An overview of above airborne campaign data acquisitions and science opportunities

C. E. Miller, P. C. Griffith, S. J. Goetz, E. E. Hoy, N. Pinto, I. B. McCubbin, A. K. Thorpe, M. Hofton, D. Hodkinson, C. Hansen, J. Woods, E. Larson, E. S. Kasischke, H. A. Margolis

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The 2017 Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment Airborne Campaign (AAC) was one of the largest, most complex airborne science experiments conducted by NASA's Earth Science Division. Between April and November, the AAC involved ten aircraft in more than 200 science flights that surveyed over 4 million km2 in Alaska and northwestern Canada. Many flights were coordinated with same-day ground-based measurements to link process-level studies with geospatial data products derived from satellite sensors. The AAC collected data spanning the critical intermediate space and time scales that are essential for a comprehensive understanding of scaling across the ABoVE Study Domain and ultimately extrapolation to the pan-Arctic using satellite data and ecosystem models. The AAC provided unique opportunities to validate satellite and airborne remote sensing data and data products for northern high latitude ecosystems. The science strategy coupled domain-wide sampling with L-band and P-band synthetic aperture radar (SAR), imaging spectroscopy, full waveform LIDAR, atmospheric trace gases (including carbon dioxide and methane), as well as focused studies using Ka-band SAR and solar induced chlorophyll fluorescence. Targets of interest included field sites operated by the ABoVE Science Team as well as the intensive and/or long-term sites operated by US and Canadian partners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number080201
JournalEnvironmental Research Letters
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jul 26 2019


  • ABoVE
  • airborne remote sensing
  • arctic
  • boreal forest
  • ecosystems
  • permafrost
  • tundra

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • General Environmental Science
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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