## What Is SuperDARN’s Research Impact?

1. Worldwide Collaboration by Satellite and Ground-Based Space Scientists
SuperDARN convection/voltage maps are essential for studies of the impact of space weather at Earth. Space weather researchers rely on SuperDARN data for putting their localized observations in context. SuperDARN radars are extremely reliable, being easily accessible for repairs and upgrades. This reputation has made SuperDARN a favourite tool for space weather scientists.

SuperDARN is one of the most cost-effective yet scientifically productive international research programs ever deployed. A quick search for SuperDARN in the Web of Knowledge database finds over 600 SuperDARN journal articles since 1991. The authors of these papers work in 33 countries. You can see some of SuperDARN Canada’s contribution to this research (more than 150 papers!) on the publications page.

International scientific satellites in the Earth’s ionosphere and magnetosphere require SuperDARN’s global voltage maps to put their highly localized data in context. The global investment in all the infrastructure of the entire global SuperDARN radar network is only $$16 million, as compared to roughly$$200 million for a single satellite.