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Airborne campaign for future Copernicus polar satellite



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Project theme
Project topic
Remote sensing

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Arctic Oceans and various regions
Fieldwork region
Greenland, North-East
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 77.8749725, 20.9751821

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Science / project plan

The National Space Institute, Technical University of Denmark (DTU Space), in cooperation with the Finnish Meteorological Institute, DMI, University of Bremen and European Space Agency, plan to collect first high-resolution sea ice microwave emission data from a Twin-Otter offshore NE Greenland and Svalbard Feb/March 2019. The purpose of the flights is to collect data on sea ice concentration and thermal microwave emission (temperatures), in preparation for the future CIMR (Copernicus Imaging Microwave Radiometer), a candidate for the upcoming choice of an EU Copernicus polar satellite mission.

The measurement flights are done with a Twin Otter aircraft (registration TF-POF), chartered from Norlandair, Akureyri, Iceland. The TF-POF aircraft, formerly owned by Air Greenland, has been used for many years by DTU Space for numerous climate change-related and geophysical campaigns in Greenland, Svalbard and the Arctic Ocean. The CIMRex-2019 campaign is followed by a similar ESA CryoSat validation campaign (CryoVEx-2019) in Greenland, using the same aircraft, but with different instruments.

Installation and test flight will take place in Akureyri, Iceland, with the main sea ice flights flown from Longyearbyen, Svalbard, due to the need of liquid Nitrogen for calibrating the radiometer instrument. Sea ice measurements will also be done off NE Greenland in connection with the transit flights from/to Iceland.

Campaign has been delayed by a week and will now run FEB 28-MARCH 12