Friday, 21 December 2012

Season's Greetings

It seems that we all narrowly escaped the End of the World today, on 21st December 2012, or maybe it is too early to judge. There seem to be many reasons for this, from a normal calendar change to a wrong synchronisation of our modern calendar to that of the Mayas. For an overview, please refer to NASA's Q&A on the matter.

As a consequence, it is worthwhile to continue and increase all of our combined efforts towards the funding and eventual building of EISCAT_3D, so that we can make the best of this facility in good time, should some kind of end of the world arrive one day.

In this spirit, we wish all of you peaceful and relaxing holidays and a very happy new year 2013, which certainly will see quite a few exciting news and decisions regarding our common endeavour to build the world's leading (not ending!) incoherent scatter radar facility.

See you all next year!

Photo of the EISCAT Tromsø site is courtesy Daniel Martini, taken a few weeks ago during a measurement campaign.

Thursday, 20 December 2012

EISCAT_3D included in UK Research Council Plans

The UK Research Councils (RCUK) has published a new strategic framework document for investment in research infrastructure, called “Investing for Growth: Capital Infrastructure for the 21st Century”, and EISCAT_3D is included as one of the proposed projects. The new document is intended to provide a context for Research Councils to make strategic capital investment decisions in order to retain and develop UK national capability, and continue to lead in global science and research, and was launched by the UK Chancellor, George Osborne, last month at the Royal Society.

Being part of this document is obviously a step forward in securing a future UK investment in EISCAT_3D, and we would particularly like to thank the UK EISCAT Council member, Michael Schultz, for securing the inclusion of our project.

The references to EISCAT are on page 23 of the framework document, which can be found at here.

Text: Ian McCrea.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Science Tuesday: Recent Papers

Tuesday is the science day on the EISCAT_3D blog. For the science feature, you can submit your research to the blog with an image, photo, or graph, and a short text explaining the study and the key result. We will then publish your work here. For the time being, please send any input to the blog's editor Thomas Ulich (thu -at- sgo -dot- fi). Thanks!
  • Association of cusp energetic ions with geomagnetic storms and substorms, by J. T. Niehof, S. K. Morley, and R. H. W. Friedel, ANGEO, 2012, Vol.30, pp. 1633-1643, SRef-ID: 1432-0576/angeo/2012-30-1633, http://direct.sref.org/1432-0576/angeo/2012-30-1633.
  • Effect of solar cycle on topside ion temperature measured by SROSS C2 and ROCSAT 1 over the Indian equatorial and low latitudes, by A. Borgohain and P. K. Bhuyan, ANGEO, 2012, Vol.30, pp. 1645-1654, SRef-ID: 1432-0576/angeo/2012-30-1645, http://direct.sref.org/1432-0576/angeo/2012-30-1645.
  • Intraseasonal oscillation (ISO) in the MLT zonal wind over Kolhapur (16.8° N) and Tirunelveli (8.7° N), by M. V. Rokade, R. Kondala Rao, S. S. Nikte, R. N. Ghodpage, P. T. Patil, A. K. Sharma, and S. Gurubaran, ANGEO, 2012, Vol.30, pp. 1623-1631, SRef-ID: 1432-0576/angeo/2012-30-1623, http://direct.sref.org/1432-0576/angeo/2012-30-1623.
Source: COSIS.net Alert Service Subscriptions.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Science Tuesday: Recent Papers

Tuesday is the science day on the EISCAT_3D blog. For the science feature, you can submit your research to the blog with an image, photo, or graph, and a short text explaining the study and the key result. We will then publish your work here. For the time being, please send any input to the blog's editor Thomas Ulich (thu -at- sgo -dot- fi). Thanks!
  • On ion gyro-harmonic structuring in the stimulated electromagnetic emission spectrum during second electron gyro-harmonic heating, by A. Samimi, W. A. Scales, P. A. Bernhardt, S. J. Briczinski, C. A. Selcher, and M. J. McCarrick, ANGEO, 2012, Vol.30, pp. 1587-1594, SRef-ID: 1432-0576/angeo/2012-30-1587, http://direct.sref.org/1432-0576/angeo/2012-30-1587.
  • Observations of NO in the upper mesosphere and lower thermosphere during ECOMA 2010, by J. Hedin, M. Rapp, M. Khaplanov, J. Stegman, and G. Witt, ANGEO, 2012, Vol.30, pp. 1611-1621, SRef-ID: 1432-0576/angeo/2012-30-1611, http://direct.sref.org/1432-0576/angeo/2012-30-1611.
Source: COSIS.net Alert Service Subscriptions.