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.

Tracker tool for finding THEMIS camping beam data now available

By: miker  on: Thu., Oct. 06, 2016 12:08 PM EDT  (257 Reads)
A tool for finding periods and radars with high time resolution radar data collected with THEMIS mode has been developed by Ms. Xueling Shi, graduate student in the VT SuperDARN group. It can be accessed from the link to Data Inventory in the sidebar menu or linked to directly (scroll down one frame) via

http://vt.superdarn.org/tiki-index.php?page=Data+Inventory(external link)

The period covered is 2010 - 2015. THEMIS mode features a camping beam which is sampled on every second sounding resulting in time resolution of ~6 sec in this beam direction. The THEMIS tool identifies the camping beam.

Xueling welcomes your interest in these data and stands ready to assist in developing related studies and collaborations. Contact her at

Real-time display of radar data available from University of Saskatchewan website

By: miker  on: Mon., Oct. 03, 2016 04:44 PM EDT  (294 Reads)
The University of Saskatchewan SuperDARN group has made available a real-time display of data from some of the North American radars. Link to the display via the 'SuperDARN Data' > 'Real Time Data (USask)' item in the sidebar menu or by

http://superdarn.usask.ca/realtimedisplay.html(external link)

Select the radars to display using the menu in the lower right hand corner.

The real-time display is maintained by Keith Kotyk. The home page for the University of Saskatchewan group can be accessed at http://superdarn.usask.ca/(external link)

Frederica Marcucci becomes PI for the Dome C East radar

By: miker  on: Wed., June 15, 2016 10:18 AM EDT  (812 Reads)
As announced at the SuperDARN 2016 Workshop in Fairbanks (Alaska), Maria Frederica Marcucci is the new PI for the SuperDARN radar at Dome C in Antarctica. Frederica succeeds the original radar PI, Ermanno Amata, who has retired but remains active The radar is located near the southern magnetic pole and began operation in January, 2013. Federica is based at the INAF-Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (Rome). The Dome C East radar was constructed with the support of Italian and French funding agencies and it is now maintained with the support of the Italian National Program for Antarctic Research (PNRA).

Congratulations, Frederica!

For historical notes on the radar see http://vt.superdarn.org/tiki-index.php?page=Dome+C+Info(external link)

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Blackstone Trip, Nov. 2016

By: ksterne  on: Mon., Nov. 07, 2016 03:34 PM EST  (129 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  (368 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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