The Kick Off meeting for the EISCAT3D_PfP project took place at Space Campus, Kiruna, from 13:00 on 22 October to 11:30 on 23 October. At the meeting the discussions were about the overall project, its connections to other EISCAT activities, and the present status of the technical design of the EISCAT_3D system.
The Research Infrastructure Committee of Academy of Finland has granted conditional funding of 12.8 M€ for the construction of EISCAT_3D. University of Oulu has received 1.8 M€, and is participating with 0.8 M€, in a project for building the fundamental infrastructure for an EISCAT_3D site in Finland.
The condition for the funding is that the EISCAT_3D project is implemented in accordance with the international plan. At the present the total financing for the first stage of EISCAT_3D is at about 75% of the required 74.4 M€.
The Research Council of Norway has decided to grant 288 MNOK for the construction and operation of a new radar system in northern Scandinavia, including a new antenna site in Skibotn, Norway. This antenna will be a part of the ESFRI-project EISCAT_3D, a large European research infrastructure for studies of the upper atmosphere above the northern hemisphere. The Norwegian activities in the EISCAT_3D project are coordinated by UiT, the Arctic University of Norway.
A workshop on incoherent scatter radar (ISR) data and the co-located EGI EISCAT_3D Competence Centre kick-off meeting took place at Space Campus, Kiruna, on 10 – 11 March 2015.