Citation for the 2017 RAS Group Achievement Award

The Group Achievement Award for achievement by a large consortium in geophysics is
awarded to SuperDARN.

The Super Dual Auroral Radar Network, or SuperDARN, has worked as a co-operative
international consortium for over 20 years, and has proved to be immensely successful in
studying dynamical geophysical processes in the Earth’s magnetosphere, ionosphere, and
neutral atmosphere. SuperDARN consists of ground-based coherent-scatter radars making
measurements of the properties of the Earth’s ionised atmosphere on local and global scales.
It has provided insight into a broad range of processes and phenomena, including magnetic
reconnection, plasma convection, energy flow into the magnetosphere, global tides in the
mesosphere and thermosphere, and the disturbances that lead to the disruption of radio

From its beginnings as isolated, individually run radars, SuperDARN has grown into a
network covering extensive regions of both the northern and southern polar ionospheres. The
SuperDARN consortium is currently led by Professor Mark Lester, and involves 9 countries,
16 institutes and 33 radars worldwide. Over the past 20 years, SuperDARN has produced
numerous scientific firsts, and around 700 refereed papers. SuperDARN has been a scientific
backbone for the UK and international Magnetosphere, Ionosphere and Solar-Terrestrial
physics community, and the dedication of the SuperDARN teams ensures that it continues to
provide scientific breakthroughs.

For these reasons, the SuperDARN team is awarded the Royal Astronomical Society’s Group
Achievement Award.