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Andreas Schäfler, 08/31/2016 01:09 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 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

  • HALO/Falcon Campaign Steering Group: ** Group of 5 people that reach a final decision if needed (in case of different opinions) ** Scientific Manager, Chief Forecaster, Instrument Manager, 2 NAWDEX Scientific steering group members * Scientific Manager: ** central contact person ** knows all about the planning activities of the upcoming days ** chairs the General Meeting ** presents weather summary, flight plans and science goals ** guides the decision making process ** Deliverables: *** presentation at General meeting *** planning summary matrix (gives an overview of plans for upcoming days, see Wiki-page for an example) *** daily schedule (in coordination with DLR-FX operations) *** responsibilities on NAWDEX wiki page *** planning summary: a document that summarizes the planning process of the day and discussion at the meetings with focus on plans / changes / discussion topics * Chief Forecaster: ** coordinates the forecasting team: ** collects information from forecasting group, ** provides information to mission scientists ** chairs the Flight planning meeting ** Deliverables: *** Presentation at Flight planning meeting *** Weather Summary: document on the weather situation of the day, *** I would like to add an assistant position, a student that could prepare the Weather Summary * Technical Manager: ** Organizes the meetings (on-time start, infrastructure (computer, video projector, Streaming via Adobe Connect) ** Takes care of NAWDEX wiki (updates of main page, presentations, summaries, pictures) ** Collects reports * Instrument Manager: ** Collects information from all instrument PI’s on current status ** Ideally a person from the instrument groups ** Deliverables: *** Instrument summary (summary of the instrument status of the day, describe possible work on instruments) *** Instrument status table (overview of instrument status that is provided on the Wiki page) * Mission Scientists ** 1-3 persons (1 per aircraft, 1 at the ground) that are responsible that conduct a mission ** Deliverables *** Pre-flight: Develop the flight plans with pilots and operations, define release locations for dropsondes, provide flight plan to technical manager for upload to wiki page *** Mission on-board: in-flight decisions HALO: communication with ground, dropsonde releases, Falcon: wind lidar operator *** Mission ground: monitors PLANET chat during the research flight, upload of most recent satellite images *** Post-flight: mission summary (document that summarizes all events during a flight including onboard/ground) * Coordinator for Ground-Based Observations: ** Information to all ground-based observation facilities ** activation of additional observations * FX Operation contact persons ** Frank Probst (): add time periods ** Stefan Hempe () ** Katrin Witte ** Andreas Minikin add time periods ** Coordination of flights and flight planning with pilots, set boundary conditions for our flight planning * Campaign Reporter: ** Creates the campaign diary that will be provided on the Wiki page ** Position can be filled by all volunteers: PhD student, instrument operator, radiosonde operator,… ** Deliverables: Create a short blog contribution that shows the day from different perspectives Collect some pictures of the day ** Here is an example that gives a rough idea

(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