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Dr Ian McCrea

Ian McCrea
NameIan McCrea
OrganisationRutherford Appleton Lab
Job titleLeader, UK EISCAT Support Group
BioDr. Ian McCrea is a senior scientist and project manager in the Space Physics Division of the UK’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, specialising in ionospheric physics and space weather.  For most of his career, he has been closely involved with EISCAT, the European Incoherent SCATter radar project; a multi-national research organisation using powerful radar facilities to study the Earth’s middle and upper atmosphere.  
 
EISCAT’s radar facilities are located in northern Scandinavia, and have enabled many significant discoveries. Several of the facilities, however, date back to the early 1980s and are becoming increasingly expensive to maintain.  The EISCAT Scientific Association is currently engaged in an EU-funded Preparatory Phase study, to replace the current dish-based radars with a new radar system, called EISCAT_3D, based on distributed phased arrays. EISCAT_3D is one of the new generation of ESFRI Research Infrastructures, which have been recognised as cornerstone projects for European research in the early part of the twenty-first century.  
 
Dr. McCrea and his group have been active participants in this study, working mainly on the development of the science case for the new facility and its implications for the design and performance specification of the new system.