SuperDARN workshop 2015

Conference details for the SuperDARN workshop to be held in Leicester, UK, 1-5 June 2015


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SuperDARN logoWelcome to the web-page for the SuperDARN 2015 workshop to be held in Leicester, UK, 1-5 June 2015



Travel to, and arrival at, the SuperDARN 2015 workshop

The SuperDARN 2015 workshop will be held between Sunday, 31 May and Friday, 5 June 2015, at

College Court Conference Centre,

Knighton Rd, Leicester LE2 3UF, UK.

Travel to Leicester

  • Leicester is located 90 miles north of London, UK.
  • Leicester is easily travelled to by train from anywhere within the UK.
  • The most convenient airports for Leicester are Birmingham, East Midlands, Heathrow, Stansted, Gatwick, and Manchester.
  • Some information on travel to Leicester from within the UK and abroad can be found on the University of Leicester campus map.

Travel to College Court

  • College Court is located 15 min walk from the University of Leicester and 30 min walk (1.2 miles) from Leicester train station.
  • "Black cab" taxis are available from the taxi rank at the train station.
  • The no. 44 and 44A buses run regularly between the train station and College Court (located at the corner of Queens Rd and Knighton Rd).  Catch the bus from the bus-stop at the front of the train station, heading south (up the hill).
  • Directions to College Court from within Leicester can be found in the College Court travel information.

Arrival at College Court

If you have booked accommodation at College Court, please collect your key from the front desk on arrival.  The front desk is open 24/7.  Please find the separate registration desk to register with the meeting.  The registration desk is open on Sunday afternoon from 3pm, and throughout the meeting.

Contact us

In case of emergency, please phone Steve Milan (who has the pleasure of living within 1 min walk of College Court) at any time of day or night on +44 (0) 7515642151.



Workshop programme

Workshop abstract booklet


Workshop at a glance

Sunday 31 May 15:00 - Registration opens
18:00 - 20:00 Ice-breaker
Monday 1 June 9:00 - 12:30 Science session 1
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch at College Court
13:30 - 17:00 Science session 2
18:00 - 19:00 Dinner at College Court
19:00 - 21:00 Working Group meetings
Tuesday 2 June 9:00 - 12:30 Science session 3
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch at College Court
13:30 - 17:00 Science session 4 including Poster session
18:00 - 19:00 Dinner at College Court
Wednesday 3 June 9:00 - 11:30 Science session 5
12:00 - 18:30 Excursion to Warwick Castle
18:30 - 20:30 Dinner at Feast India
Thursday 4 June 9:00 - 12:30 Science session 6
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch at College Court
13:30 - 17:00 Science session 7
18:00 - 21:00 Conference Dinner on the Great Central Railway
Friday 5 June 9:00 - 12:30 Science session 8
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch at College Court


List of registered delegates

  • Anasuya Aruliah, University College London, UK
  • Lisa Baddeley, University Centre in Svalbard, Norway
  • Joseph Baker, Virginia Tech, USA
  • Emma Bland, La Trobe University, Australia
  • Lisa Brant, University of Leicester, UK
  • William Bristow, University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA
  • Angeline Burrell, University of Leicester, UK
  • Jenny Carter, University of Leicester, UK
  • Xiangcai Chen, University Centre in Svalbard, Norway
  • Gareth Chisham, British Antarctic Survey, UK
  • Lasse Clausen, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Timothy David, University of Leicester, UK
  • Marci Detwiller, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Anne Edwards, University of Leicester, UK
  • Robert Fear, University of Southampton, UK
  • Matthias Foerster, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Germany
  • Mervyn Freeman, British Antarctic Survey, UK
  • Patricia Greenwald, accompanying person
  • Ray Greenwald, Virginia Tech, USA
  • Adrian Grocott, Lancaster University, UK
  • Stein Haaland, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Tomoaki Hori, STE lab., Nagoya University, Japan
  • Keisuke Hosokawa, University of Electro-communications, Japan
  • Zejun Hu, Polar Research Institute of China, China
  • Suzie Imber, University of Leicester, UK
  • Tudor Jones, University of Leicester, UK
  • Andrew Kavanagh, British Antarctic Survey, UK
  • Jeff Klenzing, Goddard Space Flight Centre, USA
  • Kevin Kreiger, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Karl Laundal, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Hannah Laurens, Lancaster University, UK
  • Hammed Lawal, University of Leicester, UK
  • Mark Lester, University of Leicester, UK
  • Penny Lester, accompanying person
  • Jianjun Liu, Polar Research Institute of China, China
  • Dag Lorentzen, University Centre in Svalbard, Norway
  • Kathryn McWilliams, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Roman Makarevich, University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA
  • Aurelie Marchaudon, IRAP, France
  • Maria Federica Marcucci, INAF-IAPS, Italy
  • Steve Milan, University of Leicester, UK
  • Ethan Miller, JHU/APL, USA
  • Tsutomu Nagatsuma, National Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Japan
  • Nozomu Nishitani, Nagoya University, Japan
  • Giovanni Occhipinti, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, France
  • Gareth Perry, University of Calgary, Canada
  • Mike Pinnock, British Antarctic Survey, UK
  • Olena Ponomarenko, accompanying person
  • Pasha Ponomarenko, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Katie Raymer, University of Leicester, UK
  • Ashton Reimer, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Aaron Ridley, University of Michigan, USA
  • Michael Ruohoniemi, Virginia Tech, USA
  • Jasmine Sandhu, University of Leicester, UK
  • Natsuo Sato, National Institute for Polar Research, Japan
  • Simon Shepherd, Dartmouth College, USA
  • Jeff Spaleta, University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA
  • Judy Stephenson, University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
  • Kacey Sterne, accompanying person
  • Kevin Sterne, Virginia Tech, USA
  • Jean-Pierre St. Maurice, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Russell Stoneback, University of Texas, Dallas, USA
  • Mikko Syrjasuo, University Centre in Svalbard, Norway
  • Evan Thomas, Virginia Tech, USA
  • Maria-Theresia Walach, University of Leicester, UK
  • David Walker, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Carol Walker, accompanying person
  • James Wild, University of Lancaster, UK
  • Tim Yeoman, University of Leicester, UK
  • Sessai Yukimatu, NIPR, Japan
  • Qinghe Zhang, Shandong University, China
  • Richard Todd Parris, Air Force Research Laboratory, USA
  • Jingye Yan, National Space Science Centre, China


