Aircraft and operation plan

Two aircraft based at Longyearbyen airport (Svalbard) will be deployed:

  • ATR42 (SAFIRE): it usually flies in middle
    troposphere (~5km) up to 7.5 km, it has an endurance of about 3h30 and a range of 1500 km. It will be equipped of a Radar/lidar platform and in-situ microphysics probes.
  • Twin Otter (BAS): it flies in low-level troposphere, it will make measurements of turbulent fluxes and surface properties (temperature, albedo and topography) through infrared remote sensing and laser altimeter.

Comparison with CloudSat/CALIPSO overpasses will be made for some flights when available.