EISCAT_3D Science Working Group met at the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologica (INGV) in Rome on 12th and 13th January 2012. This was the first meeting of the group with the new membership for the second year of the study, focusing mainly on space weather. The members of the group for this year are: Anita Aikio (University of Oulu, Finland, co-chair); Ian McCrea (STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab, UK, co-chair); Lucilla Alfonsi (INGV, Italy); Herve Lamy (BIRA/BISA, Belgium); Frederic Pitout (Univ. Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France); Iwona Stanislawska, (Space Research Centre, Warsaw, Poland) and Juha Vierinen (Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory, Finland).
During the first day of the meeting, each member of the group gave a presentation about their work and their ideas for the science areas to be addressed by EISCAT_3D. After each talk, there was discussion of the issues raised, and their possible implications for the design and science goals of the new radar. In addition, some new studies which would be possible with the present EISCAT system were identified. On the second day, the meeting split into two groups. One group discussed how to revise the space weather section of the Science Case. The second group discussed changes that should be made to other sections of the document. The results of this meeting will be new sections of the Science Case, which will be presented at the EISCAT_3D User Meeting 2012, to be held in Uppsala from 22nd to 25th May 2012.
Text: Ian McCrea, U.K.