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.

Dr. Jo Baker Honored as Virginia Tech Scholar of the Week

By: miker  on: 02:16 PM EDT  (9 Reads)
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation has recognized Jo Baker as Virginia Tech Scholar of the Week. Jo is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering, a member of the Space@VT consortium, and a leader of the Virginia Tech SuperDARN research group.

Congratulations, Jo!

The official announcement can be accessed at: https://www.research.vt.edu/scholar-of-the-week/joseph-baker(external link)

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Frederica Marcucci becomes PI for the Dome C East radar

By: miker  on: Wed., June 15, 2016 10:18 AM EDT  (528 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)

New Chair of the Scheduling Working Group is Evan Thomas

By: miker  on: Mon., June 13, 2016 11:10 AM EDT  (502 Reads)
Gareth Chisham (British Antarctic Survey) has stepped down as Chair of the Scheduling Working Group. Following discussions at the SuperDARN 2016 Workshop at Fairbanks, Alaska the gavel has passed to Evan Thomas, who has recently taken up an NSF-funded postdoctoral position at Dartmouth College following completion of his degree at Virginia Tech. This working group is charged with drawing up monthly operating schedules for the radars and engages the person in each PI group with the major responsibility for uploading the schedules to the radars.

A summary of the workings of the SWG can be found at the working group website:

http://vt.superdarn.org/tiki-index.php?page=Scheduling+Working+Group(external link)

PI-ship at BAS for the Halley radar transfers to Gareth Chisham

By: miker  on: Mon., May 23, 2016 10:02 AM EDT  (778 Reads)
Outgoing PI at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), Dr. Mervyn Freeman, has announced that, pending approval of the PI committee at the upcoming SuperDARN Workshop at Fairbanks, Alaska, the new PI for the Halley radar will be Dr. Gareth Chisham. Gareth is well known to the SuperDARN community for his extensive body of research utilizing the SuperDARN radar database, his experience in scheduling all the SuperDARN radars, and the much-cited SuperDARN review paper he first-authored in 2007.

Congratulations, Gareth!

Halley was the first SuperDARN-type radar constructed in the southern Hemisphere. For additional historical notes, see
http://vt.superdarn.org/tiki-index.php?page=Halley+Info(external link)

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Blackstone Trip, July 2016

By: ksterne  on: Fri., Sep. 02, 2016 03:17 PM EDT  (109 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.

Goose Bay Trip, June 2016

By: ksterne  on: Fri., Sep. 02, 2016 03:10 PM EDT  (125 Reads)
The replacement of the ground coax is a longstanding project that needed to be completed at Goose Bay. In preparation for this project, a work order was placed with Serco to clear all the trees and brush that have taken over the antenna array grounds over the years.

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