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Andreas Schäfler, 08/31/2016 12:46 PM

Planning Procedures

(1) NAWDEX Field Phase

  • Flight Planning Phase:
  • 12 September – 19 October 2016
  • first possible flight: 19 Sep 2016 ** last possible flight: 16 Oct 2016
  • Transfers:
  • HALO: Thu, 15 September (to Keflavik) and Wed, 19 October (to OP)
  • Falcon: Sat, 17 September (to Keflavik) and Wed, 19 October (to OP)
  • Planning for the first days in Iceland
  • Thu, 15 Sep: arrival of HALO and most of the flight planning and instrument teams
  • Fri, 16 Sep: setup of the operation center and offices at the airport, flight planning with an announcement of first plans for Mon 19 Sep
  • Sat, 17 Sep: potential day-off for HALO
  • Sun, 18 Sep: kick-off-meeting (9-10 UTC)
  • Mon, 19 Sep: first possible flight day

(2) Information Transfer

  • NAWDEX Campaign Wiki
  • Information about daily schedule, flight plans, weather etc. is communicated via the NAWDEX Wiki
  • The NAWDEX Wiki is editable by all participants (upon registration)
  • The Wiki’s main page shows all essential information on: a Daily Schedule, the responsibilities, a planning summary matrix and instrument status
  • NAWDEX broadcasting via Adobe Connect
  • Meetings will be available via live stream with the Adobe Connect System (Information will follow)
  • It will not be possible of oral contributions for people outside Iceland. A real-time messaging will be available during the Meetings.
    People from outside are welcome to send information to the Operation Center or a call during the day.

(3) Daily Schedule

  • General planning Meeting (every day at 11 UTC, 13 CEST) : max. 60 Min
  • Aim: inform all participants about scientific plans and tentative flight plans, decide all open issues in coordination with the instrument groups and flight facility
  • Structure:
  • Key information from previous flight (2 minutes) *** Aircraft status report by FX-Operations *** Instrument status report by Instrument Manager *** Short weather summary: information about flight options for the next days and update for planning for the next day with the latest forecast *** Final discussion about flight pattern for next day (in case of 2 options) *** Announcement of tentative plans for Day+3 *** Coordination with other aircraft *** Demand of ground-based obs (organized by Ground-Based Observation coordinator)
  • Presentation and discussion led by the Scientific Manager
  • After the general meeting FX (pilots, operations) and the mission scientists work on filing flight plans
  • Flight planning meeting (every day at 17 UTC, 19 CEST)
  • Aims:
  • Wrap up of the discussion within the forecast team during the day *** Scientific discussion about options for the upcoming days, contribution by different groups *** Update of flight planning Matrix *** Presentation of tentative flight plans (to be filed in detail on next morning) *** Discussion about coordination of aircraft *** Decision on responsibilities
  • Campaign steering Group must be present to decide on what plans will be priority for the next morning
  • Presentation by chief forecaster supported by an assistant
  • Quick-Look Meeting
  • depending on the schedule quick-look Meetings will be held after the research flights and when instrument groups had enough time to prepare quicklooks *** after or before the flight planning meeting *** should be organized by the instrument manager (collect presentations)
  • Debriefing
  • Will be held after the research flights at the Airport *** Pilots and mission scientists

(4) Responsibilities

(5) Coordination with other Aircraft/Ground-Based Observation:

  • French Falcon
  • French Falcon obervation period: 29 Sep – 17 Oct *** Contacts: Julien Delanoe (LATMOS/IPSL/UVSQ), Gwendal Rivière (LMD-ENS), Philippe Arbogast (Météo France) *** The French planning team will stay with us in the operation center near the Airport * procedure on the exchange of information and regular meetings has to be discussed (should be done before the HALO/Falcon General Meeting starts) *** The Scientific Manager will be the contact person from our side
  • Global Hawk / SHOUT
  • Global Hawk: (Jim, please add exact dates with overlap), *** Contacts: Jim Doyle (NRL) will coordinate the exchange of information with the SHOUT team, Jason Dunion (NOAA) *** Daily coordination calls from XX Sep to XX Oct at XX UTC
  • UK BAE 146
    • Operates from Cranfield *** Operation period: 19-30 September, 9-16 October, 2-3 double-flight missions), *** Contact: John Methven (U Reading) *** Daily coordination calls from XX Sep to XX Oct at XX UTC
  • Ground-based observations (this section needs to be specified)
    • Managed by the ground-based observation coordinator ** Observations: *** DLR radiosondes (operated by M. Bramberger, from ) *** France: ** *Gwendal & Philippe please add information on possible contact persons for the Supersites *** Canada: ** automatic 6-hourly releases from 19 Sep - 17 Oct *** *(add list os Station names) *** UK: ** Contact: Geraint Vaughan *** *(add some Information on Aberystwyth super site) *** Norway: *** EUMETNET: in case of a positive vote for our proposal (decision expected for 1 Sep 2016) we will add the procedure for on-demand radiosondes within the European network

(6) Reports