List of submitted abstracts

  • Hu, Zejun: Hemispheric asymmetry of the structure of dayside auroral oval and distribution of dayside auroral morphology
  • Bernhardt, Paul: The Charged Aerosol Release Experiment (Care II) for investigation of rocket exhaust interactions with the ionosphere
  • Bernhardt, Paul: Measurements of HF radar propagation from low-drag satellites flying below the F-region ionosphere
  • Lorentzen, Dag: An update on the Svalbard SuperDARN radar
  • McCrea, Ian: EISCAT_3D: Next-generation incoherent scatter radar
  • Chen, Xiangcai: Simultaneous ground-based optical and HF radar observations of the ionospheric footprint of open/closed field line boundaries along meridian line
  • David, Timothy: Outflow of heavy ions from the Earth's upper atmosphere
  • Shepherd, Simon: Geolocating HAARP-induced backscatter
  • Shepherd, Simon: A new algorithm for determining SuperDARN elevation angles
  • Occhipinti, Giovanni: Effect of ray and speed perturbations on ionospheric tomography by over-the-horizon radar: A new method, probably useful for SuperDARN too
  • Miller, Ethan: SuperDARN and GPS observations of travelling ionospheric disturbances
  • Haaland, Stein: Inferring vertical plasma motion with SuperDARN?
  • Nishitani, Nozomu: Characteristics of ionospheric convection associated with low-latitude aurora observed at Rikubetsu, Hokkaido during the 2015 March storm
  • Behera, Jayanta Kumar: Possible cause of large day side cosmic noise absorption (CNA) at sub-auroral latitude (L=5, CGM -620 59' S, 530 59' E)
  • Yan, Jingye: AgileDARN: overview and development schedule
  • Klenzing, Jeff: Observations of auroral region ion outflow during the VISIONS sounding rocket campaign
  • Nishitani, Nozomu: Study of ionospheric disturbances using the remote HF wave receiver of the SuperDARN Hokkaido East radar: initial results
  • Nishitani, Nozomu: Initial observation with SuperDARN Hokkaido Pair of (HOP) radars
  • Stoneback, Russell: Characterising the spatio-temporal response of high-latitude convection
  • Baker, Joseph: SuperDARN-NATION observations of mid-latitude storm-time ion-neutral coupling
  • Malhotra, Garima: Interhemispheric comparison of seasonal mesospheric tidal activity observed by mid-latitude SuperDARN radars
  • Ruohoniemi, J. Michael: Dynamics of polar cap plasma convection during periods of northward IMF
  • Reimer, Ashton: Quantifying self-clutter in SuperDARN correlation functions
  • Reimer, Ashton: An improved SuperDARN data fitting algorithm enabling signal-derived error bars
  • Marchaudon, Aurelie: Cluster, Polar and SuperDARN simultaneous observations of cusp signatures in the northern and southern hemispheres
  • Shi, Xueling: Large-scale observations of ULF pulsations in the sub auroral region associated with a moderate substorm
  • Thomas Evan: Superposed epoch analysis of midlatitude plasma density variations driven by geomagnetic storms
  • Bristow, William: Application of adaptive optics to scintillation correction in phased array high-frequency radar
  • Thomas, Evan: Ionospheric signatures of Kelvin-Helmholtz waves at Earth's dayside magnetopause
  • Liu, Jianjun: SuperDARN observations of ionospheric convection during a storm main phase
  • Laurens, Hannah: Mapping substorm-time convection using SuperDARN
  • Parris, Richard Todd: HF radar for long-range monitoring of ionospheric irregularities in the equatorial region
  • Sterne, Kevin: Data Distribution Working Group Report
  • Sterne, Kevin: Spacecraft Working Group Report
  • Marcucci, Maria Federica: A preliminary study on the polar ionosphere features during periods of radial Interplanetary Magnetic Field
  • Grocott, Adrian: Comparative space weather climatologies derived using the SuperDARN Map Potential algorithm
  • Wild, Jim: A new European mid-latitude high frequency SuperDARN radar
  • Ward, Jonathan: The SANAE IV Digital Radar - Update and Future Plans
  • Hori, Tomoaki: The ERG project: Current status and related scientific activities
  • Fear, Robert: The interaction between transpolar arcs and cusp spots
  • Tsutomu, Nagatsuma: Pc5 observations at King Salmon HF Radar during CT-TRIG mode period
  • Bland, Emma: Experimental determination of the maximum range of the Buckland Park SuperDARN radar
