2013-2014 Science Planning Summaries
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Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) - Basler airborne radar survey

Program Manager:
Dr. Julie Palais

Event Number: I-189-M

ASC POC/Implementer:
Leslie Blank

Dr. Prasad Gogineni (Principal Investigator)
https://www.cresis.ku.edu/External Non U.S. Government Site

University of Kansas Lawrence
Lawrence, Kansas

Supporting Stations:  McMurdo Station
Research Locations:  McMurdo Station airfield, Whillans and Bindschadler ice streams

Project Description:
The Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) will focus the 2013-14 airborne-radar survey mission on Whillans (B) and Bindschadler (D) ice streams on the Siple Coast of West Antarctica. By flying new lines that cross historical survey lines, the reliability of the historical data can be improved and the effective survey area can therefore be expanded by combining both datasets. Researchers also plan to collect survey data over ice-core drilling sites and sites sounded by their surface-based accumulation radar being used this season by the I-188-M (Gogineni) team, so that internal layers mapped by the different radars can be cross-correlated and validated.

Field Season Overview:
A team of six people will install the CReSIS radar equipment on a Basler aircraft, including the ultra-wideband VHF/UHF radar system and fuselage-mounted antenna array, the Snow Radar, the Ku-band Altimeter, and potentially a Google-provided digital camera. A six-section Rac tent equipped with heaters, AC power, internet, and telephone access will be setup at the Sea Ice Runway for use by the team primarily during aircraft configuration. After completing the equipment installation, the team will conduct check flights in the vicinity of McMurdo Station to ensure that all systems are working properly. In late November, the I-189 team and any cargo that was not installed on the Basler will deploy on an LC-130 aircraft to the WISSARD SLW field camp. They will conduct airborne-radar survey flights over the Whillans and Bindschadler Ice Streams as well as data processing activities from the field camp. The team will conduct approximately 16 survey flights. In late December, the I-189 team will return on an LC-130 aircraft to McMurdo Station (Pegasus).

Deploying Team Members:

  • Carlton Leuschen (Co-PI)
  • John Paden
  • Fernando Rodriguez-Morales
  • Zongbo Wang
  • Aaron Wells
  • Jie Yan

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