Welcome to SuperDARN!
SuperDARN stands for Super Dual Auroral Radar Network. The network consists of more than 30 low-power HF radars that look into Earth's upper atmosphere beginning at mid-latitudes and extending into the polar regions. The radars operate continuously and observe the motion of charged particles (plasma) in the ionosphere and other effects that provide scientists with information on Earth's space environment. The knowledge gained from this work provides insight into space weather hazards including radiation exposure for high-altitude travelers and disruptions to communication networks, navigation systems (GPS), and electrical power grids.

The SuperDARN Research Group at Virginia Tech (VT) collaborates with an international community of scientists and engineers to operate radars and share data. The VT Group operates five radars. For a summary of the radars and their affiliations, visit the Radar Maps/Tables/Links web page.

U.S. SuperDARN Collaboration
The U.S. component of SuperDARN is funded by the National Science Foundation under the Space Weather Research (SWR) Program as a collaboration between Virginia Tech (lead institution), Dartmouth College, University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL). Click logos for access to the web sites of the U.S. partners.


In addition to the U.S. partners, the SuperDARN collaboration counts many international partner institutions that share an interest in studies of the ionosphere and the relationship between the ionosphere and space weather. Click the logo below for access to the University of Saskatchewan SuperDARN site that features a real-time data display based on links to radars in North America.


2019 Greenland Climate and Space Science Research for Undergraduates

By: miker  on: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019 04:13 PM EST  (32 Reads)
Undergrad students may apply to participate in an expedition to Greenland in the summer of 2019 to map climatic conditions from these institutions:
• Hampton University
• University of Albany
• University of Michigan
• Virginia Tech University
First priority will be for 3rd and 4th year undergraduates in fields of atmospheric and other geosciencesas as well as sociocultural studies.
For more information see: http://greenland.engin.umich.edu(external link)
Application deadline: March 1, 2019
See 'Read More' for VT contact information.

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SuperDARN 2019 Workshop to be held at the foot of Mt. Fuji, Japan, June 2-7, 2019

By: miker  on: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019 10:45 AM EST  (27 Reads)
Dr.Tsutomu Nagatsuma has announced that the web site is open for registration and submission of abstracts to the 2019 SuperDARN Workshop which will be held at the Highland Resort Hotel & Spa in Fujiyoshida, Japan, June 2-7, 2019. The Workshop is sponsored by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), the Nagoya University Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research (ISEE), the International Center for Space Weather Science and Education Kyushu University (ICSWSE), and the University of Electro-Communications (UEC). The Workshop website is http://superdarn2019.nict.go.jp/.(external link) Note the following due dates:
Abstracts: April 15
Early bird registration: April 27
Accomodation booking: April 28

SuperDARN Dome C North (DCN) radar now in operation

By: miker  on: Fri., Feb. 08, 2019 10:47 AM EST  (92 Reads)
Dr. Federica Marcucci of the Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (INAF) has announced that the SuperDARN Dome C North (DCN) radar located at Franco-Italian base Concordia, at Dome C (Antarctica), is now in operation and the first data look good. In her words:
'The radar was installed by a team composed by David Biondi - INAF, Alessandro Cirioni, Angelo De Simone, Angelo Olivieri, Andrea Satta and Enrico Simeoli - CNR and with the really fundamental support of Jan Wiid.
I also have the pleasure to mention that the installation was made possible by the hard work of other people belonging to the logistics of Concordia and, in general, to PNRA and IPEV.
Completing the installation of DCE and DCN radars has been really a collaborative effort and I wish to mention the work of Igino Coco and Aurèlie Marchaudon, at the beginning of the project, and of Simona Longo, Stefano Massetti and Giuseppe Pallocchia in most recent years.
I wish also to thank a lot the many of you, and people of your teams, who helped giving valuable advice whenever we asked for.
Finally yet importantly, I wish to pay a tribute to Ermanno and Jean-Paul, the fathers of SuperDARN radars at Dome C.
The Concordia radars were funded by PNRA and INAF from the Italian side and by IPEV and INSU from the French side.

Congratulations to Team Dome C!
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Kapuskasing Aug. 2018 Trip

By: ksterne  on: Fri., Feb. 01, 2019 10:55 AM EST  (79 Reads)
During the installation of the low loss coaxial cable in Oct. 2015, only the main array had new ground coax cable installed as time ran out to finish installing ground coax cables to the interferometer array. With a push from Simon Shepherd at Dartmouth College to get more radars collecting elevation angle, a trip to the Kapuskasing radar was planned for Kevin Sterne, Paul Kennedy, Mike Ruohoniemi and Simon Shepherd. In addition to installing the ground coax cables, the condition of the antennas along both array and the transmitters would be investigated and checked as the last service trip was the Oct. 2015 trip. Lastly, this trip was necessary to install signage around the site in order to comply with safety standards with the Canadian government.

Blackstone Trip, July 2018

By: ksterne  on: Wed., Sep. 26, 2018 01:46 PM EDT  (640 Reads)
With the visit of FHSU student intern Kelly Strecker and with the repairs of some transmitters from the May 2018 trip, this trip to the Blackstone radar introduced Kelly to more radar hardware and allowed the installation of the transmitters. The goal with the transmitters was to get all of them firing as all of the antennas were repaired earlier in the year. With the two recently repaired transmitters, the radar was left running on all antennas at the end of this trip. However, two additional transmitters were found to not be running so these were brought back to the Blacksburg lab for repairs. These transmitters will be spares at the site once repaired and returned.

In addition to these items, a check of the electrical lengths along the coax and inside in the electronics was performed as gathering correct elevation angle data has become an emphasis across SuperDARN. The time delay was found to be close to previous values, with some small differences. This new difference will be reflected in the hdw.dat file for Blackstone.

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