Frederica Marcucci becomes PI for the Dome C East radar

By: miker  on: Wed., June 15, 2016 10:18 AM EDT  (260 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).

Congratulations, Frederica!

For historical notes on the radar see http://vt.superdarn.org/tiki-index.php?page=Dome+C+Info(external link)
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New Chair of the Scheduling Working Group is Evan Thomas

By: miker  on: Mon., June 13, 2016 11:10 AM EDT  (241 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:

http://vt.superdarn.org/tiki-index.php?page=Scheduling+Working+Group(external link)
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PI-ship at BAS for the Halley radar transfers to Gareth Chisham

By: miker  on: Mon., May 23, 2016 10:02 AM EDT  (284 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.

Congratulations, Gareth!

Halley was the first SuperDARN-type radar constructed in the southern Hemisphere. For additional historical notes, see
http://vt.superdarn.org/tiki-index.php?page=Halley+Info(external link)

SuperDARN 2016 Workshop at Fairbanks, Alaska, 29 May - June 3

By: miker  on: Mon., Apr. 04, 2016 08:00 AM EDT  (1959 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(external link)
New: A provisional program has been posted at http://superdarn2016.gi.alaska.edu/SD16%20Program.pdf(external link)
>> The maximum poster size will be 94"w x 46.5"t

Van Allen Probes mission enters extended phase, MMS and ERG satellite missions on track

By: miker  on: Mon., Mar. 28, 2016 04:20 AM EDT  (490 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(external link)
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(external link)

Picture credit: Artist's rendering of the twin Van Allen probes from the EOS Buzz article

Dome C East radar in Antarctica returns to operation after successful trip

By: miker  on: Fri., Feb. 19, 2016 03:06 PM EST  (645 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
http://vt.superdarn.org/tiki-index.php?page=Latest+Data(external link)

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