OIB - P-3 Orion - WFF 04/05/19 Science Report

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Friday, April 5, 2019
Mission Location: 
Mission Summary: 

Mission: Zachariæ-79N
Priority: Baseline
This mission reoccupies the centerlines of the Zachariæ Isstrøm and 79N glaciers, plus flies a grid of six ascending ICESat tracks similar to one originally flown by OIB in 2012, but moved upstream by two ICESat ground tracks to account for the breakup of the lower ice shelf. It also overflies a pair of PROMICE sites immediately north of 79N Glacier. We transit to the northeast region along a historical ATM line dating back to 1994. For 2019 we replace the east-west transit lines with new master grid lines, selected to fill gaps in knowledge of bedrock.
A clear forecast with moderate winds made for a relatively easy choice to survey northeast Greenland today. A stratus layer west of the ice divide near Camp Century obscured ATM recording for several minutes, but otherwise skies were mostly clear and the grounding line of Zachariæ Isstrøm and ice shelf of 79N were clearly visible. We completed the two flowlines and six across-track ICESat lines, passing over numerous frozen-over periglacial lakes, crevasse fields, capsized icebergs, dramatic cliffs and musk oxen. Brief thin clouds were occasionally encountered at the downstream end of the grid. We then passed over two PROMICE sites on our return to Thule along a new master grid line. After the main survey lines on our return to Thule AB, we surveyed an curious ice dome between Tracy and Heilprin Glaciers that a citizen scientist alerted us to, which was previously intended for the Northeast Grid 05 Prime mission. The Headwall VNIR channels and CAMBOT again experienced brief shutoffs, but otherwise all instruments performed well. We conducted a ramp pass at 1,200 ft AGL.
Attached images:
1. Map of today’s mission (John Sonntag / NASA)
2. Capsized iceberg at the terminus of Zachariæ Isstrøm (Joe MacGregor / NASA)
3. The Snake: An odd ice-covered medial moraine near the downstream end of our grid (Joe MacGregor / NASA)
4. A pair of musk oxen in Lambert Land (Jeremy Harbeck / NASA)
5. CAMBOT image of PROMICE automated weather station KPC_L near the ice-sheet margin in Konprins Christian Land (Jeremy Harbeck / NASA)


Capsized iceberg at the terminus of Zachariæ Isstrøm

The Snake: An odd ice-covered medial moraine near the downstream end of our grid

A pair of musk oxen in Lambert Land

CAMBOT image of PROMICE automated weather station KPC_L near the ice-sheet margin in Konprins Christian Land

Related Flight Report: 

P-3 Orion - WFF 04/05/19

Flight Number: 
#2072: 2019 OIB Science Flight #2
Payload Configuration: 
Operation IceBridge
Nav Data Collected: 
Total Flight Time: 
7.7 hours
Flight Segments: 
Start:04/05/19 11:00 Z Finish:04/05/19 18:40 Z
Flight Time:7.7 hours
Log Number:19P017PI:Joseph MacGregor
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Miles Flown:1910 miles
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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