ISEE / Nagoya University hosts meeting of SuperDARN mid-latitude researchers, January 10-14, 2017

By: miker  on: Thu., Jan. 12, 2017 12:19 AM EST  (143 Reads)
Dr. Nozomu Nishitani of the Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research (ISEE) of Nagoya University hosted a workshop to review the accomplishments of the mid-latitude component of the SuperDARN network. The participants include the PIs of current and future mid-latitude radars and specialists in the research that is enabled by mid-latitude radar observations. Just more than ten years have passed since the first radars specifically purposed as mid-latitude instruments came on the air at NASA Wallops Space Flight Center in Virginia (2005) and at Rikubetsu Observatory in Hokkaido (2006). The workshop was made possible by an award from the ISEE Center for International Collaborative Research (CICR): http://cicr.isee.nagoya-u.ac.jp/index_e.html(external link)

Photo credit: Dr. Pasha Ponomarenko (U. Saskatchewan) and Ms. Yoko Tanaka (ISEE)
The Exploration of energization and Radiation in Geospace (ERG) satellite mission got underway on December 20, 2016 with the launch of an Epsilon rocket from the Uchinoura Space Center on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu. The aim of the mission is to study Earth's radiation belts. Coordinated operations are planned with the SuperDARN radars. Shortly after launch the satellite was officially nicknamed "ARASE", which is a Japanese word for a river raging with rough water and also the name of a river close to the Uchinoura Space Center. A news article about ARASE that features an interview with SuperDARN PI Nagatsuma-san is available from the NHK World service at
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/videos/20161221173156838/(external link)

Photo credit: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

New SuperDARN radar at Longyearbyen (Svalbard) Comes Online

By: ksterne  on: Wed., Dec. 14, 2016 03:05 PM EST  (239 Reads)
A SuperDARN radar has been built on the grounds of the Kjell Henriksen Observatory (KHO) located on the Svalbard Archipelago far to the north of Scandinavia. First light was announced by the radar group at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) led by new SuperDARN PI Dr. Dag Lorentzen and Dr. Lisa Baddeley. The radar is named for the nearby town of Longyearbyen and started contributing data to the SuperDARN stream on October 19, 2016. The Longyearbyen radar is the fourth to begin operations in the northern polar cap region and the first to be sponsored by Norway.

Congratulations to Dag, Lisa, and their team at UNIS!

Photo credit: Mikko Syrjasuo (UNIS)

DaViTpy 0.6 Pre-Release Released

By: ksterne  on: Thu., Dec. 08, 2016 03:19 PM EST  (599 Reads)

Sticking with the idea that new releases of the DaViTpy code (https://github.com/vtsuperdarn/davitpy(external link)) would happen semi-annually, a new master branch (or version) of the code has been released. It is hoped that questions about the new release can be answered during an ad-hoc DaViTpy-developers meeting sometime during the Fall AGU conference. Tools on this website that use davitpy code are now using the 0.6 release code. Notes about this release follow.

This is a pre-release version 0.6 of DaViTpy. While we continue to make bugfixes and update the code to interface with external sources, a number of developments have enhanced the codebase and changed its functionality.

Tracker tool for finding THEMIS camping beam data now available

By: miker  on: Thu., Oct. 06, 2016 12:08 PM EDT  (422 Reads)
A tool for finding periods and radars with high time resolution radar data collected with THEMIS mode has been developed by Ms. Xueling Shi, graduate student in the VT SuperDARN group. It can be accessed from the link to Data Inventory in the sidebar menu or linked to directly (scroll down one frame) via

http://vt.superdarn.org/tiki-index.php?page=Data+Inventory(external link)

The period covered is 2010 - 2015. THEMIS mode features a camping beam which is sampled on every second sounding resulting in time resolution of ~6 sec in this beam direction. The THEMIS tool identifies the camping beam.

Xueling welcomes your interest in these data and stands ready to assist in developing related studies and collaborations. Contact her at
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Real-time display of radar data available from University of Saskatchewan website

By: miker  on: Mon., Oct. 03, 2016 04:44 PM EDT  (439 Reads)
The University of Saskatchewan SuperDARN group has made available a real-time display of data from some of the North American radars. Link to the display via the 'SuperDARN Data' > 'Real Time Data (USask)' item in the sidebar menu or by

http://superdarn.usask.ca/realtimedisplay.html(external link)

Select the radars to display using the menu in the lower right hand corner.

The real-time display is maintained by Keith Kotyk. The home page for the University of Saskatchewan group can be accessed at http://superdarn.usask.ca/(external link)
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