During the 2020 SuperDARN workshop held online the SuperDARN Executive council welcomed a new group from the National Space Science Center (NSSC), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) to the collaboration and voted the PI of the Jiamusi radar, Dr. Jiaojiao Zhang, to council membership.

The Jiamusi radar, also known as AgileDARN, features new kinds of digital control electronics and has been providing data to the SuperDARN data flow since mid-2019. The radar increases SuperDARN coverage at mid-latitudes in the east Asian Sector. First results were reported by Zhang et al. (2020), see 'Read More' for bio details.

Congratulations to Dr. Zhang and her team at the NSSC!

2020 SuperDARN Workshop moves to online format, scheduled for June 1-5

By: miker  on: Wed., May 20, 2020 11:01 AM EDT  (1015 Reads)
The Chair of the SuperDARN Executive Council, Prof. Kathryn McWilliams has announced that the 2020 SuperDARN Workshop, originally planned for South Africa, has been moved to an online format, hosted by the University of Saskatchewan. There will be virtual Working Group meetings (live) and asynchronous conference presentations (view at your leisure) on Vimeo. The workshop will still take place over the first week of June. The workshop in South Africa is now planned for 2021. For more information and to register, go to the workshop website:
https://superdarn.ca/workshop2020(external link)

The deadline for registration and video transfer is 28th May 2020!

Email inquiries can be sent to:



Grid2, map2 files available back to July 2006

By: ksterne  on: Fri., Apr. 17, 2020 11:08 AM EDT  (926 Reads)
As a general update, it's been a few years since the major revisions to our grid- and map-level processing software were complete. These revisions date back to RST 4.0 (as of this writing, RST is at version 4.3.1) with the new files being named grid2 and map2 so that previous files could be maintained for data reproducibility. A number of other data issues were being sorted out and processed, including the expansion of the VT data storage systems, that delayed a mass processing of the new files. However with a break in some activities, grid2 and map2 files have now been generated back to the start of the modern dmap file format on July 1, 2006.

As always, for a listing of what files we have for certain dates please visit our Data Inventory page.
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Release of pyDARN Version 1.0 announced

By: miker  on: Fri., Mar. 27, 2020 10:29 AM EDT  (1094 Reads)
Marina Schmidt of the University of Saskatchewan SuperDARN group has announced the official release of pyDARN. In her words
'pyDARN is a python library used for data visualization of SuperDARN data.
Currently, it can:
- read and write SuperDARN DMap files
- read, write and convert Borealis hdf5 files
- range-time parameter plots
- summary plots
Thank you for all the support and help from the community.'

For directions on how to install and use pyDARN, clock 'Read More'

***SuperDARN Workshop 2020 POSTPONED to 2021***

By: miker  on: Tue., Mar. 17, 2020 08:27 AM EDT  (1521 Reads)
Following consultations with the organizers of the 2020 Workshop in South Africa (Drs. Michael Kosch and Judy Stephenson) and the SuperDARN PIs, the Chair of the SuperDARN Executive Council, Dr. Kathryn McWilliams, has announced that the SuperDARN Workshop is postponed until next year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
See the conference website for more information.
Conference web site: https://superdarn2019.ukzn.ac.za.(external link)

Any enquiries, please contact Judy at .

Photo credit: Conference web site (Drakensberg cathedral peaks with aloes)

Dome C North radar now contributing to SuperDARN data flow

By: miker  on: Tue., Mar. 03, 2020 01:57 PM EST  (1138 Reads)
Dr. Federica Marcucci of the Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (IAPS), part of the National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF), has announced that the SuperDARN Dome C North (DCN) radar located at Franco-Italian base Concordia, at Dome C (Antarctica), is now contributing data to the SuperDARN data flow. This radar joins the Dome C East (DCE) radar in making Dome C a dual radar site. The starting date for data availability is January 29, 2019. Federica advises that '..from now on Enrico Simeoli of the Italian National Research Council ICT Dep., will take care of DCE and DCN data distribution and you can consider him as the contact person for every topic regarding data accessibility and availability.'

Congratulations to Federica and her radar team!
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