2019-2020 Science Planning Summaries
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2019-2020 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

Antarctic and conjugate research using SuperDARN

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A-369-M/S Research Location(s): Arrival Heights, Antenna Field


Event Number:
NSF/OPP Award 1443504

Program Manager:
Dr. Robert Moore

ASC POC/Implementer:
John Rand / Elizabeth Kauffman / Paul Sullivan

Principal Investigator(s)

Dr. William Bristow
Pennsylvania State University
Fairbanks, Alaska

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Supporting Stations: McMurdo Station, South Pole Station
Research Locations: Arrival Heights, Antenna Field


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 the geomagnetic conjugacy of global magnetic storms and substorms and the differences in 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 enhance the usefulness of data from other instruments.

Field Season Overview

Two team members will deploy to both McMurdo and South Pole to perform system maintenance, such as inspecting the equipment, tightening guy wires and antennae, replacing shackles, and re-leveling the radar poles. They will also check the transmitter's operational status and make any adjustments needed to bring the beam into optimal working condition.

Deploying Team Members

  • Bryant Klug (Team Leader)