NeIC EISCAT_3D Support

The NeIC EISCAT_3D Support (E3DS) project helps the EISCAT_3D community in gathering computing and storage requirements, designing a distributed e-infrastructure integrated into the existing HPC, network and data ecosystem in the (mainly) Nordic countries, and identifies IT expertise needed in the implementation os such an e-infrastructure.

The Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration (NeIC) is an organisation that facilitates the development and operation of high-quality e-Infrastructure solutions in areas of joint Nordic interest. The NeIC is a distributed organisation consisting of technical experts from academic high-performance computing centres across the Nordic countries.

This project runs from 15 January 2015 to 14 January 2018.

Two project proposals in preparation for EISCAT_3D

EISCAT3D_PfP in the time-line of the EISCAT_3D project

EISCAT has proposed two projects to prepare for the implementation of EISCAT_3D:
  • EISCAT has submitted a project proposal, “EISCAT_3D: Preparation for Production” (EISCAT3D_PfP) in response to the European Commissions call INFRADEV-3-2015: Individual implementation and operation of ESFRI projects.

    EISCAT3D_PfP is planned to facilitate a smooth and swift transition of the EISCAT_3D project from the FP7 Preparatory Phase to its implementation by carrying out research, development and engineering work jointly with industry in order to quickly reach a mass producible instrument configuration for EISCAT_3D. EISCAT3D_PfP will clear the way for low-risk funding by the research councils of the EISCAT associate countries and will furthermore greatly shorten the time required to see EISCAT_3D come to fruition. The EISCAT Associates fully support the proposed project as an important step toward implementing EISCAT_3D. The project is planned for 2 years, funding decision expected mid 2015.

  • The NeIC project “EISCAT_3D Support” provides advanced user support to assist in the preparation of the implementation of EISCAT_3D for the aspects concerning e-infrastructure. It serves the following specific goals: to contribute to preparing for the implementation of EISCAT_3D by bringing together the EISCAT radar expertise with the existing IT expertise in the Nordic national e-infrastructures, to provide expert knowledge to support EISCAT_3D e-science planning and computer hardware procurement and to introduce a moderator role in the discussion of the different stakeholders in the Nordic countries. The Project starts in January 2015 and is planned for a 3 year time.

Periodic report 3 (October 2013 - September 2014)

The third Periodic Report covers the months 37 to 48 of the 4-year Preparatory Phase project for the EISCAT_3D facility (Europe's next-generation radar for the study of the high-latitude atmosphere and geospace). It addresses the project coordination and management, as well as the technical and financial aspects of the project. It has been submitted to the European Commission for evaluation.

Application for EISCAT_3D funding in Norway submitted

The Norwegian EISCAT community has submitted an applications for funding from the Research Council of Norway (Forskningsrådet). The application is for funding towards construction of EISCAT_3D.

Submitting the EISCAT_3D application
The picture above shows a screen capture the moment after Cesar La Hoz at UiT (the project manager and coordinator of the application preparations) made the submission.

This application has broad support in Norway:

University of Tromsø (UiT)
The Department of Physics and Technology has agreed to serve as host institution for EISCAT_3D, with full support from all major Norwegian universities. UiT has made a significant commitment to realise EISCAT_3D in terms of in-kind contributions.
University of Bergen (UiB)
The Birkeland Centre for Space Science at the Department of Physics and Technology believe there are strong synergies with their Centre of Excellence and will commit efforts towards EISCAT_3D.
The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS)
The Arctic Geophysics Department operates major research infrastructure in Svalbard (KHO, SPEAR, SuperDARN) and offers several advanced EISCAT courses. EISCAT_3D therefore provides opportunities for new synergies.
University of Oslo (UiO)
The Department of Physics is focusing on cube-satellites, sounding rockets, optics and incoherent radar studies. EISCAT_3D is therefore very relevant for their research activities.
Andøya Space Center (ASC)
Andøya Space Center has expressed strong interest in EISCAT_3D, in particular as a support instrument during the launch of sounding rockets, and has agreed to host an EISCAT_3D receiving site.
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
The Department of Physics anticipates future involvement in EISCAT_3D in relation to research described in the application.
PDF icon EISCAT_3D application, Norway 20142.43 MB

17th EISCAT International Symposium

The 17th EISCAT Symposium and 42nd Atmospheric Studies by Optical Methods (42AM) symposia will be hosted by the South African National Space Agency on 14-18 September 2015 in Hermanus, South Africa. The meetings are planned to run in parallel, with some common sessions and shared activities.

Further information will appear at
in due course.

The EISCAT_3D Preparatory Phase ends

The EU-funded EISCAT_3D Preparatory Phase project comes to a close today after four years of hard work by the entire team. EISCAT_3D is now poised to proceed to an Implementation Phase, pending funding commitments from the interested national research councils.

EISCAT would like to thank everybody that have been involved in this project for making it as successful as it has been.

Deliverable 14.2: Technical input to the request for quotations for all mass-producible components ready

A document was prepared to give background technical information about the EISCAT_3D system in the initial discussions with potential in-kind contributors. This document is also a starting point for as technical input for future requests for quotations.

The document is Deliverable 14.2 in the EISCAT_3D Preparatory Phase.

Deliverable 14.3: Final Report on WP14

Work Package 14 was designed to deal with issues involving the integration of the various EISCAT_3D subsystems into an overall working instrument as well as ensuring that those subsystems are both reliably producible in large quantities and robust in terms of the environment into which they are to be placed. In many cases, the boundaries between subsystems were defined under WP14 and, to some extent, the interfaces specified. This work package was, furthermore, specifically scheduled to start near the middle of the preparatory phase project, after many of the key decisions had been finalized for the component parts of the system.

Progress on this work package was significantly impacted by the preparatory phase project restructuring that occurred in late 2012. This restructuring was partly responsible for delays in many of the other work package conclusions. Additionally, the initially intended funding model for EISCAT_3D required modification to address several conditions imposed by the EISCAT member countries that are intending to make major investments in the realization of the system. Nevertheless, WP14 was able to make significant progress in several key areas.

This deliverable is the final report on the activities in WP14.

Deliverable 6.7: Handbook of measurement principles

The purpose of the "Handbook of measurement principles" is to define the guidelines for the EISCAT_3D radar development project. Incoherent scatter radar experiment design and data analysis is in the process of being transformed from a collection of engineering recipes to an exact mathematical problem in experiment comparison and statistical inversion theories. Also, the development of the solid-state UHF power transmitter technology has lead to a replacement of high-power transmitters and large disc antennas by arrays of several thousands or tens of thousands of simple, relatively low-power transmitters and receivers with phase control for beam-forming in both directions.

The goal with this handbook is to show how the new mathematical principles of radar experiment design and data analysis can be used to design a modern radar representing the true state-of-the-art in both theoretical developments in radar experiment design and modern electronics. The phased-array principle is also included as a new chapter in rigorous radar experiment design, so that the large antenna arrays can be optimised to provide the best possible performance with the least possible cost.

This version of the handbook can be considered the final version.