SuperDARN Fields-of-View


This is a list of all SuperDARN radars. It includes radars which are currently not operational, such as the Falkland Islands Radar. Please also note that you can click on the bold radar names to get more information about these radars.

The radar fields of view are shown for their nominal settings, that is for 16 beams distributed in azimuth symmetrically about the scanning boresite direction and 75 range gates of width 45 km that begin at 180 km. Some radars routinely operate with enlarged parameter settings, as indicated.

**The 2005 AACGM coefficients have been used along with an assumed altitude of 100 km in order to calculate the geomagnetic coordinates contained in this table. Be aware that the secular variation of Earth's magnetic field gives rise to perceptible annual variation in the coordinates. For example, the AACGM latitude of the Goose Bay Radar from 1995 to 2010 at five year intervals was 61.9, 61.5, 61.1, and 60.8 deg. For more information on the AACGM coordinate system, please see http://thayer.dartmouth.edu/superdarn/aacgm.html.

Magnetic boresites have been calculated as follows: First, a geographic field point 50 km from the geographic radar location in the direction of the geographic boresite is determined. Next, both the geographic radar and field point locations are converted to AACGM coordinates as described above. Finally, the azimuth direction of the geomagnetic field point relative to the geomagnetic radar location is determined. This value is the geomagnetic boresite.

Radars shown in gray in the table below are not currently operational.




Northern Hemisphere SuperDARN Radars
Radar Name

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PI Institution

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Geographic **Geomagnetic Beams Gates Start Year   Code  

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Station ID Scan Direction
Lat.
[°]
Lon.
[°]
Boresite
[°]
Lat.
[°]
Lon.
[°]
Boresite
[°]
Adak Island East
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University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Dr. Bill Bristow
51.88 ‑176.62 46.0 47.6 ‑113.0 31.6 22 110 2012 ade 209 E
Adak Island West
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University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Dr. Bill Bristow
51.88 ‑176.62 ‑28.0 47.6 ‑113.0 ‑34.2 22 110 2012 adw 208 W
Blackstone
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Virginia Tech
Dr. J. Michael Ruohoniemi
37.10 ‑77.95 ‑40.0 48.2 ‑2.7 ‑41.5 24 110 2008 bks 33 W
Christmas Valley East
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Dartmouth College
Dr. Simon Shepherd
43.27 ‑120.36 54.0 49.5 ‑58.3 40.2 24 75 2011 cve 207 E
Christmas Valley West
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Dartmouth College
Dr. Simon Shepherd
43.27 ‑120.36 ‑20.0 49.5 ‑58.3 ‑31.2 24 75 2011 cvw 206 W
Clyde River
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University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Jean-Pierre St.-Maurice
70.49 ‑68.50 ‑55.6 78.8 18.1 ‑42.5 16 100 2012 cly 66 W
Fort Hays East
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Virginia Tech
Dr. J. Michael Ruohoniemi
38.86 ‑99.39 45.0 48.9 ‑32.2 41.3 22 110 2009 fhe 205 E
Fort Hays West
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Virginia Tech
Dr. J. Michael Ruohoniemi
38.86 ‑99.39 ‑25.0 48.9 ‑32.2 ‑32.3 22 110 2009 fhw 204 W
Goose Bay
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Virginia Tech
Dr. J. Michael Ruohoniemi
53.32 ‑60.46 5.0 61.1 22.9 11.0 16 100 1983 gbr 1 E
Hankasalmi
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University of Leicester
Dr. Mark Lester
62.32 26.61 ‑12.0 59.1 104.5 1.5 16 75 1995 han 10 W
Hokkaido
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Nagoya University
Dr. Nozomu Nishitani
43.53 143.61 25.0 37.3 ‑144.9 23.9 16 110 2008 hok 40 E
Hokkaido West
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Nagoya University
Dr. Nozomu Nishitani
43.54 143.61 ‑30.0 37.3 ‑144.9 16 110 2014 hkw 41 W
Inuvik
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University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Jean-Pierre St.-Maurice
68.414 ‑133.772 26.4 71.5 ‑85.1 4.4 16 100 2008 inv 64 E
Kapuskasing
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Virginia Tech
Dr. J. Michael Ruohoniemi
49.39 ‑82.32 12.0 60.2 ‑8.3 15.3 16 100 1993 kap 3 W
King Salmon
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National Institute of Information and Communications Technology
Dr. Tsutomu Nagatsuma
58.68 ‑156.65 ‑20.0 57.5 ‑99.1 ‑31.3 16 75 2001 ksr 16 W
Kodiak
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University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Dr. Bill Bristow
57.62 ‑152.19 30.0 57.2 ‑94.9 11.9 16 75 2000 kod 7 E
Longyearbyen
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University Centre in Svalbard
Dr. Dag Lorentzen
78.153 16.074 23.7 16 110 2016 lyr 90
Pykkvibaer
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University of Leicester
Dr. Mark Lester
63.77 ‑20.54 30.0 64.6 67.3 40.2 16 75 1995 pyk 9 E
Prince George
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University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Kathryn McWilliams
53.98 ‑122.59 ‑5.0 59.6 ‑64.3 ‑16.2 16 75 2000 pgr 6 W
Rankin Inlet
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University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Jean-Pierre St.-Maurice
62.82 ‑93.11 5.7 72.6 ‑26.4 1.8 16 100 2007 rkn 65 W
Saskatoon
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University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Kathryn McWilliams
52.16 ‑106.53 23.1 60.9 ‑43.8 16.9 16 75 1993 sas 5 E
Schefferville
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CNRS/LPCE
Dr. Christian Hanuise
54.80 ‑66.80 15.0 63.7 14.9 21.9 16 75 1986
sch
2 W
Stokkseyri
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Lancaster University
Dr. Jim Wild
63.86 ‑22.02 ‑59.0 64.9 66.1 ‑33.0 16 75 1994 sto 8 W
Wallops Island
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JHU Applied Physics Laboratory
Dr. Ethan Miller
37.93 ‑75.47 35.9 48.7 0.8 46.7 24 110 2005 wal 32 E



