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. SuperDARN partners.

SuperDARN Supports Multiple Campaigns

By: ksterne  on: Thu., Nov. 05, 2015 02:45 PM EST  (136 Reads)
Starting in late September 2015, SuperDARN started a new campaign in order to support data being collected on the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission launched by NASA. In addition, the SuperDARN network has been scheduling modes to support new-moon periods over North America to collaborate with all-sky imagers in this area. Lastly, the SuperDARN network continues to identify and schedule periods where the Van Allen probe footprints are within SuperDARN radar field-of-views.

New Institute for Nagoya-based SuperDARN researchers

By: miker  on: Thu., Oct. 29, 2015 03:01 PM EDT  (182 Reads)
Effective, October 1, 2015, The institute previously known as the Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory of Nagoya University has been replaced by a new institute called

Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research, Nagoya University

The institute director is Prof. Shinobu Machida. The short form of the institute name is ISEE. The web page for the new institute can be found at http://www.isee.nagoya-u.ac.jp/en/index.html(external link)

We congratulate our SuperDARN colleagues on their appointments to the new institute!


Program Available for the 2015 SuperDARN Workshop at Leicester, UK

By: miker  on: Tue., May 12, 2015 08:01 AM EDT  (2032 Reads)
The 2015 SuperDARN Workshop will be held in Leicester, UK, June 1-5, 2015. More than 70 scientists, students, and engineers will gather to discuss radar operations and shared research interests. The Workshop is being hosted by the University of Leicester SuperDARN research group, Prof. Mark Lester, PI. The workshop program has been posted and recently revised at
https://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/physics/research/rspp/sd/superdarn-2015/sd2015(external link)
Accommodation at College Court can be purchased when registering for the meeting.

Pictured: Fielding Johnson Building of the University of Leicester, built in 1837.

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Kapuskasing Coaxial Upgrade - Oct. 2015

By: ksterne  on: Fri., Nov. 06, 2015 12:59 PM EST  (139 Reads)
As part of an outstanding project to upgrade accessibility to the array as well as to improve the performance of the radar, the Kapuskasing radar had two major projects completed within the last couple of months. The first of these projects was improving the current road from the radar building to the main array road as well as creating a brand new road from the main array road out and along the interferometer array. The second project was replacing the aged coaxial cables that carry signals from the antennas to the radar building which was performed by Kevin Sterne and Mike Ruohoniemi in mid- to late-October 2015.

Goose Bay Riometer Installation - Oct. 2015

By: ksterne  on: Thu., Nov. 05, 2015 03:17 PM EST  (134 Reads)
Over the Summer 2015 in talks between VT SuperDARN and University of Calgary groups, it was noticed that there was a gap in riometer coverage in the Labrador area. The University of Calgary group was interested in installing a riometer at the Goose Bay SuperDARN site in order to fill in this gap. After a few months of planning and coordination, a trip was made by Kevin Sterne (from VT) and Craig Unick (University of Calgary) to the Goose Bay site to install the riometer.

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