CEDAR email: Opportunities for Dual Incoherent Scatter Radar Experiments at Resolute Bay

Robert Gillies rgillies at ucalgary.ca
Wed Sep 14 12:46:43 MDT 2016

Dear Geospace Community,

Both of the Resolute Bay incoherent scatter radars are now fully operational and available for use by the geospace community. We are soliciting requests for experiments utilizing either or both of the RISR Canadian face (RISR-C) and the RISR North face (RISR-N). The University of Calgary operates RISR-C and SRI International operates RISR-N on behalf of the US National Science Foundation. The intention of both groups is to coordinate operations of the radars to optimize scientific impact and capitalize on efficiencies.  Both radars will be run collaboratively with coordination, scheduling and operations shared by the University of Calgary and SRI International.

RISR-C and RISR-N are both electronically steerable phased array radars using the Advanced Modular Incoherent Scatter (AMISR) technology. The Resolute Bay Observatory (RBO) also includes a variety of other complementary instruments in addition to the AMISRs. Resolute Bay is located at 83° magnetic latitude, and the field of view of the two AMISRs extends from 75° magnetic latitude to the geomagnetic pole. The RBO affords unique opportunities to study polar cap and polar cap boundary phenomena. General information on the capabilities of the AMISRs is available at http://data.phys.ucalgary.ca/sort_by_project/RISR-C/documentation/RISR_information.pdf.

Requests for experiments and questions regarding the technical and scientific capabilities of the systems should be addressed to both rgillies at ucalgary.ca<mailto:rgillies at ucalgary.ca> and roger.varney at sri.com<mailto:roger.varney at sri.com>. All requests will be reviewed by a scheduling committee appointed by the University of Calgary, the University of Saskatchewan, and SRI International, and which will allocate radar time in the interests of both Canada and the United States. Due to the high cost of generating electricity onsite, the radars will normally run one 7-10 day continuous campaign per month consisting of multiple different experiments. Requests for experiments should include a description of the scientific goals of the experiment and justifications for the requested dates and times of day (e.g. satellite conjunctions, phenomena specific to a certain MLT sector, new moon). The radars are open to requests from researchers in any country for any scientific purpose related to atmospheric or geospace science.

Robert Gillies, University of Calgary
Roger Varney, SRI International

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