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.

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