How to Acknowledge use of SuperDARN data
The research enabled by SuperDARN is due to the efforts of teams of scientists and engineers working in many countries to build and operate radars, process data and provide access, develop and improve data products, and assist users in interpretation. Users of SuperDARN data and data products are asked to acknowledge this support in presentations and publications. A brief statement on how to acknowledge use of SuperDARN data is provided in the following link: link) Users are also asked to consult with a SuperDARN PI prior to submission of work intended for publication. A listing of radars and PIs with contact information can be found at Radar Maps/Tables/Links

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.

The Boulder Space Weather Summer School (SWSS) is a two-week program, funded by NSF and hosted by HAO, that gives students a comprehensive introduction to the science of space weather: what it is, what it does, and what can be done about it. The theme is the physics of space weather and its impacts on the space environment, spacecraft, astronauts and ground based systems. Students will learn from leading researchers in the field and experts in forecasting space weather and meet other students working in the field. The program will appeal to graduate students starting their research careers in space physics as well as selected undergraduate students interested in exploring the topic.

The school wil be held July 18 – 29, 2022, in person in Boulder, CO (circumstances permitting). For more information see link)

Application Deadline: June 3, 2022
NASA has announced that the Phase I award to the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) for the Center for Geospace Storms (CGS) under the Diversity, Realize, Integrate, Venture, Educate (DRIVE) Science Center initiative will be extended into Phase II with five more years of funding. The goals of CGS are to fuse modeling and data to understand the physics of Earth's space environment (geospace) during storm conditions. The program of the DRIVE center is comprehensive with cutting edge research, community outreach, and student training. Virginia Tech is one of several participating universities with robust space programs. The lead researchers from Virginia Tech are Prof. J. Michael Ruohoniemi and Prof. Leonard Smith. The CGS DRIVE Center is led by the PI and director, Dr. Slava Merkin (JHU/APL), and deputy director, Dr. Michael Wiltberger (NCAR). News releases from these organizations and NASA are available at: link) link) link)

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The PI of the NSSC SuperDARN group, Dr. Jiaojiao Zhang, has announced that the deadline for submission of items has been extended for the 2022 edition of the SuperDARN Workshop. The workshop will be hosted by the National Space Science Center (NSSC), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The format will be virtual. Dr. Zhang adds that the pre-recorded presentations will be available May 23-June 3 through the Pre-recorded Conference Entrance. Note that May 15, 2022 is the deadline for submission of your pre-recorded presentation as well as registration and abstract submission.

The conference web site is: link)

For a synopsis of the SuperDARN Workshop, see 'Read More'

Major release of pyDARN software package announced by Data Visualization Working Group

By: miker  on: Thu., Apr. 21, 2022 04:49 PM EDT  (712 Reads)
On behalf of the SuperDARN Data Visualization Working Group (DVWG) Carley Martin has announced the release of pyDARN v3.0.

In this release, we include the optional cartopy dependency for underlaid maps and convection maps in magnetic coordinates. Along with a number of other bug fixes and improvements.

To install:
pip3 install --upgrade pydarn​

Or you can download the zip on Zenodo: link)

Any information on using pyDARN can be found in our documentation here: link)

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Following on a trip earlier this month to prepare the antenna poles meant for a dual radar build in Iceland for shipping, a Dartmouth College - Virginia Tech crew returned to the Blackstone radar site to actually load the poles and related hardware into two shipping containers. The trip took place June 14-16 under difficult conditions of high temperature and sometimes punishing humidity. The PI for the Iceland radar build, Simon Shepherd from Dartmouth College, directed the loading. From Virginia Tech four crew members returned for this trip (Mike Ruohoniemi, Kevin Sterne, Ian Kelley, Mark Higgins) and were joined by undergrad John Fiorini. The photo shows the crew triumphant after loading the second container with antenna base sections. On June 21 Kevin returned solo to the site to oversee pickup of the containers by a trucking company. The hardware is now on its way to Iceland to complete the 4th MSI SuperDARN radar build.
Photo credit: Ned Jones (Virginia Tech Southern Piedmont Agricultural Research and Extension Center)
In photo from left to right: Kevin, Mark, Simon, Ian, Mike, John
A combined crew of SuperDARN PIs, research staff, and students visited the Blackstone site June 6 - 10. The goal was to prepare antenna poles and hardware for shipment to Iceland where they will be incorporated into the build of a new dual radar site at Pykkvibaer. The equipment has been stored at the Blackstone site for about ten years as a site was sought to complete the build of radars under the NSF Mid-Sized Infrastructure (MSI) program. The new radars will effectively replace the previous radars located at Stokkseyri and Pykkvibaer. Much woodworking and heavy lifting was required on this trip. The DC crew counted Simon Shepherd (PI) and undergrad Nathaniel Alden while the VT crew counted Mike Ruohoniemi (PI), Kevin Sterne, grad student Ian Kelley, and undergrad Mark Higgins. A second visit is planned to relocate the equipment stacks into shipping containers for delivery to a shipyard.

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