Tag Archives: airborne

Off to Greece to check out the atmosphere

From Dirk (ESA), NL, 29 August I’m leaving the Netherlands to take part in a campaign called ‘Carbonexp’ – an ESA airborne campaign to measure the chemical and physical properties of aerosol particles in the atmosphere. We’re carrying out the experiment on the island of Crete in Greece between 31 August and 9 September.  These tests are going to be important for future atmospheric satellite missions such as the Sentinel-4 and Sentinel-5 that ESA is building for Europe’s Global Monitoring for Environment and Security programme, and also for the development of CarbonSat, which is one of the candidate missions for ESA’s eighth Earth Explorer. This is an airborne campaign – meaning the...

Mapping sea ice up close with ASIRAS

From Malcolm (ESA), Alert, 16 April As an ESA campaign coordinator, I sometimes fly along with airborne scientists and observe how data are collected and how the different instruments on the plane are run. This part of my work has always been fascinating and of great value in understanding how to run campaigns together with participants. Today, I was a guest on the Norlandair Twin Otter at Alert, Canada, carrying the CryoSat airborne simulator ASIRAS. Its cramped interior is packed with instruments and, thankfully, the odd seat for the scientists operating the instruments. In the past few days, the ASIRAS team members – guided by their friendly and experienced scientist Henriette Skourup...