• Syowa East HF Radar

  • Syowa South HF Radar

  • King Salmon HF Radar

  • Hokkaido Rikubetsu East HF Radar

  • Hokkaido Rikubetsu East HF Radar

What's SuperDARN?

SuperDARN (Super Dual Auroral Radar Network) is an international collaboration project by eleven countries in the world. As of 01 January 2015, SuperDARN consists of twenty-two sites in the northern hemisphere and twelve sites in the southern hemisphere, covering over the northern and southern high- and mid-latitude regions. Among them, Five radars have been operated by Japanese groups (2 in Syowa Station by National Institute of Polar Research, 1 in King Salmon, Alaska by National Institute of Information and Communications Technology and 2 in Hokkaido, Japan by Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research, Nagoya University).

During common-time mode operation, the SuperDARN network monitors global-scale ionospheric plasma convection of the high- and mid-latitude regions with time resolution of 1-2 min. The radars can also monitor ionospheric plasma density perturbations, meteor and mesosphere echoes. Using these capabilities, the SuperDARN network is used not only for the ionospheric research but also for the thermospheric and mesospheric research.

Link to QL plot

Link to Map plot

SuperDARN Workshop 2021SuperDARN 2020 Virtual WorkshopSD workshop 2019 in Japan

What's New

Jun., 2021
Dr. Nishitani et al., the first mid-lat. SD review paper received the PEPS Most Cited Paper Award 2021
Mar., 2021
Web page for SuperDARN 2021 virtual workshop has just been opened by South African group.
Mar., 2021
FY2020 domestic SuperDARN science meeting was held online on March 5th, 2021.
Nov., 2020
SuperDARN 2021 Workshop will be held online: May 24th to 28th, 2021. SuperDARN 2022 Workshop will be held in China, and 2023 workshop will be in South Africa.
May, 2020
SuperDARN 2020 (First ever) Virtual Workshop will be held online: June 1st and 5th, 2020.
Apr., 2020
Natsuo Sato was awarded a 2020 JpGU Fellow.
Apr., 2020
SuperDARN Workshop 2021 will be held in South Africa during 24-28 May 2021.
Mar., 2020
Deadline for submission to SuperDARN Special Issue in Polar Science journal extended to the end of June, 2020
Mar., 2020
SuperDARN Workshop 2020 is postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19.
Feb., 2020
SuperDARN Workshop 2020 will be held in South Africa between May 31 and June 5, 2020 hosted by University of KwaZulu-Natal and SANSA. Try to join it! Due date for abstract submission is April 10th. Details are shown at the official site, https://superdarn2019.ukzn.ac.za/
Dec., 2019
Deadline for submission to SuperDARN Special Issue in Polar Science journal extended to the end of March, 2020
June, 2019
Open Call for Papers on SuperDARN Special Issue in Polar Science journal
June, 2019
Dr. Nozomu Nishitani (ISEE, Nagoya Univ.) has been elected as a vice Chair of the SuperDARN Executive Council.
June, 2019
Domestic SuperDARN meeting "present and future" was held jointly with the SuperDARN Workshop 2019 and NIPR SuperDARN Science meeting 2019.
June, 2019
The SuperDARN Workshop 2019 was held at the foot of Mt. Fuji, Highland Resort Hotel & Spa in Fujiyoshida, Japan from 2 to 7 June, 2019. The website is http://superdarn2019.nict.go.jp/ .
March, 2019
Mid-latitude SuperDARN review paper has been published in PEPS journal. The paper can be accessed here.
October, 2018
Domestic SuperDARN science meeting organised by 3 institutes was held at Nagoya University on October 16-17, 2018.
September, 2017
Domestic SuperDARN science meeting organised by 3 institutes was held at NICT.
April, 2017
QL plot page and Map plot page are available.
January, 2017
2nd ISEE/CICR International Workshop on "Review of the accomplishments of the mid-latitude SuperDARN network" was held at Nagoya University.
November, 2016
"About SuperDARN" pages are available.
Aug. 9-10, 2016
Domestic SuperDARN science meeting organised by 3 institutes was held at NIPR.
August, 2016
SuperDARN JAPAN website is partially available.
Sep. 14-15, 2015
Domestic SuperDARN science meeting organised by 3 institutes was held at Nagoya University.
  • NIPR Syowa radar
  • NICT King Salmon radar
  • Nagoya-u hokkaido radar