Other: NOAA P-3 05/14/16

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Other: NOAA P-3 - 16M030
Flight Number: 
Land Ice SW Coastal A
Payload Configuration: 
OIB Spring 2016
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
7.8 hours
Flight Segments: 
Start:05/14/16 13:15 Z Finish:05/14/16 21:02 Z
Flight Time:7.8 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 05/14/16 Science Report

Mission Summary: 

Mission: Southwest Coastal A (priority: baseline)

This mission is one of two (with Southwest Coastal B) designed to mirror the southeastern coast-parallel coverage in the southwest, along 2011 LVIS flight lines. This particular flight captures the lowest-altitude portion of this part of the ice sheet. We also overly a total of six PROMICE sites.

A stable high pressure air mass dominated all of southern Greenland today, yielding ideal flying conditions for our last baseline-priority land ice mission in the far south.  Temperatures were rather warm as well, both on the ice sheet (see supraglacial water photo below) and at Kangerlussuaq where the donning of even a light jacket was debatable this morning.  Cloudiness continued to dominate the west-central portion of Greenland today, including the Jakobshavn region and Summit.  

All instruments performed normally today, and neither ATM nor DMS experienced unusual fouling of their respective windows from hydraulic fluid.

Overall, we estimate successful data collection across 100% of the flight, a mission first for the current campaign.

Tomorrow (Sunday) is a well-earned rest day for the field team after 6 days of successful science flights and an embedded move from Thule to Kangerlussuaq. The weather forecasts for next week are very favorable for flying over the Jakobshavn basin and our other remaining baseline-priority science targets.

We conducted a ramp pass over Kangerlussuaq at 1200' AGL.

Data volumes:
ATM: 32 Gb 
FLIR: 3.8 Gb
DMS: 103 Gb 
Ku-Band Radar: 170 Gb
MCoRDS: 2.7 Tb
Snow Radar: 170 Gb
BESST: xx Gb

total data collection time: 7.3 hrs


Supraglacial lakes and rivers

Flight plan and track detail