Other: NOAA P-3 04/19/16

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Other: NOAA P-3 - 16M030
Flight Number: 
Sea Ice Eureka
Payload Configuration: 
OIB-Spring 2016
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
7.3 hours
Flight Segments: 
Start:04/19/16 11:10 Z Finish:04/19/16 18:30 Z
Flight Time:7.3 hours
Log Number:16M030PI:Nathan Kurtz
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Flight Hour Summary: 
Flight Hours Approved in SOFRS200
Total Used148.7
Total Remaining51.3
16M030 Flight Reports
Date Flt # Purpose of Flight Duration Running Total Hours Remaining Miles Flown
04/15/16Repo 1Ferry0.57.2192.8
04/16/16Repo 2Ferry2.910.1189.9
04/18/16Repo 3Ferry7.117.2182.8
04/19/16Sea Ice EurekaScience7.324.5175.5
04/20/16Sea Ice Laxon LineScience8.733.2166.8
04/21/16 - 04/22/16Sea Ice SIZRS ZigzagScience8.341.5158.5
04/30/16Sea Ice South Basin TransectScience8.850.3149.7
05/03/16Sea Ice North Pole TransectScience7.657.9142.1
05/04/16Sea Ice South Canada BasinScience7.965.8134.2
05/09/16Land Ice Zachariae-79NScience7.673.4126.6
05/10/16Land Ice Northwest Coastal AScience679.4120.6
05/11/16Land Ice Umanaq BScience7.186.5113.5
05/12/16Land Ice Southeast CoastalScience7.393.8106.2
05/13/16Land Ice Helheim-KangerdlugssuaqScience7.8101.698.4
05/14/16Land Ice SW Coastal AScience7.8109.490.6
05/16/16Land Ice Thomas-Jakobshavn 01Science7.9117.382.7
05/17/16Land Ice Helheim-Kangerdlugssuaq Gap BScience8.1125.474.6
05/18/16Land Ice IceSat-2 CentralScience7.7133.166.9
05/19/16Land Ice East Glaciers 01Science7.1140.259.8
05/21/16Ferry BGSF_KMCFFerry8.5148.751.3

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Related Science Report: 

OIB - Other: NOAA P-3 04/19/16 Science Report

Mission Summary: 

IceBridge flew the sea ice Eureka flight line, the purpose of which was to obtain cal/val data coincident with a survey team from Environment and Climate Change Canada taking ground measurements of snow depth. Weather was quite good overall on the survey line near Eureka with some clouds present at the southern end of the flight line, although the clouds were optically thin enough for the ATM instrument to range through. At the beginning of the mission we flew a line in the Nares Strait to obtain data over smooth snow-free ice and open water to determine the transmit pulse shape of the snow/Ku radars from coherent scattering returns, but found only wind-roughened water and snow-covered ice which were not suitable targets. Having spotted more suitable ice earlier on the high altitude transit from Thule, we broke off the beginning line early to save time, then obtained good data on the return transit to Thule passing over a section of newly frozen sea ice. Conditions of the Eureka survey line appeared to be generally smooth ice with minor topographic features, but a few more deformed ice areas were spotted which should make for some variety of surface roughness in the data set. Unlike the overflight of this same survey area in 2014, we did not spot the ground team underneath us this time, but did see evidence of activity from the teams on the surface.

ATM: 44 Gb  some window contamination later in flight
DMS: 41 Gb
Ku-Band Radar: 75 Gb: Data rate was lowered on this flight due to a malfunction in the radar data storage system, a back-up system with a lower date rate was used instead
MCoRDS: 0 Tb
Snow Radar: 75 Gb
BESST: (write error caused loss of data collection 1 hour after instrument turn on)

Total data collection time: 6.0 hrs