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CryoVEx-2019 summer campaign

Cross-validation of ESA CryoSat and NASA ICESat satellites

General

Department
Project start
08.08.2019
Project end
15.08.2019
Type of project
Monitoring
Project theme
Cryosphere
Project topic
Glaciology
Remote sensing
Sea ice

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork region
Greenland, North-East
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 81.588932021678, -16.867675757733

Fieldwork start
08.08.2019
Fieldwork end
15.08.2019

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Greenland (DK)
Fieldwork region
Greenland, North-East
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 81.435420058046, -18.000924129681

Fieldwork start
08.08.2019
Fieldwork end
15.08.2019

Project details

29.05.2019
Science / project plan

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.

Contact persons:

Sine Hvidegaard, DTU Space, smh@space.dtu.dk, mob +45-4525-9772/mob +45-2683-3431

Rene Forsberg, DTU Space, rf@space.dtu.dk, tel. +45-4525-9719/mob +45-2540-2775

 

 

Tentative flight plan August 2019 and personnel movement

Ver. 27-5-2019

 

DATE

Day

AIRCRAFT OPS POF

Lodging

Aug 6

Tue

DTU drone pax (RF, AS) to Station Nord with C-130

Twin-Otter pax to Akureyri

Station Nord /

Akureyri

Aug 7-8

Wed

Installation of instruments, Akureyri (SMH, LS, FRM)

Akureyri

Aug 9

Fri

Akureyri-Constaple Pynt-Nord via ice sheet

Station Nord

Aug 10-13

Sat

Flights from Station Nord

Station Nord

Aug 14

Wed

Station Nord-Danmarkshavn, Fram Strait sea ice (all)

Danmarkshavn

Aug 15

Thu

Danmarkshavn-CNP-Akureyri.

Akureyri

Aug 16

Sat

Uninstall, pax return to Denmark and USA

 

 

Science participants:

Rene Forsberg, Andreas Stokholm  (DTU Space; C130/VRS drone flights, southbound with POF)

Sine Munk Hvidegård, Louise Sørensen (DTU Space), Fernando Rodriguez-Morales (CRESIS)

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