EISCAT Newsletter 6

EISCAT Newsletter 6

2016-08-26 EISCAT Newsletter For most of us the vacation time is up. Autumn is comming, the days are getting shorter and the nights are darker. Any way. ”New Capabilities of the Upgraded EISCAT High-Power HF Facility” by M. T. Rietveld, A. Senior, J. Markkanen and A. Westman  A paper has just been accepted by the journal Radio Science which gives an updated description of the EISCAT heating facility near Tromsø. The paper describes the upgrades that have been done in recent years to which many present and former EISCAT staff from all three mainland sites shave made substantial contributions. This is a short extract from the abstract of the paper. ”The high-power HF (High Frequency) facility (commonly known as Heating) near Tromsø, Norway, which is an essential part of the EISCAT (European Incoherent SCATter) Scientific Association, has been upgraded in certain key areas in recent years. It is one of only four similar facilities in the world operating at present.” ... ”The main high-power parts such as transmitters, feed-system and antennas...
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Procurements relating to the EISCAT3D_PfP (Preparation for Production) project

Procurements relating to the EISCAT3D_PfP (Preparation for Production) project

Procurements relating to the EISCAT3D_PfP (Preparation for Production) project The overall goal of the EISCAT_3D-PfP project is to facilitate a smooth and swift transition of EISCAT_3D from a preparatory phase to its implementation. The project is funded by the European Commission under H2020-INFRADEV-1-2015-1. Tenders and supporting material relating to this project are located here [dg columns="1" attachment_pg="false" paginate="true" ids="2647,2648,2649"]...
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The 18th EISCAT International Symposium (1st Announcement)

Symposium dates: 26th - 30th May, 2017 Symposium place: National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR), Tokyo Japan. Webpage for the 18th EISCAT International Symposium: http://eiscat.nipr.ac.jp/about/18th_eiscat_symposium.html The EISCAT Scientific Association is an international research organization operating three incoherent scatter radar systems and an ionospheric heating facility in northern Scandinavia and Svalbard. The EISCAT radar systems have been widely used to study coupling processes in solar-terrestrial system, in particular, auroral and ionospheric physics and fundamental plasma physics. The EISCAT is funded and operated by research organizations of China, Finland, Japan, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom (collectively, the EISCAT Associates), and also France, Russia, South Korea, and Ukraine (as affiliate members). The EISCAT Associates organize a biennial scientific symposium, usually rotating between the member countries. The 18th EISCAT symposium will be held in connection with the IMST (Ionosphere/Mesosphere/Stratosphere/Troposphere) radar workshop which is planned to be held as one of sessions in the JpGU-AGU joint meeting in Makuhari, Japan (from 21st to 25th May 2017)....
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EISCAT Newsletter 5

EISCAT Newsletter 5

New colleagues Summer is coming up and it is time for a newsletter. Staff news EISCAT have had two vacant positions that  recently have been filled. Just a few days ago our new colleagues started out here at EISCAT HQ. Mr. Harri Hellgren from Finland and Mr. Robert Juhlin form Kiruna, Sweden, will be working on the EISCAT_3D project. We welcome them and hope they will like it here.   Dr. Ingrid Mann is off to new challenges. She will start working at the university in Tromsø, Norway. We give Ingrid all our best wishes and hope that she will feel at home in her new country. She will be missed. A great thanks to Ingrid for all her efforts during her time here at EISCAT. At last, summer vacations starts in a near future. I hope you all have a nice summer and that we all get the best of weather for our activities. ...
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The 8th EISCAT_3D User Meeting

The 8th EISCAT_3D User 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 EISCAT_3D site and on the meeting website....
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Call for Proposals within the Peer Review Programme

EISCAT Peer-Review Programme: Call for Proposals The EISCAT Scientific Association invites applications for observing time on the EISCAT facilities in 2016, by individual scientists, research groups, and consortia throughout the world on equal, competitive basis. This means that anyone can apply, independent of whether or not the applicant is from an EISCAT associate country.While evaluations are merit based, in the case of two applications having similar merits in evaluation, preference will be given either to those applicants who are new to the EISCAT facilities, in order to enlarge the EISCAT user community and further more open access to the facilities, or to the applicant showing stronger educational impact in their proposal. The present call is the 11th call of the programme, the second call for 2016. In total, 200 hours of experiment time are open for international, peer-reviewed competition, and are available for the use of any of the current EISCAT facilities. Roughly half of this time will be allocated for each...
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EISCAT Peer-reviewed Program experiments

