SuperDARN Canada: A Global Space Weather Collaboration

The Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) is a global network of scientific radars deployed to monitor conditions in the Earth’s space environment. Canada’s contribution to the international collaboration is the SuperDARN Canada facility consisting of radars at: Saskatoon, SK; Clyde River, NU; Prince George, BC; Rankin Inlet, NU; and Inuvik, NWT. SuperDARN Canada plays a vital role in understanding solar wind impacts that can harm the operations of communications satellites, power networks, and navigation systems around the world. The data provided by SuperDARN Canada contributes to understanding space weather and mitigating against adverse space weather effects, such as the magnetic storm that caused the 1989 Quebec Hydro blackout. SuperDARN Canada also provides essential support to Canadian and international satellite missions. As a global leader and pioneer in radar-based space weather research, SuperDARN Canada will: take advantage of SuperDARN’s global network to deliver sustainable value to our stakeholders in industry, science, technology and government; pioneer new technologies to accelerate space science research; and advance space science research using a highly integrated, sustainable network of radars.

Project leads: 
Kathryn McWilliams, Kevin Krieger – University of Saskatchewan
Timeframe: 
2012-present