2013-2014 Science Planning Summaries
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Antarctic and conjugate research using SuperDARN

Program Manager:
Dr. Vladimir Papitashvili

Event Number: A-369-M/S

ASC POC/Implementer:
Samina Ouda / Brian Johnson

Dr. William Bristow (Principal Investigator)
http://superdarn.gi.alaska.eduExternal Non U.S. Government Site

University of Alaska Fairbanks
Geophysical Institute
Fairbanks, Alaska

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

Project Description:
The Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) is a global international radar network of 32 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 can 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 the South Pole 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 contract staff maintain system components and vehicular access to the array.

Deploying Team Members:

  • William Bristow (PI)
  • Alexander Morris

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