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, magnetic field, aurora borealis, radar network

Principal Investigator: Sofko, George J (9)
Licence Number: 14848
Organization: University of Saskatchwan
Licenced Year(s): 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2004
Issued: Feb 03, 2011

Objective(s): To measure voltage patterns several hundred kilometers above the ground and out into space along the Earth's magnetic field lines.

Project Description: The radar network is designed to measure voltage patterns several hundred 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.

The radar installation is rather simple, requiring transmitting and receiving electronics in a small building, and antennas outside. The radar requires a local Field Technical Support Officer (from the Aurora Research Institute) for routine checks and maintenance operations.

Local involvement includes delivery of all radar data and assessment of radar operating status through New North Networks in Inuvik. North Wind Industries is used for brush cutting and road maintenance (snow plowing). There is possible future involvement of Gwich'in students for summer work. Lease rates for the land on which the radar is located are paid to the town of Inuvik.

The researchers are willing to provide seminars and talks in the NWT. All scientific publications resulting from the project will be made available to the Aurora Research Institute.

The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.