Review of the accomplishments of mid-latitude Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) HF radars

Nozomu Nishitani, John Michael Ruohoniemi, Mark Lester, Joseph Benjamin Harold Baker, Alexandre Vasilyevich Koustov, Simon G. Shepherd, Gareth Chisham, Tomoaki Hori, Evan G. Thomas, Roman A. Makarevich, Aurélie Marchaudon, Pavlo Ponomarenko, James A. Wild, Stephen E. Milan, William A. Bristow, John Devlin, Ethan Miller, Raymond A. Greenwald, Tadahiko Ogawa, Takashi Kikuchi

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The Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) is a network of high-frequency (HF) radars located in the high- and mid-latitude regions of both hemispheres that is operated under international cooperation. The network was originally designed for monitoring the dynamics of the ionosphere and upper atmosphere in the high-latitude regions. However, over the last approximately 15 years, SuperDARN has expanded into the mid-latitude regions. With radar coverage that now extends continuously from auroral to sub-auroral and mid-latitudes, a wide variety of new scientific findings have been obtained. In this paper, the background of mid-latitude SuperDARN is presented at first. Then, the accomplishments made with mid-latitude SuperDARN radars are reviewed in five specified scientific and technical areas: convection, ionospheric irregularities, HF propagation analysis, ion-neutral interactions, and magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) waves. Finally, the present status of mid-latitude SuperDARN is updated and directions for future research are discussed. [Figure not available: see fulltext.].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number27
JournalProgress in Earth and Planetary Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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