SuperDARN Workshop 2016

Fairbanks, Alaska, 29 May - 3 June 2016

The annual Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) Workshop brings together a broad spectrum of scientists, students, and engineers from over 10 countries to discuss new research results in magnetospheric, ionospheric, and upper atmospheric physics, review technical and data analysis developments, and coordinate the network operations and sharing of the data. Contributions are welcome on any subject of interest to the community, not necessarily limited to research undertaken with SuperDARN. In 2016, the SuperDARN Workshop will be hosted by the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The below webpage contains most important information on the SuperDARN Workshop 2016. For any other queries, contact Roman Makarevich <rmakarevich at>.


Travel to and in Fairbanks

Fairbanks international airport (FAI) is serviced by Alaska Airlines and Delta, with several daily non-stop flights from Anchorage (ANC), Seattle (SEA), and Minneapolis/St Paul (MSP).

Most flights from the contiguous United States arrive between 8 pm and 2 am (one notable exception is flight AA 123 that arrives at 4:37 pm on Sunday May 29).

AIRLINK SHUTTLE SERVICE at (907) 452-3337 is available in traveling around Fairbanks.

The rates from the airport are as follows:

  • 1-3 people $10.50 ($3.50 per person or 1 person @ $10.50)
  • Each additional person greater than three persons =  $3.50
  • $1.00 per bag

Taxis are available at the airport. Rates from the airport: $20-$28.

There is a bus transit system within walking distance of the Westmark Hotel. Rate: $1.50 (one way) or $3.00 (day pass).



The abstract submission is now closed. The abstract booklet is posted here.

List of accepted abstracts:

Currie, J.: Causes of HF backscatter fadeout: A study of SuperDARN data during intense geomagnetic storms

Sarno-Smith, L. K.: Calculating ionospheric plasma densities from SuperDARN dual-frequency velocity measurements using artificial backscatter over EISCAT

Mtumela, Z: Large scale coordinated observations of Pc5 pulsation events

Zhang, Q.-H.: Earth's ion upflow associated with polar cap patches:global and in-situ observations

Zhang, Q.-H.: A comparison between large-scale irregularities and scintillations in the polar ionosphere

Chisham, G.: Calibrating SuperDARN interferometers using meteor backscatter

Lamarche, L. J.: Solar control of F-region radar backscatter: Further insight from observations in the southern polar cap

Lamarche, L. J.: A modeling study of asymmetries in plasma irregularity characteristics near gradient reversals

Burrell, A. G.: Calibrating SuperDARN interferometer arrays

Burrell, A. G.: High frequency groundscatter over Hankasalmi

Lawal, H. A.: Preliminary result on the statistical analysis on the effect of energy parameters on HF backscatter

Forsythe, V. V.: Dual radar investigation of E-region plasma waves in the southern polar cap

Greenwald, R. A.: Validation of SuperDARN methods for geolocation and refractive index determination using ionospheric ray tracing

Prikryl, P.: GPS phase scintillation during the geomagnetic storm of March 17, 2015: The relation to auroral electrojet currents

Prikryl, P.: A link between high-speed solar wind streams and extratropical cyclones

Forsythe, V. V.: Analysis of the decameter E-region irregularities and the plasma convection in the southern hemisphere

Theurer, T. E.: Evaluating transverse ionospheric drift velocity from spatial correlation analysis of oblique, high-frequency groundscatter

Shepherd, S. G.: Magnetic Local Time and AACGM-v2

Lan, A. L.: Double-frequency operation in the AgileDARN

Zhang, J. J.: Construction progress of the AgileDARN in China

Chen, X.: Dynamic properties of throat aurora revealed by simultaneous ground and satellite observations

Hori, T.: Dawn-dusk asymmetry of SI-associated transient ionospheric convection oscillation

Thomas, E. G.: SuperDARN convection models: Past, present, and future

Ponomarenko, P.: FITACF 3

Bland, E. C.: Large-scale ultra-low frequency waves in the southern polar cap

Frissell, N. A.: Sources and characteristics of Medium Scale Traveling Ionospheric Disturbances observed by High Frequency radars in the North American sector

Nishitani, N.: Identification of ionospheric electron density changes due to solar flares and energetic particle precipitation using the SuperDARN data

Liu, J.: Simultaneous ground-based optical and SuperDARN observations of the shock aurora

Parris, R. T.: Equatorial ionospheric HF radar: Simulation, design, and plans

Hori, T.: Longitudinally-propagating ionospheric flow structures observed by SuperDARN during March 17-18, 2015 storm

Lorentzen, D. A.: The Svalbard SuperDARN radar - first light

Hu, Z.-J.: Hemispheric asymmetry of the structure of dayside auroral oval and distribution of dayside auroral morphology