Introduction EISCAT Scientific Association invites applications for observing time on the EISCAT facilities in 2016, by individual scientists, research groups, and consortia throughout the world on equal, competitive basis. This opportunity opens in total 200 h of experiment time for international, peer-reviewed competition, and is available for the use of any of the current EISCAT facilities. Successful applicants will be awarded time on the facilities based on the scientific merit of their applications. Assistance with observing programs and data analysis will be provided. Please, if you are unfamiliar with EISCAT, contact us via the email address given below, and we will be happy to assist you, by advising you on the technical aspects of your proposal. We welcome applications both by young and established researchers. Submissions Applications for EISCAT PP time should be sent to Dr. Ingemar Häggström, by email to: Ingemar.Haggstrom@eiscat.se, to arrive no later than at 24:00 UTC on the submission deadline date. A confirmation of reception will be sent to the contact...
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EISCAT Newsletter 4

EISCAT Newsletter 4

Publishing cake Celebration for Carl-Fredrik Enell who is getting published in the journal Geoscientific Instrumentation, Methods and Data Systems (GI). Carl-Fredrik had traditional publishing cake for the HQ-staff. "Comparison between manual scaling and Autoscala automatic scaling applied to Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory sonograms" The paper presents a comparison between standard ionospheric parameters manually and automatically scaled from ionograms recorded at the high-latitude Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory (SGO, ionosonde SO166, 64.1° geomagnetic latitude), located in the vicinity of the auroral oval. The study is based on 2610 ionograms recorded during the period June-December 2013. Authors: Carl-Fredrik Enell, EISCAT Scientific Association, Kiruna, Sweden; A. Kozlovsky, T. Turunen (retired), T. Ulich, S. Välitalo, Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory, University of Oulu, Sodankylä, Finland; C. Scotto, and M. Pezzopane, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Rome, Italy.The research was a part of Carl-Fredrik's work for the ESPAS project at SGO. Follow this link for more information about the publication....
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EISCAT newsletter 3

EISCAT newsletter 3

Viking satellite 30 years Celebration for the VIKING satellite 30 years! The celebrations took place in the restaurant Atmosfären at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics in Kiruna, 22 February. Stas Barabash presented and Bengt Hultqvist talked about the Viking project. Viking The Viking satellite, launched February 22, 1986, was in many ways unique in the history of IRF, Sweden and space physics. Viking was the first Swedish research satellite and came to lay as a ground for the Swedish space program. Viking was not just an achievement for the country of Sweden but for the cooperation between countries with limited means and great will. EISCAT was involved in the Viking Project and the first working title for the VIKING was incidentally EISCAT SAT. Viking had the first coordinated ground-based program led by Risto Pellinen (FMI) and EISCAT's coordination of specially developed programs led to similar support program both Cluster, Themis and today SWARM. The magnetometer net EISCAT Magnetometer Cross led the way towards the...
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EISCAT Newsletter 2

EISCAT Newsletter 2

Royal Astronomical Society Congratulations! The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) has announced that EISCAT is receiving a Group Achievement Award in Geophysics.   Award winner The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), founded in 1820, encourages and promotes the study of astronomy, solar-system science, geophysics and closely related branches of science. The RAS organizes scientific meetings, publishes international research and review journals, recognizes outstanding achievements by the award of medals and prizes, maintains an extensive library, supports education through grants and outreach activities and represents UK astronomy nationally and internationally. Its more than 3900 members (Fellows), a third based overseas, include scientific researchers in universities, observatories and laboratories as well as historians of astronomy and others.       The announcement was publicized in January 2016 at the RAS website and it will be presented at the National Astronomy Meeting in Nottingham University, U.K. in late June. As mentioned in their publication A&G;, Vol. 57, February 2016, the award was given to the EISCAT with the motivation: "...Team which, since 1975, has made an unparalleled contribution...
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EISCAT Newsletter 1

EISCAT Newsletter 1

New Newsletter Welcome to EISCAT's new newsletter. This is an irregular voluntary newsletter that will be published whenever there is something to report. It comes in addition to the project contractual newsletters. I hope you will read it and that you will find it interesting. If you have something you would like to share: news, happenings or other interesting things, please e-mail me. In this newsletter I will start with a presentation of myself. Hi! My name is Emma and I am the new addition to the administrative department at EISCAT Headquarters. I will be working with accounting and everything from webdesign to writing this newsletter. Hopefully I will be able to support all of you in your line of work, maybe by doing illustrations, prototyping, editing photos or just keeping the webpage in order. I will also try to develop the best intranet for us, for social interaction and sharing information. I have a degree in informatics and because of the width of my...
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