Sea Ice Mapping in Oliktok Point, Alaska
This campaign will leverage ACUASI’s 16-year history of flying UAS in Alaska and the Arctic, including beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) operations over the Arctic Ocean from Oliktok Point and Wainwright, AK, and over the Bering Sea from various research vessels, to create a concept of operations and operational system for collecting information important to NOAA scientists from locations over the Arctic Ocean. The potential payloads for these missions will include cameras, meteorological sensors, and other instruments depending on the conditions and the needs specified by remote sensing and sea ice scientists. High-resolution surface roughness, albedo, ridging, sea ice motion, percentage of ice covered by water, etc. are among the variables desired by sea ice experts to understand the ice dynamics and validate satellite retrievals of ice surface parameters.