Repairs underway to the SuperDARN radar at McMurdo Station, Antarctica
VT Graduate student Nathaniel Frissell is assisting a University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) team lead by PI Bill Bristow (*Click photo* to read News item)
SuperDARN: An International Collaboration
SuperDARN is made possible through the cooperation and funding of nine different countries... a true international effort!
State and National Awards to Australian SuperDARN Researchers
Profs. Jim Whittington, Peter Dyson and John Devlin (SuperDARN PI) of La Trobe University pose with the 2014 Australian Engineering Excellence Award for Innovation (*Click photo* to read News item)
Radar coverage tool
Plot SuperDARN fields-of-view at any date since its beginning, or watch a full time lapse of SuperDARN development.
Mapping the global pattern of ionospheric plasma convection
View global convection maps using the Map Potential Plot tool available on the VT SuperDARN web site.
DaViTpy: the SuperDARN Data Visualization and Analysis Toolkit - in Python
Experience the power of Python to browse, mine and visualize SuperDARN data. Use Github to access and/or contribute to our new analysis toolkit. Presented at the 2013 SuperDARN student workshop.
Footpoints of the RBSP satellites in the ionosphere
Click on this image to see more orbit projections for various days.
Award to SuperDARN Founder
Dr. Ray Greenwald (center) is congratulated on his Nicolet Prize lecture given at the Fall 2013 Meeting of the AGU by Dr. David Sibeck (NASA/Goddard) and Prof. Mark Lester (U. Leicester, UK)
First large-scale instantaneous mapping of Sub Auroral Polarization Stream (SAPS)
Map of the line-of-sight plamsa velocity for 08:40 UT, March 9th, 2011 (after Clausen et al. )
Coordinated mapping with Total Electron Content (TEC) obtained from GPS measurements
The SAPS feature observed with SuperDARN is seated in the trough-like feature mapped by TEC
Ray tracing tool
Model HF propagation in the ionosphere for any SuperDARN radars or your own fantasy HF radar...
Construction of the SuperDARN radars at Adak, Alaska (Credit: NSF Mid-Sized Infrastructiure Program)
View of the completed arrays of antenna poles - September, 2012 (Photo credit: N. Frissell)
Heating experiment with EISCAT and SuperDARN/CUTLASS - July 3, 2012
The SuperDARN/CUTLASS radar at Hankasalmi (Finland) observes scatter during 2-min intervals of ionospheric heating
Geometry of heating experiment with EISCAT and SUPERDARN/CUTLASS
The SuperDARN/CUTLASS radars at Pykkvibaer and Hankasalmi look over the site of the EISCAT heater at Tromso (Norway)(credit: Sebastien's 'Radar Finder' tool)
Welcome to SuperDARN!
SuperDARN stands for Super Dual Auroral Radar Network. The network consists of over 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.
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