OIB - P-3 Orion - WFF 05/12/19 Science Report

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Date: 
Sunday, May 12, 2019
Mission: 
OIB
Mission Location: 
Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Mission Summary: 

Mission: K – EGIG – Summit
Priority: Baseline
 
OIB completed the final baseline mission out of Kangerlussuaq: K – EGIG – Summit.  The mission accomplishes several important tasks including extending coverage into the uppermost part of the Jakobshavn catchment with ICESat and ICESat-2 tracks and hitting the key validation Summit validation traverse site along ICESat track 412 and ICESat-2 track 879.  Finally, we hit two major field surveys: the K-Transect within the Russell Glacier catchment and the EGIG line.  For this campaign, the eastern portion of the EGIG line was shortened to accommodate for more ICESat-2 tracks near Summit and a single ICESat track was replaced with an ICESat-2 track in the upper Jakobshavn catchment.  A total of six ICESat-2 tracks were flown, two of which were swapped (see notes below) to minimize the timing between OIB and IS-2 data collection (the attached map has been updated accordingly).
 
Due to a local event at the airport, we incurred a delayed takeoff with an expected arrival time after 6 PM.  As a result, we were able to survey a portion of the Southwest Glaciers 01 mission over the Sukkertoppen Ice Cap just west of Kangerlussuaq in addition to the entire K-EGIG-Summit mission.
 
The flight was very smooth, although quite featureless, over the interior ICESat / ICESat-2 tracks.  As expected, we encountered clear skies for nearly the entire route, including Summit, which had been fogged in for several days prior.  Temperatures dropped a few degrees over the past few days, so many of the melt ponds developed a thin layer of ice on top.  We noted evidence of surface meltwater pooling up to ~26 km inland of Russell Glacier and ~4100 feet in elevation.
 
Headwall SWIR did not operate today, but otherwise all instruments worked well. ATM estimates 100% altimetry data recovery.  We performed a ramp pass at 2500’ prior to landing.
 
ICESat-2 Tracks (+/- indicates OIB surveyed after/before ICESat-2)
            0681,   - 8 hours (substitute)
            0879,   - 13 days
            0437,   + 16 days
            0749,   - 5 days
            0246,   + 28 days
            0727,   - 3 days (substitute

Images: 

Map of today’s mission

Map of Summit Traverse location and today’s ATM T6 passes over the ICESat RGT 412 and ICESat-2 RGTs 879 and 749

Three glaciers converge in a fjord off the Sukkertoppen Ice Cap

Steep, icy peaks along the southern edge of the Sukkertoppen Ice Cap

Related Flight Report: 

P-3 Orion - WFF 05/12/19

Flight Number: 
2019 OIB Science Flight #20
Payload Configuration: 
Operation IceBridge
Nav Data Collected: 
No
Total Flight Time: 
9 hours
Flight Segments: 
From:BGSFTo:BGSF
Start:05/12/19 11:45 Z Finish:05/12/19 20:45 Z
Flight Time:9 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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