SuperDARN UK provides UK scientists with opportunities to run their own upper atmosphere experiments on one or more radars, for up to 50% of the total operational time.
SuperDARN UK will accept bids from any UK researchers to run specially-designed experiments during discretionary or special time (see below) and we will provide the necessary support to design and run the experiment. Under the existing SuperDARN rules, data from these experiments will be reserved for the sole use of the researcher for 2 years.
SuperDARN operations are coordinated by producing a monthly schedule that defines exactly how all the radars should be run (range limits, time and space resolution, beam sequence, frequency used, etc). These are grouped into three general categories:
- Common Time – all radars run in the same mode, data is immediately and freely available to all.
- Discretionary Time – each radar can be run independently in the manner chosen by the radar owner, data is restricted to the owner for 2 years before public release.
- Special Time – all or a subset of radars are coordinated to run in a non-standard mode designed to address a particular scientific objective, perhaps related to a spacecraft mission or other wider scientific campaign. Data is immediately and freely available to all.
In each month it is required that Common Time must account for at least 50% of the total operating time and Discretionary and Special Time must not exceed 30% and 20%, respectively.