Falkland Islands (51.83 S, -58.98 E)

The Falkland Islands SuperDARN radar has had two operating periods: February 2010 until September 2011 and November 14, 2017 to the present. The site is operated by the British Antarctic Survey. During the first period the control electronics were borrowed from the Halley radar while the Halley site underwent one of its periodic rebuilds and Dr. Mervyn Freeman was PI. During the current period Dr. Gareth Chisham is the PI. The Falkland Islands radar provides the lowest latitude data ever collected by a SuperDARN radar. Its field of view is conjugate to those of the Wallops and Blackstone SuperDARN radars in the north. A note from Gareth dated May 18, 2020: 'There is presently no SuperDARN radar operating at Halley. Since the Brunt Ice Shelf started collapsing a few years back there have been no overwintering staff at Halley for the last few years for safety reasons. At the time that we went to summer-only operations there was no possibility of running the radar remotely over the winter because of the lack of power over winter. So we removed all the electronics to the Falkland Islands and restarted the radar there. Although we now have autonomous power through the winter at Halley now, due to a new microturbine system, the system is still not stable enough for us to consider sending the SuperDARN radar back there. There are lots of other space weather instruments at Halley that have restarted operation though. We are actually looking at alternative sites in the Antarctic to send the radar back to where there is less snow accumulation, and hence, less yearly maintenance needed. This is probably still a few years away though. The re-sited radar in the Falklands is going from strength to strength though, with a new operating system and STEREO operation. Hopefully this will put it in a good place for when it does actually head back to the antarctic mainland.' Falkland Islands Radar Field of View Map


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