISCAT and ALIS and SPIDER (Tima Sergienko)
Incoherent scatter observations with KAIRA and EISCAT (Ilkka Virtanen)
Heating Science (Mike Rietveld)
High-Res Plasma Line Data: The IPY at ESR (Nicola Manuel Schlatter)
A statistical study of plasma line enhancements during IPY 2007-2008 (Michael Hammarsten)
Statistical study of Langmuir turbulence measured with ESR (Yasunobu Ogawa)
A small note on array layout and horizontal sub-beam resolution (Björn Gustavsson)
Next meeting including a call for new members for the programme committee

EUDAT pilot: Unified access to EISCAT radar data

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EUDAT has as one of its main ambitions to bridge the gap between research infrastructures and e-Infrastructures through an active engagement strategy. Experience shows that actively involving user communities in all steps is a must for infrastructure projects, and increases the likelihood of broader uptake of developed services. EUDAT regularly expands its horizons and renews and adds to the list of communities it works with. EUDAT invests in finding new communities and discusses their ideas and needs for research data management and supports them to solve their problems.

One of the EUDAT data pilots involve the EISCAT community. The purpose of this data pilot is to use EUDAT services to establish a unified archival and data search system for the existing EISCAT incoherent scatter radars. The outcome will be used to explore whether and how EUDAT services can be customised for data archival and discovery for the future EISCAT_3D radar system.

The EUDAT EISCAT data pilot started in March 2016 and will continue until August 2017.

EUDAT receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 654065.

COOP+: Cooperation of research infrastructures to address global challenges in the environmental field

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International collaboration is a key factor to achieve relevant results in most research areas in our days. The COOP+ project is motivated by the interest of several Research Infrastructures (RIs) in Europe to benefit from extending international collaboration with other RIs in their areas of expertise at global, worldwide level, to be able to jointly address in new projects cross-disciplinary global challenges. COOP+ will focus in three research areas that have shown the potential of the collaboration at worldwide level to address Global challenges, and where corresponding RIs have emerged in the last years under the ESFRI umbrella: Arctic Research, Marine Science and Biodiversity.

COOP+ has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Programme under grant agreement no 654131.

The COOP+ project started in March 2016 and will continue until August 2018.

The COOP+ project is coordinated by LifeWatch ERIC / University of Granada.

EISCAT's main role in the project is to organise an international summer course on technical solutions used in the incoherent scatter radar community. The course will be aimed at providing participants with hands-on experience in designing, running and understanding the results of incoherent scatter radar experiments, and making sure that this experience will be useful to be applied at any one of the incoherent scatter radars worldwide. It will demonstrate for non-expert participants how to request, design and analyze incoherent scatter radar experiments, and combine the obtained data with complementary data sets such as those from optical measurements.

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