  • Spaleta, Jef: Bayesian inference algorithm for SuperDARN rawACF fitting
  • Spaleta, Jef: Ionospheric scattering observations using extended SuperDARN pulse sequences with multi-frequency Bayesian inference methods
  • Bland, Emma: Spatial and temporal structure of Pc5 ULF waves at high latitudes and in the polar cap
  • Perry, Gareth: First results from coordinated studies between SuperDARN and e-POP
  • Bristow, Bill: High-resolution vector velocity determinations from SuperDARN
  • Milan, Steve: Flux-transfer events observed by IMAGE and SuperDARN
  • Milan, Steve: Birkeland currents and the convection cycle
  • Yukimatu, Akira Sessai: SuperDARN Hokkaido East radar observation of a possible SC-triggered wave event including FLR signatures
  • Burrell, Angeline: Techniques to improve the angle-of-arrival calculations at high-frequency radars
  • Burrell, Angeline: Solar cycle variations in the northern polar ionosphere
  • Carter, Jennifer: Dayside reconnection under IMF By dominated conditions: bending arcs, a reinterpretation
  • Sato, Natsuo: Growth signature of omega band auroras
  • Koustov, Sasha: Near noon sunward flows: Are they strongest summer time?
  • Ponomarenko, Pasha: On monitoring HF propagation conditions at high latitudes
  • Pitout, Frederic: Swarm and ESR observations of the ionospheric response to a field-aligned current system in the high-latitude midnight sector
  • Hori, Tomoaki: IMF-By dependence of transient ionospheric flow perturbation associated with sudden impulses: SuperDARN observations
  • Greenwald, Raymond A.: 2-Parameter analysis software: A davitpy-based training tool for understanding how the time-dependent ionosphere impacts propagation and our measurements
  • Hosokawa, Keisuke: Derivation of ionospheric currents and Joule heating rate in the polar region from IMAGE/FUV and SuperDARN
  • Hosokawa, Keisuke: Stagnation of a polar cap patch and decay of the accompanying plasma irregularities
  • Marchaudon, Aurelie: Effects of the 20 March 2015 total solar eclipse on the ionosphere-thermosphere system
  • Walach, Maria-Theresia: Are steady magnetospheric convection events prolonged substorms?
  • Walach, Maria-Theresia: A test of ionospheric convection predictions from the expanding/contracting polar cap paradigm
  • Laundal, Karl Magnus: Effects of electric field component representation on estimated cross polar cap potential - Implications for interhemispheric asymmetries
  • Foerster, Matthias: Interhemispheric differences of the high-latitude ionospheric convection patterns deduced from Cluster EDI observations over a full solar cycle
  • Makarevich, Roman: A unified view of favorable gradients in the lower ionosphere
  • Lawal, Hammed Adeniyi: Long-term analysis of HF backscatter
  • Ponomarenko, Pasha: Calibration of historic interferometry data
  • Clausen, Lasse B. N.: Polar cap plasma density variations and their impact as scintillation sources
  • Greenwald, Raymond: Using ray tracing to evaluate the performance of various methods for predicting the location of ionospheric scattering volumes and their refractive indices
  • Kavanagh, Andrew J: The impact of solar wind co-rotating interaction regions on the dynamics of the neutral middle atmosphere
  • Mtumela, Zolile: Coordinated observations of Pc5 pulsation events using SuperDARN and magnetometer data
  • Walker, David: Electric field mapping in the IGRF
  • Zhang, Qinghe: Direct observations of the full Dungey convection cycle in the polar ionosphere for southward interplanetary magnetic field conditions
  • Chisham, Gareth: Scheduling working group report
  • Chisham, Gareth: Maps of average ionospheric vorticity ordered by relationship with the open-closed magnetic field line boundary
  • Ariyibi, Emmanuel: Variation of the maximum electron density (NmF2) and total electron content (TEC) at a low-latitude station

Local Organising Committee

Mark Lester, Tim Yeoman, Steve Milan, Suzie Imber, Anne Edwards, Lisa Brant - University of Leicester.


Scientific Organising Committee

Mark Lester, Tim Yeoman, Steve Milan, Suzie Imber, Angeline Burrell - University of Leicester.

Mervyn Freeman, Gareth Chisham - British Antarctic Survey.

Jim Wild, Adrian Grocott - Lancaster University.

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