NASA ABoVE Airborne Campaign

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Gwich'in Settlement Area, Sahtu Settlement Area, Dehcho Region, North Slave Region, South Slave Region

Tags: physical sciences, air quality, remote sensing, aerial photography, dust monitoring, spectrometry

Principal Investigator: Miller, Charles E (1)
Licence Number: 16089
Organization: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Licenced Year(s): 2017
Issued: May 12, 2017
Project Team: Charles Miller (Deputy Science Lead, Jet Propulsion Laboratory), Scott Goetz (Science Lead, Northern Arizona University), Dan Hodkinson (Logistics Manager, NASA GSFC), Libby Larson (Permits & Outreach Coordinator, NASA GSFC)

Objective(s): To collect airborne remote sensing data across a wide variety of ecosystems in both the US and Canada.

Project Description: Preliminary flight lines have been planned with the goal of collecting data across a wide variety of ecosystems in both the US and Canada, with flights occurring from May – October 2017. The ultimate timing and flight paths would be dictated by weather and operational limitations at the time of flight, though deviations are expected to be minimal.

A variety of aircraft and sensor suites will be used to obtain the desired measurements. Multiple radars, lidars, spectrometers, air and dust samplers, and camera systems will be operated, all at high altitude (= 5,000 ft.) with no impact to the ground below. Flight teams will be based out of Yellowknife and Fairbanks airfields, but will be refueling at many different airports in the region. Overall flight coordination will be completed as required through official channels with the United States Federal Aviation Administration and Transport Canada. Additional coordination at the local level can be provided to inform communities of finalized flight paths and timing.

Airplanes will be landing in several locations in NWT for refueling and rest for the crew. During this time there may be opportunities for holding informational sessions about the airborne campaign, how the data is collected and its importance. Additionally, the research team anticipate to have ABoVe researchers in the region in future years conducting field work. They will be able to discuss results of the airborne campaign and share what was learned.

Members of the airborne science team will share all academic reports and articles associated with this campaign, and will put together fact sheets appropriate for a general audience. The research team anticipate scheduling community presentations in 2018, in conjunction with other NASA ABoVE project teams that are conducting field-based research (under other existing permits).

The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from May 11, 2017 to October 31, 2017.