SuperDARN ground scatter



SuperDARN is a network of 35 HF radars mostly located at polar latitudes, which observe the motion of plasma in the ionosphere around 250 km altitude that is driven by the interaction of the solar wind with the Earth’s magnetic field. SANSA operates one such radar from SANAE in Antarctica with a range of up to 3500 km. Since the radar is high frequency, the radio wave refracts in the ionosphere and eventually reflects from the ground around 2000 km away. We have a 10-year data set of ground scatter for our radar and we wish to produce a statistical model of where the ground scatter is coming from (e.g. mountains). The project is to process the available data set and produce a map of ground scatter for all seasons and all beams. This has not been done before. Computing skills are essential.