Southern Hemisphere SuperDARN Radars
Radar Name

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PI Institution

(Clickable)
Geographic **Geomagnetic Beams Gates Start Year   Code  

(Clickable)
Station ID Scan Direction
Lat.
[°]
Lon.
[°]
Boresite
[°]
Lat.
[°]
Lon.
[°]
Boresite
[°]
Buckland Park
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La Trobe University
Dr. John Devlin
‑34.620 138.460 146.5 ‑46.2 ‑146.1 22 110 2014 bpk 24 E
Dome C
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Institute for Space Astrophysics and Planetology
Dr. Federica Marcucci
‑75.090 123.350 115.0 ‑88.9 54.6 ‑105.5 16 75 2013 dce 96
Falkland Islands
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British Antarctic Survey
Dr. Gareth Chisham
‑51.83 ‑58.98 178.2 ‑39.0 9.9 172.4 16 75 2010 fir 21 E
Halley
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British Antarctic Survey
Dr. Gareth Chisham
‑75.52 ‑26.63 165.0 ‑62.1 29.3 174.1 16 75 1988 hal 4 E
Kerguelen
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CNRS/LPCE
Dr. AurĂ©lie Marchaudon
‑49.22 70.14 168.0 ‑58.7 122.7 ‑163.0 16 75 2000 ker 15 W
McMurdo
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University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Dr. Bill Bristow
‑77.88 166.73 300.0 ‑80.0 ‑33.3 ‑148.2 16 75 2010 mcm 20 E
SANAE
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South African National Space Agency
Dr. Jon P.S. Rash
‑71.68 ‑2.85 173.2 ‑61.8 43.7 ‑162.4 16 75 1997 san 11 W
South Pole Station
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University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Dr. Bill Bristow
‑89.995 118.291 75.7 ‑74.3 18.5 ‑20.3 16 75 2013 sps 22
Syowa East
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National Institute of Polar Research
Dr. Akira Sessai Yukimatu
‑69.00 39.58 106.5 ‑66.5 72.2 143.0 16 75 1997 sye 13 E
Syowa South
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National Institute of Polar Research
Dr. Akira Sessai Yukimatu
‑69.00 39.58 159.0 ‑66.5 72.2 ‑157.7 16 75 1997 sys 12 W
Tiger
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La Trobe University
Dr. John Devlin
‑43.40 147.20 180.0 ‑54.8 ‑133.2 169.4 16 75 1999 tig 14 W
Unwin
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La Trobe University
Dr. John Devlin
‑46.51 168.38 227.9 ‑54.4 ‑106.2 ‑152.2 16 75 2004 unw 18 W
Zhongshan
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Polar Research Institute of China
Dr. Hongqiao Hu
‑69.38 76.38 72.5 ‑74.9 97.2 123.5 16 75 2010 zho 19 E