Lester, M.: SuperDARN investigations of an unusual sporadic-E layer as a result of a missile destruction

Imber, S. M.: Solar cycle variations in SuperDARN data

Bristow, W. A.: On the observed dissipation of F-region FAI after cessation of heating

Yukimatu, A. S.: Design of upgraded antenna for Syowa radars

Koustov, S.: Nighttime PolarDARN E-region echoes in the presence of sporadic E layers

Malhotra, G.: HF radar observations of a Quasi Biennial Oscillation in mid-latitude mesospheric winds

Maimaiti, M.: Dynamics of plasma convection in the reverse convection region under extreme northward IMF conditions

Stoneback, R. A.: Characterizing the spatio-temporal response of high latitude convection using SuperDARN, DMSP, and ACE

Stoneback, R. A.: The diffraction of power in the polar ionosphere

Hampton, D. L.: Methods for estimating regional auroral electron energy deposition from ground-based optical measurements

Waters, C. L.: Comparison of 7 and 8 pulse transmit sequences

Chakraborty, S.: Characterization of Sudden Ionospheric Disturbance (SID) based on statistical analysis of events of Shortwave Fadeout observed in daytime SuperDARN ground-scatter

Simon, M. R.: Possible correlation of GPS scintillation data and SuperDARN data at polar latitudes

Shi, X.: Global Pi2 pulsations observed by THEMIS spacecraft, ground magnetometers, and mid-latitude SuperDARN radars during substorm onset

Nishitani,N.: Ionospheric convection observed by the SuperDARN Hokkaido Pair of (HOP) radars associated with low-latitude auroras

Gillies, R.: Joint RISR-SuperDARN study of the plasma throat during a poleward excursion of the IMF Bz

Klein, J. T.: Hardware and software design for dual polarization measurements at Kodiak

Conde, M. C.: Multi-instrument studies of thermospheric weather above Alaska


Venue and Accommodation

The venue for the conference will be the Westmark Hotel and Conference Center in Fairbanks: 813 Noble Street, Fairbanks, AK, 99701, USA.

The accommodation details are as follows.

  • The room rates are $139 (standard) and $159 (suites) plus 8% tax
  • Rate is available 2 days prior and post pending availability
  • The Group Code is DARN052716
  • Individual reservations can be made by guests calling the reservations desk at +1-800-544-0970 or…
  • They can go online at to make reservations using the Group Code DARN052716.
  • The cutoff date for booking at this Special Rate is April 27, 2016; after this date all unused space will be released for general sale and the rate will automatically increase to the Leisure Rate.



Registration is now open at

The early bird registration deadline is April 27, 2016.

The registration rates are as follows:

  • Early bird registration by April 27, 2016USD$510.00 (includes icebreaker on Sunday, breakfasts Monday-Friday, lunches Monday-Friday, dinners Monday-Wednesday, conference banquet on Thursday, tours on Tuesday and Wednesday)
  • On-site registration and online registration after April 27, 2016: USD$620.00 (includes most meals as above, but due to our vendor restrictions, we are unable to guarantee the same selection of meals)
  • Guest registration: USD$230.00 (includes dinners Monday-Wednesday, conference banquet on Thursday, tours on Tuesday and Wednesday)

If you have any questions about the registration process, contact the UAF GI event coordinator (uaf-gi-events at or +1-907-474-7664).


Student Support

Partial support of student participation in the meeting is available for eligible student participants, thanks to generous support from NSF.

Eligibility: A student will need to present a paper at the meeting (either oral or poster) to be eligible for support.

Application deadline: May 1, 2016

Application: To receive support,

  1. Submit an abstract as a presenting author by April 11, 2016 (click here)
  2. Fill a W-9 form (click here to download pdf) for U.S. participants or form W-8BEN (click here) for international participants
  3. Send the filled form to the UAF GI event coordinator, Lea Gardine, <uaf-gi-events at> NO LATER THAN May 1, 2016
  4. Attend and present the paper at the Workshop

If you have any questions about the forms or application process, contact the UAF GI event coordinator (uaf-gi-events at or +1-907-474-7664).

Support amount and coverage: The amount of support for each student will depend on the number of student applicants. It is anticipated that a significant portion or all of the meeting registration fees will be covered. In the event of fewer than 20 students applying we will be able to reimburse a portion of the accommodation costs up to a total of $1200 per student (including the registration fee).

Payments: U.S. participants will receive a check during the workshop and international participants will be contacted for routing information to receive an online transfer immediately following the workshop, unless other arrangements are made in advance.



