Other: NOAA P-3 05/19/16

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Other: NOAA P-3 - 16M030
Flight Number: 
Land Ice East Glaciers 01
Payload Configuration: 
OIB Spring 2016
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
7.1 hours
Flight Segments: 
Start:05/19/16 10:54 Z Finish:05/19/16 17:57 Z
Flight Time:7.1 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 05/19/16 Science Report

Mission Summary: 

Mission: East Glaciers 01 augmented (priority: low)

This mission maps the centerlines of several glaciers on the central east coast of Greenland. This particular draft captures the centerlines of six glaciers: DeGeer, Jaette, Nordenskiold, Wahlenberg, Violin and Nord Glaciers. The first two were originally flown during the 2009 OIB campaign, and all were flown in 2012. The Violin centerline passes within 1 km of two PROMICE sites. We transit to the area along a line connecting the DYE2 and GRIP drill sites, and return along a historical ATM line dating to 1993.  We augmented the flight plan today with a single pass over the IceSat 0412 site near Summit Station, from the baseline-priority "K-EGIG-Summit" mission.

We woke this morning to 1500' ceilings at Kangerlussuaq and very extensive cloudiness across most of the southern half of Greenland.  The clouds were associated with a strong low pressure system blowing inland from Disko Bay during the day.  This weather prevented us from flying either of our remaining baseline-priority missions today (K-EGIG-Summit and Jakobshavn-Eqip-Store), and in fact prevented us from flying anywhere except in the vicinity of the low-priority East Glaciers 01 mission.  

However we saw an opportunity to include a flyover of a portion of the K-EGIG-Summit mission, namely the Summit 412 track.  So we arranged with the Summit Science technicians at Summit Station to perform a coincident GPS ground survey of the 412 track, at around the time we expected to be overhead.  The weather at Summit remained clear long enough for us to successfully conduct the overflight.  We thank the Summit Station staff, and particularly the science techs Marci and Jason, for their enthusiastic cooperation with our flight today.

We lost most of the western portions of the flight to clouds, but enjoyed completely clear skies east of the divide and over our glacier targets.

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 80% of the flight.

We conducted a ramp pass over Kangerlussuaq at 2500' AGL.

Data volumes:
ATM: 23 Gb 
FLIR: 3.3 Gb
DMS: 96 Gb 
Ku-Band Radar: 191 Gb
MCoRDS: 1.7 Tb
Snow Radar: 191 Gb
BESST: xx Gb

total data collection time: 5.1 hrs


Weather satellite image from this morning

Violin Glacier DMS image