SuperDARN Radars - Sorted by Time, Grouped by Country
PI Institution

Country

Web page URL

(Clickable)
PI(s)

Radars(first year operation in brackets)

Virginia Tech United States 
vt.superdarn.org Dr. Mike Ruohoniemi Goose Bay {1983}, Kapuskasing {1993}, Blackstone {2008}, Fort Hays East/West {2009}
JHU/APL United States 
superdarn.jhuapl.edu Dr. Ethan Miller Wallops Island {2005}
University of Alaska Fairbanks United States 
superdarn.gi.alaska.edu Dr. Bill Bristow Kodiak {2000}, McMurdo {2010}, Adak East/West {2012}, South Pole Station {2013}
Dartmouth College United States 
engineering.dartmouth.edu/superdarn Dr. Simon Shepherd Christmas Valley East/West {2011}
CNRS/LPCE France  www.cnrs.fr Dr. Christian Hanuise Schefferville {1986}
CNRS/LPCE France  www.cnrs.fr Dr. AurĂ©lie Marchaudon Kerguelen {2000}
British Antarctic Survey United Kingdom 
www.superdarn.ac.uk Dr. Gareth Chisham Halley {1988}, Falkland Islands {2010}
Lancaster University United Kingdom 
www.physics.lancs.ac.uk Dr. Jim Wild Stokkseyri {1994}
University of Leicester United Kingdom 
www.superdarn.ac.uk Dr. Mark Lester Hankasalmi {1995}, Pykkvibaer {1995}
University of Saskatchewan Canada 
superdarn.usask.ca Dr. Kathryn McWilliams Saskatoon {1993}, Prince George {2000}
University of Saskatchewan Canada 
superdarn.usask.ca Dr. Jean-Pierre St.-Maurice Rankin Inlet {2007}, Inuvik {2008}, Clyde River {2012}
National Institute of Polar Research Japan 
www.nipr.ac.jp/english Dr. Akira Sessai Yukimatu Syowa East/South {1997}
National Institute of Information and Communications Technology Japan 
www2.nict.go.jp/aeri/swe/obs/ksr/HF_radar_e.html Dr. Tsutomu Nagatsuma King Salmon {2001}
Nagoya University Japan 
www.stelab.nagoya-u.ac.jp/ste-www1 Dr. Nozomu Nishitani Hokkaido {2008}, Hokkaido West {2014}
South African National Space Agency South Africa 
www.sansa.org.za/spacescience/programmes Dr. Jon P.S. Rash SANAE {1997}
La Trobe University Australia 
www.tiger.latrobe.edu.au Dr. John Devlin Tiger {1999}, Unwin {2004}, Buckland Park {2014}
Polar Research Institute of China China 
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polar_Research_Institute_of_China Dr. Hongqiao Hu Zhongshan {2010}
Institute for Space Astrophysics and Planetology Italy 
www.iaps.inaf.it Dr. Federica Marcucci Dome C {2013}
University Centre in Svalbard Norway 
www.unis.no Dr. Dag Lorentzen Longyearbyen{2016}











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