OIB - P-3 Orion - WFF 05/08/19 Science Report

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Date: 
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Mission: 
OIB
Mission Location: 
Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Mission Summary: 

Mission: Southwest Coastal B IS-2
Priority: High
 
One of two sister missions, the Southwest Coastal B was last flown in 2015; however, it was modified for this campaign by replacing the original 2011 LVIS flight lines with ICESat-2 tracks giving the mission the new IS-2 distinction.  A total of six ICESat-2 tracks were flown, one of which was swapped (see notes below) to minimize the timing between OIB and IS-2 data collection (the attached map has been updated accordingly).  Curiously, we shifted to the (memorable) IS-2 RGT 666 for a 2nd day in a row, which we presume will not bring us bad luck.
 
The survey includes lower and higher elevations, rocky terrain along the western most tracks for IS-2 geolocation validation, and Kangiata Nunaata Sermia (KNS).   The flight was quite smooth, although quite featureless, over the interior ICESat-2 tracks.  Much of the final leg (IS-2 RGT 666) was over steep, rocky terrain to aid in geolocation validation.
 
OIB had near 100% clear skies over the entire survey.  We noted that significant portions of the coast (outside of today’s flight path) had a thick fog, which potentially would have meant data loss if we had chosen the sister Southwest Coastal A mission.  Headwall SWIR was unable to be operated today, but otherwise all instruments worked well. ATM estimates 100% altimetry data recovery.  We performed a ramp pass at 1500’ prior to landing.
 
ICESat-2 Tracks (+/- indicates OIB surveyed after/before ICESat-2)
            0544, + 5 days
            0483, - 9 days
            0422, - 13 days
            0399, -14 days
            0338 -18 days,
            0666, - 3 day

Images: 

Map of today’s mission

OIB team (+ BBC) photo before today’s flight

Fog crawls up the walls of the snowy peaks near Narsarsuaq in southern Greenland

ATM T6 image of the ill-defined front Kangiata Nunaata Sermia (KNS) Glacier.

Teal blue fjord waters of adjacent to the Kangiata Nunaata Sermia (KNS) Glacier. The survey continued on steeply sloping rock for IS-2 validation efforts

Southern margin of Russell Glacier and its adjacent lateral moraine

Abandoned braided stream network showing signs of re-activation

Related Flight Report: 

P-3 Orion - WFF 05/08/19

Flight Number: 
2019 OIB Science Flight #19
Payload Configuration: 
Operation IceBridge
Nav Data Collected: 
No
Total Flight Time: 
8 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:BGSFTo:BGSF
Start:05/08/19 08:40 Z Finish:05/08/19 16:40 Z
Flight Time:8 hours
Log Number:19P017PI:Joseph MacGregor
Funding Source:Bruce Tagg - NASA - SMD - ESD Airborne Science Program
Purpose of Flight:Science
Flight Hour Summary: 
19P017
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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