PolarDARN - The northern hemisphere polar portion of the international SuperDARN (Super Dual Auroral Radar Network) program

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Gwich'in Settlement Area

Tags: physical sciences, climatology, weather, magnetic field

Principal Investigator: Sofko, George J (9)
Licence Number: 14303
Organization: University of Saskatchewan
Licenced Year(s): 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2004
Issued: Mar 10, 2008
Project Team: Dr. A. V. Koustov (co-investigating scientist, U of SK), Dr. Kathryn McWilliams (co-investigating scientist, U of SK), Dr. Glenn Hussey (co-investigating scientist, U of SK), Dr. Dieter Andre (co-investigating scientist, U of SK), Dr. John MacDougall (co-investigating scientist, UWO), Dr. Frances Fenrich (co-investigating scientist, U of Alberta), Dr. Eric Donovan (co-investigating scientist, U of Calgary), Dr. J-P St-Maurice (co-investigating scientist, U of SK), Dr. Robert Rankin (co-investigating scientist, U of Alberta), Dr. Ian Mann (co-investigating scientist, U of Alberta), Dr. Andrew Yau (co-investigating scientist, U of Calgary), Dr. Masakazu Watanabe (Research Associate, U of SK), Dr. Brian Jackel (co-investigating scientist, U of Calgary), Dr. Thayil (Jay) Jayachandran (co-investigating scientist, UNB), Dr. David Boteler (co-investigating scientist, NRCan Geomagnetic Div., Ottawa), Dr. Paul Prikryl (co-investigating scientist, Communications Res.Center, Ottawa), Dr. Gordon James (co-investigating scientist, Communications Res. Center, Ottawa)

Objective(s): The radar network is designed to measure voltage patterns several hundred kilometers above the ground, as these patterns project out into space along the Earth's magnetic field lines.

Project Description: The objective of this research is to measure high and low voltage patterns hundreds of kilometers above the ground and out into space along the Earth's magnetic field lines. This information is critical to personnel in space and to maintenance of the satellite telecommunications.

Radar transmitting and receiving electronics will be installed in a small building with an antenna array outside. A local Field Support Officer (technician from the Aurora Research Institute) will be hired for maintenance. Delivery of data and assessment of operating status will be through New North Networks, Inuvik. A University of Saskatchewan engineer will make trips to Inuvik when problems arise that cannot be handled by the ARI personnel. North Wind Industries is used for brush cutting and road maintenance. There is possible involvement of Gwich'n students for summer work.
Seminars will be provided upon request. Scientific publications resulting from the project will be made available to the Aurora Research Institute.
The study will be conducted from March 10 to December 31, 2008, in Inuvik, towards the end of Navy Road (Lot 8, Plan 50540, Group 1355).