P-3 Orion - WFF 05/06/19

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Flight Number: 
2019 OIB Science Flight #17
Payload Configuration: 
Operation IceBridge
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
8.4 hours
Flight Segments: 
Start:05/06/19 08:30 Z Finish:05/06/19 16:55 Z
Flight Time:8.4 hours
Log Number:19P017PI:Joseph MacGregor
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Flight Hour Summary: 
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS250
Total Used216.3
Total Remaining33.7
19P017 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
03/26/19#2053: 2019 OIB ATFCheck0.90.9249.10
03/27/19#2059: 2019 OIB PTF-LaserCheck2.33.2246.80
03/28/19#2061: 2019 OIB PTF-RadarCheck3.26.4243.60
04/01/19#2068: 2019 OIB WFF-BGTL Transit FlightTransit6.913.3236.72458
04/03/19#2070: 2019 OIB Science Flight #1Science7.620.9229.11938
04/05/19#2072: 2019 OIB Science Flight #2Science7.728.6221.41910
04/06/19#2073: 2019 OIB Science Flight #3Science7.235.8214.22000
04/08/19#2075: 2019 OIB Science Flight #4Science6.942.7207.31780
04/09/19#2076: 2019 OIB Science Flight #5Science7.850.5199.52045
04/10/19#2081: 2019 OIB Science Flight #6Science10.160.6189.42702
04/11/19#2082: BGSF-BGTL TransitTransit2.262.8187.2696
04/12/19#2083: 2019 OIB Science Flight #7Science7.2701802109
04/15/19#2086: 2019 OIB Science Flight #8Science4.874.8175.21243
04/16/19#2087: 2019 OIB Science Flight #9Science7.682.4167.62036
04/17/19#2088: 2019 OIB Science Flight #10Science7.790.1159.91937
04/18/19#2090: 2019 OIB Science Flight #11Science7.897.9152.12008
04/19/19#2091: 2019 OIB Science Flight #12Science7.6105.5144.52104
04/20/19#2092: 2019 OIB Science Flight #13Science6.9112.4137.60
04/22/19#2094: 2019 OIB Science Flight #14Science6.61191311867
04/23/19#2099: 2019 OIB Science Flight #15Science7.7126.7123.31979
04/25/19#2102: 2019 OIB BGTL-KBGR Transit FlightTransit6.2132.9117.10
04/26/19 KBGR to BGSF TransitTransit5.7138.6111.40
05/05/192019 OIB Science Flight #16Science7.8146.4103.60
05/06/192019 OIB Science Flight #17Science8.4154.895.20
05/07/192019 OIB Science Flight #18Science8.5163.386.70
05/08/192019 OIB Science Flight #19Science8171.378.70
05/12/192019 OIB Science Flight #20Science9180.369.70
05/13/192019 OIB Science Flight #21Science7187.362.70
05/14/192019 OIB Science Flight #22Science7.9195.254.80
05/15/192019 OIB Science Flight #23Science8.3203.546.50
05/16/192019 OIB Science Flight #24Science6.3209.840.20
05/17/192019 OIB Transit Transit6.2216340
05/17/192019 OIB Transit Transit0.3216.333.70

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Related Science Report: 

OIB - P-3 Orion - WFF 05/06/19 Science Report

Mission Summary: 

Mission: Thomas – Jakobshavn 01
Priority: Baseline
This baseline mission was last flown in 2018 and surveys two ICESat-2 tracks of varying time latency. This flight combines historical ATM focused grid (approximately 100 km N-S and 75 km E-W) and flowline surveys (collected as far back as 1997), ICESat legacy tracks, and two ICESat-2 tracks. The latter are new this year, replacing two ICESat tracks. One of the IS-2 tracks was swapped (see notes below) to minimize the timing between OIB and IS-2 data collection.
On our transit to today’s target, the P-3 was filmed by the BBC from a chartered Air Greenland helicopter over the ice sheet.  Shortly thereafter, we made it to the science target where we slowly “mowed the lawn” from the interior to the calving front of Jakobshavn Isbrae.   Many exposed, frozen supraglacial lakes were visible in the upper reaches. As we made our way closer to the fjord, ponding of surface meltwater became more and more frequent to the point where several supraglacial lakes were observed.
Conditions were ideal: early we encountered scattered and thin high clouds above us, and near clear-sky conditions later in the day.  The flight was largely smooth with isolated bouts of turbulence over the main trunk of Jakobshavn.  Thus, data collection was excellent.  We performed a ramp pass at 1200’ prior to landing. Headwall SWIR was unable to be operated today, but otherwise all instruments worked well. ATM estimates 100% altimetry data recovery.
ICESat-2 Tracks (+/- indicates OIB surveyed after/before ICESat-2)
            0338, + 16 days
            0597, - 15 hours


Map of today’s mission

The P-3 flies by the Air Greenland helicopter that has the BBC Frozen Planet II film crew on board

3. CAMBOT image of the Jakobshavn Isbrae calving front (roughly estimated at approximately 100 meters above the water level)

4. A view looking up-fjord towards the steep cliff face of the Jakobshavn calving front

Meltwater and debris along the edge of Eqip Sermia

A supraglacial lake forms in a depression behind jagged ice towers

7. A large river forms at the edge of the Issunguata Sermia lobe, fed by supra and subglacial water