News, 2017-06-12

Eiscat_3D gets go-ahead for construction

The new international Arctic radar for space weather research, Eiscat_3D, has been given the green light to proceed. This will lead to a better understanding of the effect of solar storms and space weather on the upper atmosphere in the Arctic, including the Northern Lights.

The radar is expected to be operational in 2021 and will be the world’s leading facility of its kind, offering a critically important window to the upper atmosphere and the near-Earth space in the European Arctic. At a total cost of 685 million Swedish crowns, the Eiscat_3D facility will be distributed across three sites in Northern Scandinavia – in Skibotn, Norway, near Kiruna in Sweden, and near Kaaresuvanto in Finland. The Swedish Research Council finances the new facility by 120 million SEK.

More info on Eiscat's websiteexternal link, opens in new window

Contacts at the Swedish Research Counsil

Magnus Friberg, Research Officer, tel: +46(0)8-546 44 122
Tomas Andersson, Research Officer, tel: +46(0)8-546 44 173

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Updated: 2017-06-12