EISCAT_3D will be the world’s leading facility to explore and study the Earth’s atmosphere and ionosphere, including phenomena such as the aurora borealis (northern lights) and noctilucent clouds.
Construction kicked off in September 2017, with the first stage of the radar system expected to become operational in 2021. Using separate stations in Norway, Sweden, and Finland, based on phased array technology, EISCAT_3D will be able to make three-dimensional measurements of the plasma densities and temperatures and the direction of motion of that plasma, among other things. This will provide scientists a more comprehensive view of the important physical processes.
EISCAT_3D has opened up new opportunities for physicists to explore a variety of research fields, but it comes with significant challenges in handling large-scale experimental data. The EISCAT_3D Competence Centre worked on developing a web portal for researchers to access and analyse the data generated by EISCAT_3D.
How EOSC can help and add value
The EOSC-hub team has been building on the existing portal prototype and enriched it with EOSC services made available via the project. These services include EGI Check-In (for user single sign-on in the portal), EGI Clouds (for user data analysis from the portal), EGI Workload Manager (to provide the portal graphical environment and for managing complex set of jobs across multiple, federated clouds).