2015-2016 Science Planning Summaries
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2015-2016 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

Antarctic and conjugate research using SuperDARN


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Summary

Event Number:
A-369-M/S
NSF/OPP Award 1443504

Program Manager:
Dr. Vladimir Papitashvili

ASC POC/Implementer:
Samina Ouda / Elizabeth Kauffman / Paul Sullivan


Principal Investigator

Dr. William Bristow
wabristow@alaska.edu

University of Alaska Fairbanks
Geophysical Institute
Fairbanks, Alaska

Project Web Site:
http://superdarn.gi.alaska.edu External Web Site


Location

Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station, South Pole Station
Research Locations: Near stations


Description

The Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) is a global international radar network of 22 installations observing high-frequency (HF) bands between eight and 22 MHz. These systems help answer questions about geomagnetic conjugacy of global magnetic storms and substorms and differences in the ionospheric plasma convection caused by the asymmetry of solar illumination in both hemispheres. The SuperDARN network is able to observe global-scale convection with excellent temporal and spatial resolution, which makes it a powerful tool for ground-based research, enabling scientists to address fundamental and important questions of space physics. The data it acquires are also relevant to space-weather studies and enhances the usefulness of data from other instruments.


Field Season Overview

Each austral summer researchers deploy to McMurdo and South Pole Stations to perform system maintenance such as inspecting the equipment, tightening guy wires and antennas, replacing shackles, re-leveling the radar poles, and updating/repairing the on-site computer system. Throughout the year, contractor staff maintain system components and vehicular access to the array.


Deploying Team Members

  • Jonathan Klein
  • Jeff Spaleta