Thursday, 10 March 2011

UPDATE: International Incoherent Scatter Radar Workshop

Unfortunately there has been an important and urgent change of the situation. The anticipated block reservation of flights from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq and back with Air Greenland has not been possible.

However, now we finally have an offer from the airline, but we have to react quickly in order to take advantage of this offer. Therefore, we have to announce that the

Deadline for flight reservation is 17th March 2011, i.e. in one week!

If you plan to come to the training workshop, please check our web pages at for more details on this, and register as soon as possible.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

International Incoherent Scatter Radar Workshop

The International Incoherent Scatter Radar Workshop will be held in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, 18-23 July 2011.

The workshop, aimed at providing participants with hands-on experience in designing and running incoherent scatter radar (ISR) experiments, will be held near the Sondrestrom Research Facility in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, 18-23 July 2011. This workshop is a collaboration between the annual AMISR summer school (the fourth of its kind) and the EISCAT radar school. This workshop aims at teaching the participants how to request, design and analyze ISR experiments. All participants will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with experienced scientists. The workshop is structured to provide lectures in the morning and hands-on experience in experiment design and analysis in the afternoons. The morning presentations will include an introduction to the theory of incoherent scatter, radar operations, ISR analysis techniques, and the Madrigal database. The afternoon exercises will involve working closely with school staff in the topic areas of proposal design, experiment execution, and data analysis. Participants will have the opportunity to work with data from globally distributed ISRs.

This workshop is suitable for graduate and advanced undergraduate students, as well as scientists new to the incoherent scatter radar technique. The workshop is jointly sponsored by the EISCAT Scientific Association and the US National Science Foundation through its Upper Atmospheric Facility Program within the Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS) division of the Geosciences Directorate. The European organisers wish to thank the European Geosciences Union for their financial support.

Registration is now open at

Deadline for application is 31st March 2011.


Monday, 7 March 2011

Annual Meeting on Atmospheric Studies by Optical Methods

The 38th annual European Meeting on Atmospheric Studies by Optical Methods will be organised jointly by the Arctic Research group of the Finnish Meteorological Institute, the University of Oulu Space Research Group and Sodankyl√§ Geophysical Observatory, at Siuntio Wellness and Conference Resort, Finland, 22-26 August 2011.

Optical methods have been used for studies of the atmosphere for centuries. A wealth of information about the whole atmosphere, from the troposphere to the thermosphere, can be obtained by active or passive optical measurements. Recent technological developments have also opened up a panorama of new possibilities for high-resolution measurements and measurements coordinated with other types of instruments.

The Annual European Meetings on Atmospheric Studies by Optical Methods bring together scientists from Europe as well as from other parts of the world to exchange experience, share scientific results, and plan and coordinate future experiments.

Intercalibration workshop

Intercalibration of light standards will also again take place during this meeting. Thus participants can bring their own light sources to calibrate.

Deadline: 31st May 2011 (Registration and abstract submission; deadline extended on 5th May 2011).

Welcome to the EISCAT_3D blog!

EISCAT_3D is a project funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Programme. It is a so-called Preparatory Phase programme for solving a number of questions in preparation for the contruction of a new, large-scale, European research infrastructure for the next 20-30 years within the ESFRI Environmental Roadmap.

Stay tuned for more information soon.