OIB ATM sitrep 11/15/18 pm

The AFRC DC8 aircraft flew into clearing conditions over Thwaites Glacier allowing us to complete the “Thwaites 2002” land ice mission today. While we had some concern that portions of the survey site might be cloudy, we encountered sunny blues skies for the most part, with some areas of high clouds over the upper glacier. All OIB remote sensing instruments reported good data collection (with the exception of the ATM SWIR imaging spectrometer which had an issue resulting in loss of the second half of survey site data).
 
Tomorrow is the last possible OIB science mission day, which will depend on acceptable weather over one of the remaining OIB science sites..
 
 
Wikipedia Notes [Thanks Rob!]:
 
Thwaites Glacier: A broad glacier flowing into Amundsen Sea about 30 mi E of Mount Murphy, Marie Byrd Land. Though imperfectly delineated, the glacier has tremendous flow and in January 1966 had formed a large floating glacier tongue (40 mi long) and an extensive grounded iceberg tongue (70 mi long). Together, these features extend into Amundsen Sea more than 100 mi and inhibit E-W navigation by ships. Mapped by USGS from surveys and U.S. Navy air photos, 1959-66. Named by US-ACAN in association with Thwaites Glacier Tongue.
 
Wide view of today’s mission
 
 
Detail of today’s science flight lines
 
 
A view of Pine Island Glacier calving front on the transit to Thwaites
 
Icebergs breaking from the Thwaites calving front
Icebergs breaking from the Thwaites calving front
 
[Wikipedia: Thanks Rob!]
 
Eckman Bluff, An angular bluff, mostly ice covered but with a steep SE rock face, rising to c. 350 m in the S part of Jones Bluffs, Bear Peninsula, on the Walgreen Coast, Marie Byrd Land. Mapped by USGS from surveys and USN aerial photographs taken 1966. Named by US-ACAN after Cdr. James F. Eckman, USCG, Engineer Officer on USCGC Burton Island, 1970-71;
 
Approaching Mount Murphy 
 
[Wikipedia: Thanks Rob!]
 
Mount Murphy,  A massive, snow-covered mountain with steep, rocky slopes, rising to 2,705 m directly S of Bear Peninsula, Marie Byrd Land. The mountain is bounded by the Smith, Pope and Haynes Glaciers. Delineated from aerial photographs taken by USN Operation HighJump in January 1947. Named by US-ACAN for Robert Cushman Murphy of the American Museum of Natural History, noted authority on Antarctic and sub-Antarctic bird life. While serving on the whaler and charted the Bay of Isles region of South Georgia.
 
Looking downstream on Thwaites glacier toward the calving front
 
Crevasses on Thwaites Glacier
 
 
Mt Murphy
 
ATM T6 wide scan elevation plot over an 35 meter tall (above water level) iceberg (40 meter full scale)
ATM T6 wide scan elevation plot over an 60 meter tall (above water level) iceberg (70 meter full scale)
Wider view of ATM T6 wide scan elevation data over the Thwaites ice front

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