38th Annual European Meeting on Atmospheric Studies by Optical Methods, 22-26 August 2011, Siuntio, Finland

EISCAT_3D, New generation Incoherent Scatter Radar to Northern Fennoscandia

A. Aikio1, Th.Ulich2, M. Lehtinen2,E. Turunen3

1Dept of Physics, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland,
2Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory, Sodankylä, Finland,
3EISCAT Scientific Association, Kiruna, Sweden


In this presentation, we describe the present status of the EISCAT_3D incoherent scatter radar, which is planned to replace the existing EISCAT radars in Tromsø (Norway), Kiruna (Sweden) and Sodankylä (Finland). EISCAT_3D will be a key facility for many research areas including atmospheric science, auroral and space physics as well as space weather applications. EISCAT_3D has been accepted on the ESFRI Roadmap for Large-Scale European Research Infrastructures for the next 20-30 years. The design work of the new phased array radar is going on under the EU-funded FP7 Preparatory Phase project. In addition, national funding is used to build a phased array receiver called KAIRA at Kilpisjärvi. The installation work will start in summer 2011.