This workshop is a collaboration between the annual AMISR summer school (the fourth of its kind) and the EISCAT radar school. This workshop aims at teaching the participants how to request, design and analyze ISR experiments. All participants will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with experienced scientists. The workshop is structured to provide lectures in the morning and hands-on experience in experiment design and analysis in the afternoons. The morning presentations will include an introduction to the theory of incoherent scatter, radar operations, ISR analysis techniques, and the Madrigal database. The afternoon exercises will involve working closely with school staff in the topic areas of proposal design, experiment execution, and data analysis. Participants will have the opportunity to work with data from globally distributed ISRs.

  • Day 1 (Sunday 17)
Travel from NY Air Guard base in Schenectady to Kangerlussuag, Greenland in a C130 with all the 40ish US participants (European participants are flying with Air Greenland from Copenhagen). The flight is 6 hours long in one of the loudest plane ever made! Arrival in Greenland at 5pm local time (EST+2), where a bus drives us to the terminal/hotel/restaurent/bar (...). After diner, a short hike in the beautiful neighboring mountains, under the eternal summer sun, is the perfect end to an exhausting but amazing day!

C130 to Greenland

  • Day 2
First day of lectures: basic principles of Incoherent Scatter Radars, introduction of the NSF (Robert Robinson and Michael Morgan) and EISCAT (Esa Turunen) programs, and introduction to Madrigal (with some group practice). We ended the day with an ice-breaker at the radar site (a.k.a Kellyville) (after the bumpiest ride ever, in the back of a school bus - who needs roller-coasters!?). Tonight, the radar is running a special "tourist" mode, for show (the antenna just swings around effortlessly)!

Sondrestrom ISR

  • Day 3
Second day of Lectures, just for the morning: more information on incoherent scatter radar modes and signal inversion to give us enough background to design our own experiment in the afternoon. Our group decided to work on trying to detect the edges of the auroral oval using Sondrestrom, EISCAT and PFISR. Our time slot is from 2:00am to 3:30am on wednesday.

  • Day 4
We ran the radar during the night: things were very quiet and nothing much happened in either of the radars' fovs. We did get to see the sun "rise" for over an hour, as well as a monochromatic rainbow over the Sondrestrom antenna. In the morning, we all left for the edges of the ice cap where people scattered for an hour or so! It was beautiful, and none of my pictures really captures how amazing it was. The afternoon was occupied with group work on the night's data.

Rainbow over Sondrestrom

Ice cap

  • Day 5
Some more lectures on the data processing and inversion, and more work on groups project.

  • Day 6
Final day for the projects to be finished, after some more lectures on phased arrays ISR and the future EISCAT 3D.

  • Day 7
Project presentation day: a lot of good intentions and hopes turned into some very interesting and entertaining presentations! We are now done with the radar school, and will enjoy this rainy afternoon and tomorrow to explore the area a little more. The return flight with the National Guard is planned for Monday morning at 8:00am, and hopefully I should be back in Blacksburg sometimes Monday night. This was a very instructive workshop which I strongly recommend to every one who is or will be involved in ground based atmospheric and space sciences.