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PRISM has flown successfully on two research flights on the NSF GV as part of the O2/N2 Ratio and CO2 Airborne Southern Ocean (ORCAS) campaign out of Punta Arenas Chile.  The flights occurred over the Palmer Peninsula area of Antarctica and over the southern Ocean.  There have been profile flights down over the pack ice, and also over broken sea ice.  To date over 1 TB data of raw unprocessed data has been collected as part of the campaign.  

Low level flight over Antarctica Pack Ice at 500 ft MSL on NSF GV


AVIRIS-Classic flew a mission over the Aliso Canyon Methane leak in the San Fernando Valley.   The flight was on the NASA ER-2, and was coordinated with HyTES on a Twin Otter and a Mooney In-situ measurement aircraft.   


The NASA press release for CORAL was issued last week.  There have been requests for interviews from the media.   To date there has been the following media on the program:

NASA CORAL Mission to Raise Reef Studies to New Level

Publication: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Date: January 06, 2016

NASA's Game-Changing Plan To Save Coral Reefs

Publication: Huffington Post

Date: January 07, 2016

NASA to study the health of coral reefs across the world

Publication: Engadget

Date: January 07, 2016

NASA To Take On The Seas With Plans To Save Coral Reefs

Publication: Tech Times

Date: January 11, 2016

KCBS phone interview (Jan. 10, 2016)

NSF GV in flight over Patagonia

NSF GV in flight over Patagonia


AVIRIS-NG has been busy flying through the holidays on the ISRO King Air with the NRSC and SAC teams.   There were successful flights in Hyderabad from December 17 – December 21.  On December 22 the AVIRIS-NG and the aircraft was ferried to Bhubaneswar airport.  Data was collected at multiple sites, and the ISRO led flight planning has been going well.   On December 29 the aircraft was ferried to Mangalore.  Data was collected for 4 days at Mangalore.   On January 3 the aircraft was ferried to Coimbatore.  Data is being collected in Coimbatore.  The teamwork between the JPLers and IRSO staff has been extraordinary.   


Tom Painter, ASO PI, was cited in an article published in the Orange County Register entitled, “Good sign for winter? Another big snowstorm comes to the Sierras”.


Last week, due to Alaska winter storms, CARVE only flew two days for total of 12.5 science flight hours.  On November 3 and 5, CARVE flew to the North Slope and observed enhanced CH4, North of the Brooks range.


AVIRIS-Classic completed the 3rd and final year of the HyspIRI Airborne Campaign.  The flight on Monday October 26 over the Yosemite Box and Mountain Pass was the final flight.  The HyspIRI Airborne Campaign flew a large area of California in the last three years over three seasons per year.   


CARVE was in the news last week.  CARVE was featured on The Weather Channel’s

"Alaska is sinking due to Permafrost” hosted by Dave Malkoff.


PRISM performed 3 successful test flights at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center on the NASA ER-2.  There was a vicarious calibration experiment utilizing a JPL field team making surface radiometric and atmospheric measurements over Ivanpah Playa.  Two flights occurred off the South Coast of CA, and one had a JPL in water team making measurements in conjunction with the PRISM overflight.  PRISM also collected data with AVIRIS-C during the HyspIRI Airborne Campaign. 


Late last week, OMG received the very first quick look preliminary data from the Cape Race cruise this summer. This data will be loaded on the OMG data server, and will be available to the OMG science team and public.