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 ISR Summer School to be held at Pikku-Syote, Finland, Aug. 12-17 2019

By: miker  on: Mon., Mar. 25, 2019 01:25 PM EDT  (76 Reads)
The 2019 ISR Summer School, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (U.S.) and the EISCAT Scientific Association (Europe) will be held August 12-17 at Pikku-Syöte, about an hour’s drive from Oulu, Finland. The school provides students with hands-on experience in designing and running experiments at incoherent scatter radar facilities. During this summer school, students will have the opportunity to run experiments with the EISCAT incoherent scatter radars (ISRs) and use data from multiple ISR observatories, such as Poker Flat (PFISR), Millstone Hill, Arecibo and Jicamarca.

The ISR summer school is suitable for graduate and advanced undergraduate students and attendance is limited. For most students attending institutions within the United States, travel, housing and meals will be provided. For post-docs and students outside of the United States, funding will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Link to the program web site at https://amisr.com/workshop(external link)

The deadline for application submission is 19 April 2019. Notice of acceptance will be sent to participants by 3 May 2019.

2019 NASA Space Grant Internship Opportunities - NASA Student Internships and Fellowships

By: miker  on: Wed., Mar. 20, 2019 04:59 PM EDT  (574 Reads)
Educational opportunities are available at NASA for students at all levels. Applications are now being accepted for 2019 summer internships with a deadline of April 1, 2019. NASA also makes competitive awards to support independent research by faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students. A Pathways program offers paths to Federal interships for student from high school through post-graduate studies.
For more details and answers to specific questions regarding NASA Summer 2019 internships click on the 'Read More' to this News item. The NASA hosting web site is https://intern.nasa.gov(external link)

For a complete listing of posted student internships click on the menu item 'Student Opportunities' or directly on http://vt.superdarn.org/tiki-index.php?page=Student+Interest(external link)

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Review Paper on the Accomplishments of the Mid-Latitude SuperDARN radars published

By: miker  on: Tue., Mar. 19, 2019 10:17 AM EDT  (136 Reads)
Dr. Nozoumu Nishitani has announced the publication of the paper "Review of the accomplishments of Mid-latitude Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) HF Radars" in the journal Progress in Earth and Planetary Science (PEPS). This represents the culmination of a three year effort by SuperDARN collaborators funded by the Joint Research Program of ISEE, Nagoya University (ISEE/CICR International Workshop). The main workshop was held January 10-14, 2017 with the participants pictured here (link to workshop news item via http://vt.superdarn.org/tiki-read_article.php?articleId=257).(external link)
The link to the PEPS review paper is: https://doi.org/10.1186/s40645-019-0270-5(external link)
An ISEE news article is posted at http://www.isee.nagoya-u.ac.jp/en/research-results/20190318.html(external link)
How to cite and other information is provided in the 'Read More' part of this news item.

Congratulations to Nishitani-san and collaborators on achieving this important milestone!

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  (249 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


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Kapuskasing Aug. 2018 Trip

By: ksterne  on: Fri., Feb. 01, 2019 10:55 AM EST  (216 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  (800 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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