SuperDARN-Related Article Provides Cover Page for JGR October issue

By: miker  on: Thu., Dec. 04, 2014 02:40 PM EST  (71 Reads)
An article lead-authored by graduate student Christer van der Meeren of the Birkeland Centre for Space Science at the University of Bergen has been selected to provide the cover image for the October 2014 issue of the Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics. The article examines the occurrence of GPS scintillations and irregularities in relation to a tongue of enhanced ionization that extends into the nightside ionosphere at polar latitudes.

The cover image shows a sequence of maps of total electron content (TEC) obtained from GPS measurements with simultaneous convection patterns obtained from analysis of SuperDARN velocity data overlaid. The circle indicates the field of view of instrumentation located on on Svalbard.

Christer is advised by Prof. Kjellmar Oksavik. The figure was generated with the help of the on-line GPS/TEC plotting tools developed by graduate student Evan Thomas at Virginia Tech and collaborators at MIT Haystack Observatory.


Australian SuperDARN Researchers Win Awards for Excellence in Engineering Innovation

By: miker  on: Tue., Dec. 02, 2014 01:59 PM EST  (100 Reads)
Australian SuperDARN researchers lead by the La Trobe University group and PI John Devlin have been recognized with prestigious awards for excellence in engineering innovation in connection with the design of the Buckland Park digital radar. In September they received the 2014 Victorian Engineering Award for Excellence. In November they were presented with the 2014 Australian Engineering Excellence Award for Innovation. Announcement of the latter can be found on the 'Engineers Australia' web site:
http://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/awards/2014-australian-engineering-excellence-awards-winners(external link)

Congratulations to John and the entire Buckland Park team!

Photo: Antenna towers of the Buckland Park radar viewed against the setting sun.

First Light at the Hokkaido West SuperDARN radar!

By: miker  on: Fri., Aug. 22, 2014 10:22 AM EDT  (501 Reads)
PI Nozomu Nishitani of the Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory (STELab) in Nagoya is pleased to announce that the Hokkaido West radar started operation on October 24, 2014. The first echoes were received after extensive testing by the Japanese licensing authority.

Nishitani-san would like to thank all the people who contributed to the completion of the new radar, in particular, Mick Parsons from Leicester University, who travelled all the way to Japan to make final installation of the radar, and Pasha Ponomarenko and Alexey Oinats, who happened to be staying at Nagoya University during this period and helped with setting up and calibration.

Congratulations to Nishitani-san, and to the Hokkaido West radar team!

Photo: Main array of 16 transmit / receive antennas in foreground and interferometer array of 4 receive-only antennas in background.

Stokkseyri radar transferred to new SuperDARN PI Jim Wild

By: miker  on: Mon., June 23, 2014 01:26 PM EDT  (595 Reads)
As announced at the 2014 SuperDARN Workshop held in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, the ownership of the Stokkseyri SuperDARN radar has been transferred from CNRS/LPCE (France) and PI Dr. Aurelie Marchaudon to Lancaster University (UK) and new SuperDARN PI Prof. James Wild. The Stokkseyri radar was constructed in 1994 as part of the first wave of radar construction under the newly-founded SuperDARN collaboration and its first PI was Dr. Jean-Paul Villain. It forms a common-volume pair with the Goose Bay SuperDARN radar.

Jim studied for a degree in Physics with Space Science and Technology before completing a doctorate in solar-terrestrial physics at the University of Leicester. He is the Professor of Space Physics at Lancaster University’s Department of Physics. He was elected to membership in the SuperDARN PI committee at the Svalbard Workshop.

Congratulations, Jim!
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2014 SuperDARN Workshop on Svalbard (Norway), May 25-30, 2014

By: Nathaniel Frissell  on: Sun., Dec. 08, 2013 02:42 PM EST  (2550 Reads)
Registration Website: http://www.unis.no/superdarn2014/(external link)
Meeting Dates: May 25-30, 2014
Deadlines for Registration & Accommodation: 23rd February 2014
Deadline for Abstracts: 25th April 2014
Deadline for Requesting Eduroam account: 15th May 2014 - Click 'Read More' for details
The 2014 SuperDARN meeting is going to be held in Longyearbyen, Svalbard (Norway). Longyearbyen is located on an archipelago at 78˚ North Latitude, making it one of the northernmost towns in the world. Longyearbyen has a long history of auroral and ionospheric research and is home to EISCAT Svalbard Incoherent Scatter Radar, the Kjell Henriksen Auroral Observatory, and the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS). Longyearbyen is slated to be a future site of a SuperDARN radar.

Pictured: The 32 m dish of the EISCAT Svalbard radar (ESR). This radar operates in the 500 MHz band with a peak transmitter power of 1.0 MW. Foreground: Students from UNIS, the world's northernmost institution for higher education and research.

The Canadian e-PoP satellite mission detects SuperDARN HF radar signals

By: miker  on: Thu., Dec. 05, 2013 11:14 PM EST  (1767 Reads)
SuperDARN PIs Drs. Kathryn McWilliams and J.-P. St. Maurice have announced that the Radio Receiver Instrument (RRI) carried by the CASSIOPE satellite has detected signals from the Saskatoon SuperDARN HF radar. The RRI is a component of the Canadian e-POP mission and is designed to receive SuperDARN pulses. The data have been analyzed by Dr. Rob Gillies of the University of Calgary and plotted to show that they reproduce the familiar radar multipulse sequence.

CASSIOPE is a small satellite from the Canadian Space Agency. It was launched on 29 Sept 2013 by SpaceX on their experimental Falcon 9 launch vehicle. E-PoP is the scientific payload and consists of eight space instruments including the RRI. The e-PoP Mission Scientist and Project Leader is Dr. Andrew Yau of the University of Calgary. Dr. Gordon James of the Communications Research Council (CRC) in Ottawa is the PI for the RRI and also Deputy Mission Scientist.

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