By: miker on: Wed., June 15, 2016 10:18 AM EDT (533 Reads)
As announced at the SuperDARN 2016 Workshop in Fairbanks (Alaska), Maria Frederica Marcucci is the new PI for the SuperDARN radar at Dome C in Antarctica. Frederica succeeds the original radar PI, Ermanno Amata, who has retired but remains active The radar is located near the southern magnetic pole and began operation in January, 2013. Federica is based at the INAF-Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Rome). The Dome C East radar was constructed with the support of Italian and French funding agencies and it is now maintained with the support of the Italian National Program for Antarctic Research (PNRA).
For historical notes on the radar see http://vt.superdarn.org/tiki-index.php?page=Dome+C+Info
By: miker on: Mon., June 13, 2016 11:10 AM EDT (502 Reads)
Gareth Chisham (British Antarctic Survey) has stepped down as Chair of the Scheduling Working Group. Following discussions at the SuperDARN 2016 Workshop at Fairbanks, Alaska the gavel has passed to Evan Thomas, who has recently taken up an NSF-funded postdoctoral position at Dartmouth College following completion of his degree at Virginia Tech. This working group is charged with drawing up monthly operating schedules for the radars and engages the person in each PI group with the major responsibility for uploading the schedules to the radars.
A summary of the workings of the SWG can be found at the working group website:
By: miker on: Mon., May 23, 2016 10:02 AM EDT (785 Reads)
Outgoing PI at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), Dr. Mervyn Freeman, has announced that, pending approval of the PI committee at the upcoming SuperDARN Workshop at Fairbanks, Alaska, the new PI for the Halley radar will be Dr. Gareth Chisham. Gareth is well known to the SuperDARN community for his extensive body of research utilizing the SuperDARN radar database, his experience in scheduling all the SuperDARN radars, and the much-cited SuperDARN review paper he first-authored in 2007.
Halley was the first SuperDARN-type radar constructed in the southern Hemisphere. For additional historical notes, see
By: miker on: Mon., Apr. 04, 2016 08:00 AM EDT (2318 Reads)
The SuperDARN 2016 Workshop will be held at Fairbanks, Alaska on May 29 - June 3, hosted by the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Scientists, students, and engineers will gather to discuss radar operations and shared research interests. The organizer for the meeting is Roman Makarevich and the UAF SuperDARN PI is Bill Bristow. The webpage for the Workshop is located at http://superdarn2016.gi.alaska.edu
New: A provisional program has been posted at http://superdarn2016.gi.alaska.edu/SD16%20Program.pdf
>> The maximum poster size will be 94"w x 46.5"t
By: miker on: Mon., Mar. 28, 2016 04:20 AM EDT (655 Reads)
An EOS Buzz article by Sasha Ukhorskiy and colleagues at JHU/APL and NASA/GSFC summarizes the accomplishments of the Van Allen Probes prime mission and describes the science objectives of the extended mission (begun on November 1, 2015) and connections to the NASA MMS and JAXA ERG missions. Note that the sunspot number peaked in April 2014 and we are now in the declining phase of the solar cycle. See https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/153ad3d831ac2cf3
SuperDARN is running modes in support of the satellite missions as described in this earlier article: http://vt.superdarn.org/tiki-read_article.php?articleId=224
Picture credit: Artist's rendering of the twin Van Allen probes from the EOS Buzz article
By: miker on: Fri., Feb. 19, 2016 03:06 PM EST (831 Reads)
News item from Maria Federica Marcucci: A power line failure at Dome C at the end of July 2015 brought down radar operations and subjected the equipment to -60C temperatures. David Biondi (INAF-IAPS) and Enrico Simeoli (CNR-Reti e Sistemi Informativi) have travelled to Dome C and brought the radar back to life. As of January 2, 2016 the radar is once again contributing to the SuperDARN data stream.
Congratulations, David and Enrico! (Pictured here at the site, David on the right)
To view Frederica's full report click 'Read More'.
To view daily summaries of Dome C East and other southern hemisphere radar data, click on the 'Quick Browse / Daily Multi-Radar Plots' link or click on