How to Acknowledge use of SuperDARN data
The research enabled by SuperDARN is due to the efforts of teams of scientists and engineers working in many countries to build and operate radars, process data and provide access, develop and improve data products, and assist users in interpretation. Users of SuperDARN data and data products are asked to acknowledge this support in presentations and publications. A brief statement on how to acknowledge use of SuperDARN data is provided in the following link: http://vt.superdarn.org/tiki-read_article.php?articleId=376(external link) Users are also asked to consult with a SuperDARN PI prior to submission of work intended for publication. A listing of radars and PIs with contact information can be found at Radar Maps/Tables/Links

Welcome to SuperDARN!
SuperDARN stands for Super Dual Auroral Radar Network. The network consists of more than 30 low-power HF radars that look into Earth's upper atmosphere beginning at mid-latitudes and extending into the polar regions. The radars operate continuously and observe the motion of charged particles (plasma) in the ionosphere and other effects that provide scientists with information on Earth's space environment. The knowledge gained from this work provides insight into space weather hazards including radiation exposure for high-altitude travelers and disruptions to communication networks, navigation systems (GPS), and electrical power grids.

The SuperDARN Research Group at Virginia Tech (VT) collaborates with an international community of scientists and engineers to operate radars and share data. The VT Group operates five radars. For a summary of the radars and their affiliations, visit the Radar Maps/Tables/Links web page.

U.S. SuperDARN Collaboration
The U.S. component of SuperDARN is funded by the National Science Foundation under the Space Weather Research (SWR) Program as a collaboration between Virginia Tech (lead institution), Dartmouth College, University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL). Click logos for access to the web sites of the U.S. partners.


In addition to the U.S. partners, the SuperDARN collaboration counts many international partner institutions that share an interest in studies of the ionosphere and the relationship between the ionosphere and space weather. Click the logo below for access to the University of Saskatchewan SuperDARN site that features a real-time data display based on links to radars in North America.


Move of VT Servers Sept. 23rd

By: ksterne  on: Tue., Sep. 21, 2021 03:18 PM EDT  (83 Reads)
All updates have been completed. Please notify someone in the VT lab if you are finding something that is not functioning as it was before the move.

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First Paper in 'History of SuperDARN' series published

By: miker  on: Thu., Aug. 19, 2021 04:58 PM EDT  (286 Reads)
SuperDARN founder Ray Greenwald has published the first of a planned 3-part series on the history of SuperDARN in the journal 'History of Geo- and Space Sciences'. The paper covers the pre-SuperDARN era from experiments using HF coherent radar in Alaska with Jean-Paul Villain through the construction of radars at Goose Bay, Schefferville, and Halley Station and the development of techniques critical to the development of SuperDARN. The article is available for download from the site 'SuperDARN+https://hgss.copernicus.org/articles/12/77/2021/'

Ray dedicated this history to the memory of three SuperDARN pioneers who made significant contributions that demonstrated the value of HF radar measurements of the ionosphere and magnetosphere, particularly at high latitudes. They are John C. Samson, Jean-Paul Villain, and A. David M. Walker.

Congratulations, Ray! We look forward to the next installment.

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Release of Radar Software Toolkit, RST4.6 and How-to-Cite information

By: miker  on: Wed., Aug. 04, 2021 11:21 AM EDT  (410 Reads)
On behalf of the SuperDARN Data Analysis Working Group, Co-chairs Emma Bland (UNIS) and Kevin Sterne (Virginia Tech) have announced a new minor release of the Radar Software Toolkit, RST4.6. The new release can be downloaded here: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5156752.(external link) Users are encouraged to contact WG members if they have questions or find problems with the software. New contributions to the software are also most welcome. The WG can be contacted by opening an "issue" on Github (https://github.com/SuperDARN/rst/issues), or alternatively by email. For more information, click 'Read More'.
Emma and Kevin say 'Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to the development and testing of this release!'

To cite the software in publications: SuperDARN Data Analysis Working Group, Schmidt, M.T., Bland, E.C., Thomas, E.G., Burrell, A.G., Coco, I., Ponomarenko, P.V., Reimer, A.S., Sterne, K.T., & Walach, M.-T. (2021). SuperDARN Radar Software Toolkit (RST) (Version 4.6). Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5156752(external link)

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Following on a trip earlier this month to prepare the antenna poles meant for a dual radar build in Iceland for shipping, a Dartmouth College - Virginia Tech crew returned to the Blackstone radar site to actually load the poles and related hardware into two shipping containers. The trip took place June 14-16 under difficult conditions of high temperature and sometimes punishing humidity. The PI for the Iceland radar build, Simon Shepherd from Dartmouth College, directed the loading. From Virginia Tech four crew members returned for this trip (Mike Ruohoniemi, Kevin Sterne, Ian Kelley, Mark Higgins) and were joined by undergrad John Fiorini. The photo shows the crew triumphant after loading the second container with antenna base sections. On June 21 Kevin returned solo to the site to oversee pickup of the containers by a trucking company. The hardware is now on its way to Iceland to complete the 4th MSI SuperDARN radar build.
Photo credit: Ned Jones (Virginia Tech Southern Piedmont Agricultural Research and Extension Center)
In photo from left to right: Kevin, Mark, Simon, Ian, Mike, John
A combined crew of SuperDARN PIs, research staff, and students visited the Blackstone site June 6 - 10. The goal was to prepare antenna poles and hardware for shipment to Iceland where they will be incorporated into the build of a new dual radar site at Pykkvibaer. The equipment has been stored at the Blackstone site for about ten years as a site was sought to complete the build of radars under the NSF Mid-Sized Infrastructure (MSI) program. The new radars will effectively replace the previous radars located at Stokkseyri and Pykkvibaer. Much woodworking and heavy lifting was required on this trip. The DC crew counted Simon Shepherd (PI) and undergrad Nathaniel Alden while the VT crew counted Mike Ruohoniemi (PI), Kevin Sterne, grad student Ian Kelley, and undergrad Mark Higgins. A second visit is planned to relocate the equipment stacks into shipping containers for delivery to a shipyard.

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