New research initiative to support FMI Space Situational Awareness Centre development

Schematic diagram on ionosphere-thermosphere phenomena during Space Weather events.

Academy of Finland decided to fund research on ionosphere-thermosphere interaction with the combination of EISCAT_3D, Suomi-100 and TomoScand observations. This directly supports the development of Finnish national space weather monitoring within the Finnish Space Situational Awareness Centre (FSSAC).

In its most recent funding decisions for research projects on natural sciences and engineering the Academy of Finland has granted support for the INTERSECT project which will investigate ionosphere-thermosphere response to space weather events with an ambitious combination of measurements and modelling. The work will be conducted by a consortium consisting of the University of Oulu (coordinator), Aalto University and the Finnish Meteorological Institute. The key instruments will be the EISCAT incoherent scatter radar facilities, including the new world leading EISCAT_3D radar starting operations during the first year of the project, TomoScand ionospheric tomography, optical measurements, several international satellite missions, and consortium’s own Suomi 100 CubeSat. INTERSECT aims to enhance our understanding on the fundamental processes that govern the dynamics of the ionosphere-thermosphere system during geomagnetic storms driven by interplanetary coronal mass ejections and solar wind high-speed streams. In addition, the project will generate novel information on radio wave propagation and scintillation in the stormy ionosphere, which may disturb satellite navigation and communication in the Arctic region.

More information:

Kirsti Kauristie, Senior Research Scientist, Finnish Meteorological Institute,

EISCAT Incoherent Scatter radars: EISCAT Scientific Association

Suomi 100 CubeSat: Suomi 100 satellite mission | Suomi100 -satelliitti (

TomoScand: TomoScand (

Leave a Reply