Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Requests for World Day Observations with Incoherent Scatter Radars

The global network of incoherent scatter radars (ISR) provides observations of fundamental properties of the atmosphere, ionosphere, and magnetosphere. Use of these radars is open to all qualified scientists, and the data are freely disseminated to a broad community of users for research and in the development and validation of models and instrumentation.

Radar observing time is allocated (1) to individuals or groups through either formal or informal requests to the institutions responsible for operating the facilities, and (2) for World Day observations co-ordinated through a plan developed annually by the URSI Incoherent Scatter Working Group (ISWG).

The ISWG will have its usual planning meeting at the CEDAR Workshop to co-ordinate the World Day experiments involving the world's upper atmospheric observatories. The planning meeting is for ISWG and UAF staff to review all the proposals submitted and determine how the global network of ISRs can best satisfy the approved observational requests. The proposer's presence during this discussion is not required, but all are welcome, especially students.

Written proposals are requested for meeting specific research needs using the World Day observations. Please refer to the procedures for scheduling World Day observations,which include other links referenced therein which include a sample proposal (.doc).

The CEDAR Workshop will take place from 26th June to 1st July, 2011 at Santa Fe Convention Center and Eldorado Hotel in New Mexico, USA.

These proposals should be submitted by 5th June 2011.

Please feel free to consult with any facility staff member or the ISWG Chair Ingemar Häggström (ingemar [at] eiscat [dot] se) for clarification on the process for requesting ISR observing time within the World Day program.

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