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.




ISEE / Nagoya University hosts meeting of SuperDARN mid-latitude researchers, January 10-14, 2017

By: miker  on: Thu., Jan. 12, 2017 12:19 AM EST  (129 Reads)
Dr. Nozomu Nishitani of the Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research (ISEE) of Nagoya University hosted a workshop to review the accomplishments of the mid-latitude component of the SuperDARN network. The participants include the PIs of current and future mid-latitude radars and specialists in the research that is enabled by mid-latitude radar observations. Just more than ten years have passed since the first radars specifically purposed as mid-latitude instruments came on the air at NASA Wallops Space Flight Center in Virginia (2005) and at Rikubetsu Observatory in Hokkaido (2006). The workshop was made possible by an award from the ISEE Center for International Collaborative Research (CICR): http://cicr.isee.nagoya-u.ac.jp/index_e.html(external link)

Photo credit: Dr. Pasha Ponomarenko (U. Saskatchewan) and Ms. Yoko Tanaka (ISEE)
The Exploration of energization and Radiation in Geospace (ERG) satellite mission got underway on December 20, 2016 with the launch of an Epsilon rocket from the Uchinoura Space Center on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu. The aim of the mission is to study Earth's radiation belts. Coordinated operations are planned with the SuperDARN radars. Shortly after launch the satellite was officially nicknamed "ARASE", which is a Japanese word for a river raging with rough water and also the name of a river close to the Uchinoura Space Center. A news article about ARASE that features an interview with SuperDARN PI Nagatsuma-san is available from the NHK World service at
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/videos/20161221173156838/(external link)

Photo credit: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

New SuperDARN radar at Longyearbyen (Svalbard) Comes Online

By: ksterne  on: Wed., Dec. 14, 2016 03:05 PM EST  (229 Reads)
A SuperDARN radar has been built on the grounds of the Kjell Henriksen Observatory (KHO) located on the Svalbard Archipelago far to the north of Scandinavia. First light was announced by the radar group at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) led by new SuperDARN PI Dr. Dag Lorentzen and Dr. Lisa Baddeley. The radar is named for the nearby town of Longyearbyen and started contributing data to the SuperDARN stream on October 19, 2016. The Longyearbyen radar is the fourth to begin operations in the northern polar cap region and the first to be sponsored by Norway.

Congratulations to Dag, Lisa, and their team at UNIS!

Photo credit: Mikko Syrjasuo (UNIS)

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Blackstone Trip, Nov. 2016

By: ksterne  on: Mon., Nov. 07, 2016 03:34 PM EST  (866 Reads)
After many, many years, the grounding work along the antenna poles had not been completed. On each antenna pole, a ground rod had been driven into the ground and a copper busbar had been attached under one of the bolts on the base of the pole. So a trip was made to the site by Kevin Sterne, Shibaji Chakraborty and Muhammad Rafiq to complete the grounding work.

Blackstone Trip, July 2016

By: ksterne  on: Fri., Sep. 02, 2016 03:17 PM EDT  (1117 Reads)
Brett Chrisler, the Fort Hays State University student intern, made a trip to the Blacksburg SuperDARN lab in early July. During his trip, Brett would review research areas that he can explore with our group as well as to make a trip to the Blackstone radar to show him another style of SuperDARN radar and gain more hands-on training.

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