SuperDarn 2018


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The SuperDARN international consortium consists of a set of more than 35 High Frequency (HF) radars. It was created in 1995 and as of today, it includes 10 different countries. These radars probe the dynamics of the Earth's upper atmosphere, called the ionosphere, in both the northern and southern hemispheres. This one is in continuous interaction with the particles and the electromagnetic radiation coming from the Sun. The network initially limited to the auroral zones, is currently developing in the polar caps and at mid-latitudes. The planetary coverage of the network and its continuous operation make of SuperDARN a critical tool to characterize the global state of the Earth's space environment. France, which has been in the consortium since its beginning in 1995, possesses one radar in the Kerguelen Islands.

The Earth's space environment plays an increasingly critical role in human activities, including its impact on ground-ground, ground-satellite and GNSS-dependent communications. The ionospheric dynamics measured by the SuperDARN radars make it possible to better describe the terrestrial space environment, to understand its interactions with the magnetosphere, sphere of influence of the Earth's magnetic field and with the upper atmosphere. These measurements also give access to the physical quantities necessary for its modeling in the framework of Space Weather.

The SuperDARN workshop is held annually and allows all consortium members to come together to present their latest scientific results, share their experiences on radar techniques and discuss improvements in measurement and data analysis. The workshop is of course open to the entire international community working on the physics of the Earth's space environment and every year, participants from outside the consortium also bring their expertise in this area of research.

The “Planets, Environments and Space Plasmas” (PEPS) team of the Institute for Research in Astrophysics and Planetology (IRAP) of Toulouse (National Center for Scientific Research, CNRS and University Toulouse 3 - Paul Sabatier, UT3) will host the SuperDARN Workshop 2018 at the Oceanological Observatory of Banyuls-sur-Mer (Occitanie, France) from the 3rd to the 8th of June 2018.





  • Deadline for early bird registration: 30th April 2018
  • Deadline for late bird registration: 27th May 2018
  • Deadline for abstract: 16th April 2018
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