CryoVEx-2019 summer campaign
Fieldwork / Study
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Fieldwork / Study
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The National Space Institute, Technical University of Denmark (DTU Space) continues its airborne validation and monitoring program of the land- and sea ice in and around Greenland in August 2019, in cooperation with the European Space Agency. The program will be carried out as part of ESA CryoSat calibration Experiments (CryoVEx) to obtain cross-validation of ESA CryoSat-2 and NASA ICESat-2 altimeter missions, and is a continuation of the April 2019 winter campaign.
The planned campaign is a first DTU/ESA summer sea ice campaign, and is coordinated with the Swiss Polar Institute icebreaker activities in the Arctic Ocean north of Greenland (AWI and ASIAQ participants). The flight programme is also coordinated with Aug/Sep NASA IceBridge flights, as well as with DTU Space/Villum Research Station drone flights. The campaign also serves to test a novel Ku/Ka-band downward looking radar, developed by CRESIS, University of Kansas, USA.
Installation and test flight will take place in Akureyri, Iceland. Main sea ice flights will be flown in the Arctic Ocean out of Station Nord, with near-simultanous satellite underflights. Additional science flights will take place over the ice sheet and Fram Strait sea ice enroute. Conditions and time permitting, a landing is also planned at Cape Morris Jesup airstrip, to evaluate usefulness of the site for medium-size fixed-wing drone flights (VRS Penguin-B, equipped with DTU-developed lidar system).
Instruments flown in the Norlandair Twin-Otter TF-POF include scanning lidar, GPS/IMU units, CRESIS Ku/Ka-band radar, nadir- and side-looking imagery.
Sine Hvidegaard, DTU Space, firstname.lastname@example.org, mob +45-4525-9772/mob +45-2683-3431
Rene Forsberg, DTU Space, email@example.com, tel. +45-4525-9719/mob +45-2540-2775
Tentative flight plan August 2019 and personnel movement
AIRCRAFT OPS POF
DTU drone pax (RF, AS) to Station Nord with C-130
Twin-Otter pax to Akureyri
Station Nord /
Installation of instruments, Akureyri (SMH, LS, FRM)
Akureyri-Constaple Pynt-Nord via ice sheet
Flights from Station Nord
Station Nord-Danmarkshavn, Fram Strait sea ice (all)
Uninstall, pax return to Denmark and USA
Rene Forsberg, Andreas Stokholm (DTU Space; C130/VRS drone flights, southbound with POF)
Sine Munk Hvidegård, Louise Sørensen (DTU Space), Fernando Rodriguez-Morales (CRESIS)