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.


Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) provides STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Bridge Scholarships of $1,000 to students who will be sophomores during the 2020-2021 academic year. Students from any federally recognized minority group in STEM and enrolled full-time in a program of STEM at one of the five Virginia Space Grant member universities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Click the attached link for more information and the online application. http://vsgc.odu.edu/stembridge/(external link)

Deadline for students to apply is Monday, March 13, 2020

2020 ISR Summer School to be held at at Lowell, Massachusetts, July 27 - August 1

By: miker  on: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020 10:28 AM EST  (113 Reads)
The 2020 ISR Summer School will be held July 27 - August 1 in Lowell, Massachusetts. The school provides students with hands-on experience in designing and running experiments at incoherent scatter radar (ISR) facilities. During this summer school, students will have the opportunity to run experiments with the Millstone Hill incoherent scatter radar and use data from multiple ISR observatories, such as Poker Flat (PFISR), Arecibo, and Jicamarca. The ISR summer school is suitable for graduate and advanced undergraduate students and attendance is limited. For most students attending institutions within the United States, travel, housing and meals will be provided. For post-docs and students outside of the United States, funding will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All students who wish to apply for the ISR summer school must follow the application instructions at the summer school web site: https://amisr.com/school(external link)
The deadline for application submission is March 6, 2020.
Notice of acceptance will be sent to participants by March 27, 2020.

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The PI for the new HF radar located at Jiamusi, Dr. Jiaojiao Zhang of the National Space Science Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences, has been working with the SuperDARN Data Distribution Working Group (DDWG) to begin contributing data to the general distribution. The radar site is located in northeastern China (46.8 deg N, 130.5 deg E; 41.8 deg N in AACGM) and first observations were reported by Zhang et al. 2020. Data from the radar will be available from June 25, 2019. The name of the associated hdw.dat file is hdw.dat.jme and the listing name for the radar is "Jiamusi East".
Congratulations to Dr. Zhang and her radar team!
Photo: Side view of the main array of the Jiamusi radar (Photo credit: Jiaojiao Zhang)

SuperDARN Workshop 2020 to be held in South Africa, May 31 - June 5

By: miker  on: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020 02:27 PM EST  (66 Reads)
Drs. Michael Kosch and Judy Stephenson have announced that the SuperDARN 2020 Workshop will be held in South Africa, 31 May to 5 June. The Workshop is sponsored by the University of Kwazulu-Natal and the South African National Space Agency (SANSA). In their words: 'The location will be the Sani Pass hotel in the beautiful Drakensberg mountains. We will provide a single shuttle bus on 31 May and 5 June to/from this remote location. The venue is at high altitude in the winter, so please expect freezing but dry conditions at night, yet warm and sunny conditions in the daytime. Those venturing to the top of Sani pass into the Kingdom of Lesotho can expect freezing conditions all day with possible snow (with no skiing), but the highest pub in Africa has a solution for this.'
Conference web site: https://superdarn2019.ukzn.ac.za.(external link)
Abstract deadlines: Abstracts - 10 April
Registration deadlines: Early - 30 April Late - 10 May
Any enquiries, please contact Judy at .
Photo credit: Conference web site (Drakensberg cathedral peaks with aloes)

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PRIC Visitor Jianjun Liu makes working trip to the Blackstone radar

By: miker  on: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020 03:54 PM EST  (297 Reads)
Dr. Jianjun Liu from the Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC) made a working trip to the SuperDARN Blackstone site on January 13, 2020 and assisted in bringing this radar back on line. The crew included SuperDARN regulars Kevin Sterne and Mike Ruohoniemi and Virginia Tech undergrad Ian Kelley who performed significant diagnostics on the damaged parts. The PRIC is a member of the international SuperDARN collaboration (PI: Dr. Hongqiao Hu) and operates a SuperDARN radar at the Chinese Antarctic base at Zhongshan Station where Jianjun wintered over during a 14 month stay. He has been visiting the VT SuperDARN group since December and will return home later this week. The photo shows (from left to right) Jianjun, Kevin, and Mike standing in front of the Blackstone electronics.

Photo credit: Ian Kelley
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Visiting scientists tour the site of the Blackstone radar

By: miker  on: Fri., Apr. 26, 2019 05:02 PM EDT  (1926 Reads)
On April 25 a group of visitors was led by Kevin Sterne to make a tour of the Blackstone SuperDARN radar. Drs. Nozomu Nishitani and Tomo Hori and graduate student Kento Oya from ISEE Nagoya University were joined by Dr. Erxiao Liu from Hangzhou Dianzi University. The photograph shows the Japanese visitors with Kevin and towers of the two arrays and the equipment shelter in the background.

(Photo credit and missing from photo: Dr. Erxiao Liu)
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