The 3rd EISCAT_3D User Meeting: Uppsala, 18-20 May 2011

May 20, 2011
The 3rd user meeting for the EISCAT_3D project took place in Uppsala, Sweden, on 18-20 May, 2011. It focused on planning for the science of the EISCAT_3D project, emphasising atmospheric physics in particular.

The programme contained the following presentations

EISCAT_3D and Atmospheric Science

  • The EISCAT_3D Science case: Atmospheric section (Ian McCrea)
  • “Hot” science questions in the MLT – Potential for observations with EISCAT_3D (Norbert Engler)
  • Studies of gravity waves and turbulence in the atmosphere (Viktoria Sofieva)
  • EISCAT 3D and collaborative studies of the middle atmosphere – gravity waves, tides and planetary waves (Nick Mitchell)
  • New EISCAT_3D opportunities for atmospheric research from the middle down to the lower altitudes (Evgenia Belova and Sheila Kirkwood)
  • Monitoring space weather impacts on D-region electron densities with EISCAT_3D (Mark Clilverd)
  • Ice, smoke and charges in the polar summer mesosphere (Jörg Gumbel)
  • The MU radar head echo observation programme for sporadic and shower meteors: 2009 June to 2010 December, and what to expect from EISCAT_3D (Johan Kero)
  • On high-latitude D-region ionosphere as seen by the EISCAT Svalbard radar during the continuous 1-year IPY experiment (Esa Turunen)
  • HIWind Kiruna flight in June 2011 (Qian Wu)

General EISCAT_3D Science

  • The EISCAT_3D Science case: Current status (Ian McCrea)
  • EISCAT_3D Science case (Anita Aikio)
  • The smallest and fastest aurora – estimating its energy and flux (Betty Lanchester)
  • The next orders of magnitude – What’s next in auroral research, with some geographical implications (Björn Gustavsson)
  • EISCAT observations of field-aligned ion flow in the topside ionosphere (Yasonobu Ogawa)
  • Mesoscale ionospheric tomography in Scandinava (TomoScand) and EISCAT 3D – added value for both projects (Olaf Amm)
  • EISCAT-3D Science topics (Kjellmar Oksavik)
  • Solar wind measurements using EISCAT 3D (Richard Fallows)
  • On designing the EISCAT_3D system (Markku Lehtinen)
  • Dual polarisation lag profile inversion (Juha Vierinen)
  • KAIRA – Kilpisjärvi Atmospheric Imaging Receiver Array (Derek McKay-Bukowski)
  • KAIRA Science (Thomas Ulich)
  • Radar probing of azimuthal perturbations – Experimental demonstration of the spiral (OAM) imaging technique at radio frequencies (Bo Thidé)
  • Plasma angular momentum effects and twisted radar beams (Thomas Leyser)
  • The Esrange 50 MHz HPLA radar – an application to the Swedish Research Council Stephan Buchert
  • Reaching out to a global user community (Thomas Ulich)

Current Status and Future Plans of the Preparatory Phase

  • EISCAT Roadmap (Esa Turunen)
  • WP1, WP2 and WP5: Management, site selection and consortium building (Esa Turunen)
  • WP3: Science planning and user engagement (Anita Aikio)
  • WP4: Outreach activities (Anders Tjulin)
  • WP6: Performance specification (Ian McCrea)
  • WP7: Digital signal processing (Markku Lehtinen)
  • WP8: Antenna, front end and time synchronisation (Tore Lindgren)
  • WP9: Transmitter development (Gudmund Wannberg)
  • WP10: Aperture synthesis imaging radar (Vasyl Belyey)
  • WP11: Software theory and implementation (Mikko Orispää)
  • EISCAT_3D in the next 12 months (Ian McCrea)

For more information, please check the meeting web-site at:

Documents related can be found here.