The Science campaign resumed on October 23 with two science flights over Tonzi Ranch after much coordination with Beale Air Force Base and NASA frequency coordinators at Goldstone Facility. Radar data has now been successfully acquired over all 9 biomes. Preliminary assessment of the radar imagery looks very good, with little radio frequency interference. Two calibration flights were also conducted over the Rosamond corner reflector array in between the Tonzi Ranch flights to assess the calibration stability of the P-band radar.
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The DFRC G-III resumed flying L-band flights last week and imaged the Sacramento Delta Levee study area (PI: Jones) and the Slumgullion landslide study site in Colorado (PI: Fielding). This week, UAVSAR is wrapping up a 3-day deployment to New Orleans for the Gulf Coast subsidence monitoring study (PI: Ron Blom and Cathleen Jones). Cathleen Jones and Ron Blom utilized UAVSAR repeat-pass data to capture the precursor surface movement of a major sinkhole in Louisiana (the Bayou Corne sinkhole) that was discovered at least one month prior to the actual sinkhole formation. This finding has been peer-reviewed and accepted for publication in Geology.
Japan deployment via Hawaii for volcano studies is scheduled to depart on November 6 and return on November 16. The team is awaiting final diplomatic clearance from Japan.
CARVE has publicly released of all the 2012 Alaska data set.
CARVE team members were interviewed for an episode of the Weather Channel’s Tipping Point series. The episode, “The Permafrost of the high Arctic”, will air at 6 p.m. on November 2.
The CARVE crew 4 flight days and ~21 flight hours over, Barrow, Deadhorse, Minto Flats (twice), and Fort Yukon, Alaska.
On October 26, CARVE flight crew was very surprised to observe greatly enhanced CO2 and CH4 signals while flying over the Minto Flats area.
AirMOSS successfully completed the ten day campaign imaging its three East Coast forest sites. The radar imaged each of the science sites at Howland Forest, Harvard Forest, and Duke Forest three times over the campaign. Concurrent with the radar imaging, teams from JPL and Harvard University were in the field at the Howland Forest and Harvard Forest sites, respectively, collecting in-situ soil moisture data. In addition, Purdue University's ALAR instrument conducted atmospheric science measurements at all three East Coast forest sites. The ALAR data will be used to validate the AirMOSS Net Ecosystem Exchange products. The Radar team has begun delivery of Level 1-S0 data products for BERMS, Metolius, and MOISST data acquired in July and August 2013 to the science team.
AirMOSS began another ten day campaign imaging its three East Coast forest sites on August 18. The radar will image each of the science sites at Howland Forest, Harvard Forest, and Duke Forest three times over the campaign. Concurrent with the radar imaging, teams from JPL and Harvard University are in the field at the Howland Forest and Harvard Forest sites, respectively, collecting in-situ soil moisture data. In addition, Purdue University's ALAR instrument is doing atmospheric science measurements at the East Coast forest sites this week. The ALAR data will be used to validate the AirMOSS Net Ecosystem Exchange products.
CARVE flew 2 flight days last week for a total of 15 science flight hours over Innoko and Nome, Alaska. On August 14, with more bad weather approaching, the CARVE team concluded the August campaign; CARVE flew 42 science flight hours, over 13 calendar days in August.
AirMOSS completed the Bozeman, Montana deployment and conducted three flights. The flights were conducted over Metolius, OR and BERMS, Saskatchewan. Tonzi Ranch flights originally scheduled for August are on hold because the team was not able to get approval from Beale AFB to operate the radar. The next science campaign is scheduled for mid-August in the east coast. In the past two weeks, fifty-five L1-S0 data sets were released to the science team containing data acquired in April and June 2013. Science team members also released L2 soil moisture products acquired last fall and this spring over Harvard, Howland, and La Selva.
The CARVE team arrived in Fairbanks, Alaska and started August flight operations. As of August 4, the CARVE team had accrued ~ 14 science flight hours, including flights over Deadhorse, Fort Yukon, and Minto flats.