Friday, 2 March 2012

Radar School: Incoherent Scatter Radar School in Banff, Canada

Our American colleagues will organise the next Incoherent Scatter Radar Student Workshop at Banff Centre, Banff, Canada, from 29th July to 5th August 2012.

A workshop aimed at providing students with hands-on experience in designing and running experiments at incoherent scatter radar facilities will be held at the Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta, Canada. The workshop is being held in Canada for the first time in celebration of the brand new southward-looking Canadian Resolute Incoherent Scatter Radar (RISR-C). During this workshop, students will have the opportunity to run experiments and use data from multiple incoherent scatter radar observatories, such as Poker Flat (PFISR), Millstone Hill, Resolute Bay (RISR), Sondrestrom, Jicamarca and Arecibo. This is the fifth student workshop organised with the aim of teaching the new generation of scientists how to request and analyze incoherent scatter radar (ISR) experiments. All students will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with experienced scientists. The workshop will be structured to provide presentations in the morning, and hands-on experience in experiment design and analysis in the afternoons. The morning lectures will include an introduction to the theory of incoherent scatter, radar operations, ISR analysis techniques, and the Madrigal data base. The afternoon exercises will involve working closely with ISR facility staff in the topic areas of: proposal design, experiment execution, and data analysis.

This workshop is suitable for graduate and advanced undergraduate students. It is sponsored by the US National Science Foundation (NSF) through its Geospace Facilities Program within the Geosciences Directorate and hosted in partnership with the Canadian RISR-C team.

Attendance is limited to 30 students. For most students within the U.S. and Canada, travel, housing and meals will be provided. For post-docs and students outside of the U.S. and Canada, funding will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Providing there is space, professors and other professionals are welcome to observe. Please contact Anthea Coster (ajc -at- haystack.mit.edu) if you are interested in this option.

The deadline for application submission is 15 March 2012. Please see the ISR Student Workshop's Website for more information.

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