First observations from the RISR-C incoherent scatter radar

R. G. Gillies, A. van Eyken, E. Spanswick, M. Nicolls, J. Kelly, M. Greffen, D. Knudsen, M. Connors, M. Schutzer, T. Valentic, M. Malone, J. Buonocore, J. P. St.-Maurice, E. Donovan

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First-light measurements from the Canadian face of the Resolute Bay Incoherent Scatter Radar (RISR-C) were taken in August of 2015. Data were taken for roughly 25 h on both RISR-C and the North face of the Resolute Bay radar (RISR-N) in an 11-beam World Day mode. Overall, the measurements from the RISR-C radar are of high quality and consistent with results from the RISR-N radar. During the 25 h period analyzed in this study, the ionosphere responded to changes in orientation of the interplanetary magnetic field. During one particular event, a change from Bz negative to positive and By positive to negative caused the antisunward flow to stall, and a strong dawn-to-dusk flow, with decreased electron density and increased ion temperature, replaced it in the RISR-C field of view. Overall, it is clear that measurements from the RISR-C radar will complement and greatly expand the scope of ionospheric polar cap measurements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1645-1659
Number of pages15
JournalRadio Science
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct. 2016


  • RISR-C
  • first light
  • polar cap


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