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.


VT SuperDARN Graduate Student Muhammad Rafiq wins Poster Prize in CEDAR 2019 Competition

By: miker  on: Mon., June 24, 2019 02:09 PM EDT  (33 Reads)
PhD candidate Muhammad Rafiq won 2nd place in the MLT Student Poster prize competition held during the CEDAR 2019 Workshop in Santa Fe, June 17-21, 2019. The bibliographic details of his poster are: 'Maimaiti, M., B. Kunduri, J.M. Ruohoniemi, J.B. H. Baker, DATA04 - A Deep Learning Based Approach to Predict the Onset of Magnetic Substorms'. The competition was fierce as a total of 51 posters were entered for judging in the MLT category. Former VT SuperDARN graduate students also took away prizes - Mr. Pratik Joshi at University of Illinois (IT, 2nd place) and Ms. Garima Malhotra at University of Michigan (MLT, Honorable mention). Virginia Tech was especially well represented this year with at least six poster presentations by early-career researchers (see 'Read More').

Congratulations to Muhammad and all the prize winners!

(Photo credit: Dilraba Abla)

VT SuperDARN Undergrad Ian Kelley calls at Summit Station, Greenland

By: miker  on: Mon., June 24, 2019 12:13 PM EDT  (19 Reads)
VT student and SuperDARN intern Ian Kelley is participating in the 2019 Greenland Climate and Space Science Research for Undergraduates program. He has reached Summit Station, located at the highest point on the Greenland ice sheet, 10,530 ft above sea level. He arrived in Greenland on a C-130 flight that landed in Kangerlussaq. Virginia Tech professor Bob Clauer is one of the program mentors (look for the grey beard). The purpose of the program is to enable research experiences in mapping climatic conditions for students from Hampton University, University of Albany, University of Michigan, and Virginia Tech. For more information see the VT News item http://vt.superdarn.org/tiki-read_article.php?articleId=312.(external link)
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Prior to the SuperDARN 2019 workshop held in Fujiyoshida, Japan during the first week of June, 2019, Dr. Mark Lester of Leicester University had indicated his intention to step down as Chair of the SuperDARN Executive Council. During PI discussions at the workshop it was decided to replace Dr. Lester with a new Chair and two Vice Chairs. The new Chair is Prof. Kathryn McWilliams of the University of Saskatchewan and the Vice Chairs are Prof. Nozomu Nishitani of ISEE / Nagoya University and Dr. Aurélie Marchaudon of IRAP/CNRS/IPEV.

Mark thanks all members of the SuperDARN community for their help and support and states that it was his privilege to have been the lead PI over the last 15 years.

Congratulations to Kathryn, Nozomu, and Aurélie!

Photo credit: SD2019 General Organizing Committee

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

By: miker  on: Sun., Apr. 14, 2019 11:45 AM EDT  (870 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: EXTENDED TO APRIL 19
Early bird registration: April 27
Accomodation booking: April 28


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Visiting scientists tour the site of the Blackstone radar

By: miker  on: Fri., Apr. 26, 2019 05:02 PM EDT  (356 Reads)
On April 25 a group of visitors was led by Kevin Sterne to make a tour of the Blackstone SuperDARN radar. Drs. Nozomu Nishitani and Tomo Hori and graduate student Kento Oya from ISEE Nagoya University were joined by Dr. Erxiao Liu from Hangzhou Dianzi University. The photograph shows the Japanese visitors with Kevin and towers of the two arrays and the equipment shelter in the background.

(Photo credit and missing from photo: Dr. Erxiao Liu)
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Kapuskasing Aug. 2018 Trip

By: ksterne  on: Fri., Feb. 01, 2019 10:55 AM EST  (657 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.

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