Two excursions are planned as part of the workshop:

  • Tour of the Poker Flat Research Range (PFRR) on Tuesday. During the PFRR visit you will have the opportunity to
    • Visit the Poker Flat Incoherent Scatter Radar (PFISR) phased array facility.
    • Take a tour of the rocket launch facilities.
  • Trip to Chena Hot Springs on Wednesday. During the visit to the Chena Hot Springs, you will have the opportunity to
    • Take a dip. You will need to purchase a swim pass ($15 for adults) and bring a swim suit and a towel. Towel service is available for $5. The Hot Springs average temperature is 106 deg F.
    • Take a hike. Hikes range between Easy and Strenuous. One student guide will take one group on an Easy hike, the other will take the second group on a Moderate hike.
    • Take a free geothermal renewable energy tour. Check-in at the Activity Center by 3:45 pm to sign up for the 1-h tour at 4 pm.
    • Take a walk around the resort. Dog kennels, caribou enclosures, rustic cabins, moose antler arch, etc.
    • Other activities are available through the resort. Ice museum, horse rides, guided ATV tours, etc. See for details.
    • Dinner at 6 pm is included.



The list of registered participants (as of 20 May, 2016 3:26 PM):

Simon Shepherd, Dartmouth College, US

Julie Currie, University of Newcastle, Australia

Colin Waters, University of Newcastle, Australia

Keith Kotyk, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Kevin Krieger, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Zejun Hu, Polar Research Institute of China

Hongqiao Hu, Polar Research Institute of China

Jianjun Liu, Polar Research Institute of China

Marci Detwiller, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Mike Ruohoniemi, Virginia Tech, US

Mark Lester, University of Leicester, UK

Jiaojiao Zhang, National Space Science Center, China

Kevin Sterne, Virginia Tech, US

Venita Waters, Accompanying person

Roman Makarevich, University of Alaska Fairbanks, US

Angeline Burrell, University of Leicester, UK

Timothy Theurer, University of Alaska Fairbanks, US

Pasha Ponomarenko, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Dag Lorentzen, University Centre in Svalbard, Norway

Lisa Baddeley, University Centre in Svalbard, Norway

Jean-Pierre St-Maurice, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Olena Ponomarenko, Accompanying person

Leslie Lamarche, University of Alaska Fairbanks, US

Victoriya Forsythe, University of Alaska Fairbanks, US

Michelle Simon, University of Alaska Fairbanks, US

Jonathan Klein, University of Alaska Fairbanks, US

William Bristow, University of Alaska Fairbanks, US

Alexandre Koustov, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Tomoaki Hori, Nagoya University, Japan

Suzanne Imber, University of Leicester, UK

Paul Prikryl, University of New Brunswick and Natural Resources Canada

Gareth Chisham, British Antarctic Survey, UK

Kathryn McWilliams, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Ailan Lan, National Space Science Center, China

Evan Thomas, Dartmouth College, US

Hammed Lawal, University of Leicester, UK

Lois Sarno-Smith, University of Michigan, US

Nozomu Nishitani, Nagoya University, Japan

Zolile Mtumela, SANSA, South Africa

Sessai Yukimatu, National Institute of Polar Research, Japan

Maimaitirebike Maimaiti, Virginia Tech, US

Todd Parris, Air Force Research Laboratory, US

Jeffrey Holmes, Air Force Research Laboratory, US

Emma Bland, La Trobe University, Australia

Robert McCoy, University of Alaska Fairbanks, US

Russell Stoneback, University of Texas at Dallas, US

Jo Baker, Virginia Tech, US

Don Hampton, University of Alaska Fairbanks, US

Ray Greenwald, Virginia Tech, US

Mark Conde, University of Alaska Fairbanks, US

Qinghe Zhang, Shandong University, China

Maria Federica Marcucci, INAF-IAPS, Italy



The detailed provisional program is poster here.

The provisional program is as follows.


Date Time Description
Sunday 29 May 16:00 - Onsite registration opens
  17:00 - 19:00 Ice-breaker
Monday 30 May 09:00 - 12:30 Science session 1
  12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
  14:00 - 18:00 Science session 2
  19:00 - Working Group meetings
Tuesday 31 May 09:00 - 12:00 Science session 3
  12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
  13:00 - 15:00 Poster session (science session 4)
  15:00 - 20:00 Excursion to Poker Flat Research Range
Wednesday 1 June 09:00 - 12:00 Science session 5
  12:00 - 22:00 Excursion to Chena Hot Springs (box lunch on the bus)
  18:00 - 20:00 Dinner at Chena Hot Springs Resort
Thursday 2 June 09:20 - 12:00 Science session 6
  12:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  14:00 - 17:00 Science session 7
  19:00 - 22:00 Conference dinner at the Westmark hotel
Friday 3 June 09:20 - 11:30 Science session 8
  11:30 - 13:00 Lunch
  13:00 Meeting ends