Summary of information related to WP2

This work package contains all the support activities needed to clarify the site selection and infrastructure issues needed for the construction and operation of EISCAT_3D. The outputs of this work package will be a complete costing of the work required to develop the selected sites, such that construction can begin immediately at the start of the implementation phase. This task will be coordinated by EISCAT, and any new site surveys that are needed will be carried out by EISCAT staff.

The required activities are as follows:

Finalising the site selection, and identifying all the relevant stakeholders and administrative issues which have to be addressed in order to allow construction to start at the selected sites.
Identifying the necessary steps to provide access to relevant infrastructure (power, utilities, networking, transport) at the selected sites.
Quantifying the full costs of each site development.
The EU-funded activities outlined above will be supplemented by nationally-funded work in support of the EISCAT_3D project. WP2 will coordinate all the efforts in site selection, working these nationally-funded activities, resolving any issues which they cannot address and integrating their results with the other Preparatory Phase activities. The involvement of the University of Tromsø in this work package reflects the need to ensure that the EU-funded and nationally-funded activities are closely coordinated. In addition, this package needs to maintain close coordination with WP3 (science planning and user engagement), WP5 (consortium building), WP8 (antenna, front end and time synchronisation), WP9 (transmitter), WP10 (Aperture Synthesis Imaging Radar) and WP13 (Data handling and distribution) all of which have the potential to affect the choice of sites and the configuration of the deployed hardware.

Note that access to Deliverable 2.2 (Report listing the preferred sites) and Deliverable 2.3 (Interim report covering land rights) is only available to participants of the EISCAT_3D Preparatory Phase project.

Deliverables

Deliverable 2.1: Signed agreements on frequency allocations

June 12, 2012
In the original plan, the ongoing discussions on frequency allocations in Norway, Sweden and Finland was to be concluded at an early stage in the project. It has turned out that a change in the strategy for obtaining frequency allocations is needed compared to what was originally thought. Because the negotiations involve simultaneous discussions with agencies from three countries, they need to be performed on a level which lies beyond the scope of the EISCAT_3D Preparatory Phase and will thus take place outside the project

This means that Deliverable 2.1 will not be produced inside the EISCAT_3D Preparatory Phase project, since the negotiations will take place elsewhere.

Deliverable 2.4: Final report covering all of the issues addressed by Deliverable 2.3

December 6, 2013
Work Package 2 of the EISCAT_3D Preparatory Phase project contains support activities needed in order to clarify the site selection and to identify infrastructural issues that need to be resolved before the implementation of the EISCAT_3D system.

Deliverable 2.4 is the final report on these activities.

Milestones

Milestone 2.1: Discussions on frequency allocations concluded and permissions obtained

June 12, 2012
In the original plan, the ongoing discussions on frequency allocations in Norway, Sweden and Finland was to be concluded at an early stage in the project. It has turned out that a change in the strategy for obtaining frequency allocations is needed compared to what was originally thought. Because the negotiations involve simultaneous discussions with agencies from three countries, they need to be performed on a level which lies beyond the scope of the EISCAT_3D Preparatory Phase and will thus take place outside the project

This means that Milestone 2.1 will not be reached inside the EISCAT_3D Preparatory Phase project, since the negotiations will take place elsewhere.

Milestone 2.2: New site surveys completed and selected sites identified

June 12, 2012
During the FP6 Design Study, surveys were conducted at several candidate sites to establish the availability of sufficient level, dry ground, away from contaminating signals, with suitable access to local services. In the Preparatory Phase more sites have to be surveyed depending on the conclusions from site configuration evaluations, and some of the earlier candidate sites may need to be re-visited for more thorough studies.

The objective of the site survey is to find potential construction sites for the EISCAT_3D radar system following the Performance Specification made in Work Package 6:

A central transmitting/receiving core, located in Norway, within roughly 100 km of a point at at 69 degrees North and 20.5 degrees East.
Two receiving facilities, located at ground distances of 90-120 km roughly south and west of the transmitting facility, respectively.
Two receiving facilities, located at ground distances of 220-280 km roughly south and east of the transmitting facility, respectively.
The locations that have been surveyed during the Preparatory Phase Project are,

Ramfjordmoen, Norway
Skibotn, Norway
Kautokeino, Norway
Karasjokk, Norway
Bergfors, Sweden
Järämä, Sweden
Karesuando, Sweden

Information about the site selection process can be found in Deliverable 2.2 (Report listing the preferred sites) (note: restricted access), and more details about the site survey in the Site survey report.

The completion of the site surveys is Milestone 2.2. This Milestone was reached in August 2013.

Milestone 2.3: Conclusion of discussions with all stakeholders in selected sites

December 6, 2013
One of the activities in Work Package 2 concerned identifying the
stakeholders (landowners, local communities, local and regional governing bodies) relevant to each potential EISCAT_3D site. After their identification, negotiations should commence with these stakeholders in order to be able to purchase and use the land. These negotiations depends to some degree on having a firm decision from funding of the EISCAT_3D system. These negotiations have reached as far as they can without this decision.

This point in the negotiations corresponds to Milestone 2.3 in the EISCAT_3D Preparatory Phase project, which was reached in June 2014.

Attachements

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