Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Qingdao: A Very Civilised EISCAT Workshop

As we reported yesterday, EISCAT and other Incoherent Scatter Radar scientists from all over the world have come together this week in Qingdao, China, for the 15th International EISCAT Workshop. The scientific sessions so far include a session on the History of EISCAT, a session on middle-atmosphere work in which we learnt a lot about Polar Mesospheric Summer and Winter Echos (PMSE/PMWE) including their behaviour during active experiments, i.e. during heating experiments. Another session was dedicated to a view of a global ISR network, which really showed that the various groups ISR scientists are collaborating more and more and that this field has become a truly international field. Furthermore a session on space debris and meteors was held.

This is a very well organised and civilised meeting, with friendly and comprehensive catering all around. One particularly nice feature is the constant availability of green tea at everyone's place in the lecture hall. The refreshing hot drink is readily waiting at the beginning of the session, and refilled during the sessions.

Photo: Thomas Ulich.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

EISCAT Workshop 2011 in Qingdao

The 15th International EISCAT Workshop is currently underway in Qingdao, China. The workshop will take place from 5th to 9th September 2011, and immediately afterwards, on 10th and 11th September, the EISCAT Science Oversight Committee will meet at the same venue.

The meeting is taking place at the Hotel Huiquan Dynasty, which is located right by the shore. The photo shows the view from the hotel, which is a wonderful venue for this meeting.

The first day of presentations began with a session on the history of EISCAT, which celebrates 30 years since the first measurements were made by the EISCAT UHF radar system. The session began with Asgeir Brekke telling about the very beginning, how EISCAT came into existence and what kind of obstacles our colleagues were facing then. He also summarised how Japan and China got involved with EISCAT and eventually became EISCAT members. Thereafter John Kelly introduced the history of incoherent scatter radars before and apart from EISCAT.

Our host, Wu Jian introducted the activities of China related to upper atmosphere research. Some exciting radar development is currently under way in Qujing and Kunming. Satonori Nozawa told us about EISCAT from the Japanese perspective, and finally Jürgen Röttger, former director of EISCAT, filled in the history and development of the EISCAT Svalbard Radar, which was inaugurated 15 years ago.

We are looking forward to an interesting workshop and we will keep you updated on the proceedings here in Qingdao.

Photo: Thomas Ulich.

Monday, 5 September 2011

International Symposium on Equatorial Aeronomy

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Jicamarca Radio Observatory, the 13th International Symposium on Equatorial Aeronomy (ISEA 13) will take place from 12th to 17th March, 2012 in Paracas, Perú.

ISEA is held approximately every three to four years and is a major event in the field of Aeronomy. It serves as a forum for scientists to report and discuss recent research results and progress relating to the physics of the mesosphere, thermosphere and ionosphere at equatorial, low- and mid-latitudes.

The ISEA 13 program includes eight scientific sessions with oral and poster portions, distributed over four and a half conference days. In addition, after the last day of ISEA, i.e., on Saturday, 17th March, 2012, there will be a full-day optional visit to the Jicamarca Radio Observatory to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

The ISEA13 scientific sessions are:
  1. Irregularity Physics
  2. E and F region coupling (low and mid latitude coupling)
  3. Wave propagation between low/middle atmosphere and ionosphere
  4. Plasma neutral coupling
  5. Low and mid latitude Aeronomy and Electrodynamics
  6. Ionospheric storms and Space weather effects at low and mid latitudes
  7. New techniques, experiments, campaigns, and results
  8. Future trends and challenges

The deadline for abstract submission is 30th November, 2011 and for financial support the deadline is 15th December, 2011.

Image and logo: Jicamarca Radio Observatory.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Executive Board Meeting at Sodankylä

The EISCAT_3D Executive Board held its third physical meeting at the Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory (SGO) on Wednesday and Thursday of this week (31.8.-1.9.2011). The EB reviewed the current situation of the entire project, particularly concentrating on those work packages in which milestones and deliverables have been delayed, or where the spending profile is off track. This is an important period for the project, with meetings of the General Assembly and the Technical Advisory Committee coming up, and the first of our annual “All Hands” meetings due to be held in Kiruna 11th to 13th October 2011. Many of our discussions focused on how to prepare the ground for these forthcoming meetings, and how to bolster the effort on the engineering side of the project in the EISCAT Headquarters at Kiruna.

The picture shows the Executive Board members and invited experts in the Sodankylä meeting. From left: Henrik Andersson, Anders Tjulin and Esa Turunen (all EISCAT HQ), Markku Lehtinen and Thomas Ulich (SGO), Ian McCrea (RAL), Ingrid Mann (EISCAT HQ), and Jonny Johansson (Luleå Technical University).

Besides quarterly physical meetings, the Executive Board discusses the EISCAT_3D Preparatory Phase project in a telephone conference every Friday at 13:00 CET. The next physical meeting will take place 9th-10th November 2011 at Luleå Technical University.

Text: Ian McCrea. Photo: Esa Turunen.