PI Nozoumi Nishitani of the Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory (STELab) in Nagoya is pleased to announce that the Hokkaido West radar is under construction. This will be the second SuperDARN radar on the northernmost Japanese island of Hokkaido and it will extend the coverage of the mid-latitude SuperDARN chain into northeast Asia. The site lies 1.1 km from the site of the first Hokkaido radar. The radar is expected to start operation later this year. Both Hokkaido radars are outfitted with electronics from the University of Leicester.
The photo shows the view from the middle of the main array looking towards the northeast with the lower portions of the antenna towers set in concrete pads.
For more information on the the Hokkaido radar project at STELab, see
SuperDARN: An International Collaboration
SuperDARN is made possible through the cooperation and funding of nine different countries... a true international effort!
Radar coverage tool
Plot SuperDARN fields-of-view at any date since its beginning, or watch a full time lapse of SuperDARN development.
Mapping the global pattern of ionospheric plasma convection
View global convection maps using the Map Potential Plot tool available on the VT SuperDARN web site.
DaViTpy: the SuperDARN Data Visualization and Analysis Toolkit - in Python
Experience the power of Python to browse, mine and visualize SuperDARN data. Use Github to access and/or contribute to our new analysis toolkit. Presented at the 2013 SuperDARN student workshop.
Footpoints of the RBSP satellites in the ionosphere
Click on this image to see more orbit projections for various days.
Award to SuperDARN Founder
Dr. Ray Greenwald (center) is congratulated on his Nicolet Prize lecture given at the Fall 2013 Meeting of the AGU by Dr. David Sibeck (NASA/Goddard) and Prof. Mark Lester (U. Leicester, UK)
First large-scale instantaneous mapping of Sub Auroral Polarization Stream (SAPS)
Map of the line-of-sight plamsa velocity for 08:40 UT, March 9th, 2011 (after Clausen et al. )
Coordinated mapping with Total Electron Content (TEC) obtained from GPS measurements
The SAPS feature observed with SuperDARN is seated in the trough-like feature mapped by TEC
Ray tracing tool
Model HF propagation in the ionosphere for any SuperDARN radars or your own fantasy HF radar...
Construction of the SuperDARN radars at Adak, Alaska (Credit: NSF Mid-Sized Infrastructiure Program)
View of the completed arrays of antenna poles - September, 2012 (Photo credit: N. Frissell)
Heating experiment with EISCAT and SuperDARN/CUTLASS - July 3, 2012
The SuperDARN/CUTLASS radar at Hankasalmi (Finland) observes scatter during 2-min intervals of ionospheric heating
Geometry of heating experiment with EISCAT and SUPERDARN/CUTLASS
The SuperDARN/CUTLASS radars at Pykkvibaer and Hankasalmi look over the site of the EISCAT heater at Tromso (Norway)(credit: Sebastien's 'Radar Finder' tool)
Welcome to SuperDARN!
SuperDARN stands for Super Dual Auroral Radar Network. The network consists of over 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.
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