Canada is a founding member of SuperDARN. The original SuperDARN partners (Canada, France and the USA) met in Saskatoon in 1993 to switch on the first Canadian SuperDARN radar. The Saskatoon radar continues to operate to this day. SuperDARN Canada headquarters is located at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.
Canada has the largest land mass under the auroral oval (an oval shaped region around the
geomagnetic pole where the aurora most commonly occurs), therefore Canada is an ideal place to study the solar-terrestrial (Sun-Earth) interaction.
The University of Saskatchewan provides essential support to SuperDARN Canada, including Financial Services, Corporate Administration, Safety Resources, and more. These supports allow SuperDARN Canada to operate efficiently with a relatively low level of staffing for administration, finance and information technology.
◎SuperDARN Canada operates five radars located in Canada at Saskatoon, SK; Prince George, BC; Rankin Inlet, NU; Inuvik, NWT; and Clyde River, NU.
◎Each SuperDARN Canada radar scans more than 4000 square kilometers every minute, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.