UK EISCAT Experiments and Time Applications
Time on the EISCAT Mainland and Svalbard Radars is accounted to one of the following:-
- Common Programme (CP): Such experiments are run by EISCAT staff according to a pre-arranged schedule and the
data is available to any scientist from an Associate country.
- Special Programme (SP): The available time is apportioned to each Associate country according to the size of
their financial contribution to EISCAT. It is up to each country to decide how their time is to be utilised, and time is usually awarded to
particular individuals for approved experiments. Access to the data obtained from such an experiments is restricted to these individuals for the
first year after the data is taken. UK experiments may be either:-
- Specific User, where time is granted to named individuals, who have sole access to the data for the first
- Multi-User, for which the experimenters are considered to be the entire UK community, although a convenor is
normally appointed. The data is available to all UK scientists.
- Unusual Programme (UP): Experiments of this type are similar to those of the Common Programme, but are
experiments of opportunity. Approval must be sought from the Director of EISCAT.
For both types of UK Special Programme experiment, application must be made to NERC Swindon Office.
UK Special Programme Experiments
- Applying for Time on the EISCAT Radars.
- Designing an EISCAT Experiment.
- Running an EISCAT Experiment.
- UK Experiment Names and Numbering Policy.
- List of UK Experiments.
- Time Allocations for UK EISCAT Experiments:-
The normal procedure is for UK experiments to be run in the form of a campaign, for which a group of individuals travel to EISCAT to run the
experiments. For each campaign, a campaign manager will need be appointed and a campaign schedule agreed. More than one experiment may be
run during a campaign. Further information is available on the following campaign topics:-