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Subject: First Workshop Announcement: PFISR: SCIENCE RESULTS AND FUTURE PLANS From: Louise Beierle <> Date: Thu, 01 Oct 2009 17:16:56 -0600 To:

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First Workshop Announcement. PFISR: SCIENCE RESULTS AND FUTURE PLANS March 10-12, 2010. Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

From Joshua Semeter (

Commissioned in the spring of 2007, the Poker Flat Incoherent Scatter Radar (PFISR) is the first of two new radars funded under the NSF's "Advanced Modular ISR" (AMISR) project. Construction of the second radar at Resolute Bay, Canada, (the so-called RISR-N) is near completion. The AMISR radars use phased-array antennas to achieve rapid pulse-by-pulse beam steering. This represents a fundamental departure from dish antenna-based ISR's, which must be repointed mechanically. Initial results from PFISR have clearly demonstrated the scientific efficacy of electronic steering. The full implications of this radar modality for ionospheric research are still being explored.

The purpose of this workshop is to provide a forum to review science results obtained in the first three years of AMISR operation at Poker Flat, and to discuss future plans for the radar and its multi-diagnostic infrastructure (i.e., the rocket range, optical instrumentation, and other radio diagnostics). Participation is encouraged from past and current users, as well as those who are interested in using PFISR in the coming three years. The AMISR radars were designed to be relocated, with a nominal residency time of five years at any given site. One of the major goals of this meeting is to develop an advocacy position to extend PFISR operations beyond the first potential relocation in 2012.

FORUM: The three-day workshop will be organized in two parts. The first part will consist of oral and poster presentations covering the full breadth of PFISR-related science results. The second part will be dedicated to a discussion of future plans, including new experiments, instrument additions, and collaborations.

INFORMATION: Further information regarding abstract submission, registration, and travel will be forthcoming in the next announcement. Please direct any questions to Josh Semeter (


ORGANIZING COMMITTEE: Joshua Semeter, Boston University (Chair) Bill Bristow, Univ. of Alaska (Local organizer) Kristina Lynch, Dartmouth College Larry Lyons, UCLA David Hysell, Cornell University John Meriwether, Clemson University Tony Van Eyken, SRI International