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Dataset Collection


NERC Airborne Research and Survey Facility (ARSF) Remote Sensing Data

Status: Not defined
Publication State: published


The Airborne Research & Survey Facility (ARSF, formerly Airborne Remote Sensing Facility) is managed by NERC Scientific Services and Programme Management. It provides the UK environmental science community, and other potential users, with the means to obtain remotely-sensed data in the form of synoptic analogue and digital imagery for use in research, survey and monitoring programmes. Data offered by the facility includes:

1) Aerial photography data collected with an analogue camera, the Wild RC-10 visible NIR, in conjunction with CASI and ATM instruments.

2) Airborne Thematic Mapper (ATM): ARSF has flown two ATM instruments over the period 1982 - 2008: the Daedalus 1268 was operated from 1982 until 1998. Since 1996 and until 2008 an upgraded version - the Azimuth Systems AZ-16 was used, along with an improved data acquisition system.

3) LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) data from an Optech ALTM 3033 instrument. The sensor is on loan to the ARSF only for some periods of the year from the Unit of Landscape Modelling (ULM) at Cambridge University.

4) High spectral and spatial resolution data from the Compact Airborne Spectrographic Imager (CASI 2). The CASI 2, produced by Itres Research of Canada, is a two-dimensional CCD array-based pushbroom imaging spectrograph operated by ARSF until 2007

5) High spectral and spatial resolution data from the AISA Eagle and Hawk hyperspectral sensors (since 2007). The AISA Eagle is a 12 bit, pushbroom, hyperspectral sensor with a 1000 pixel swath width, covering the visible and near infra-red spectrum 400 - 970nm. The AISA Hawk is a 14 bit sensor able to capture short wave infrared wavelengths, 970 - 2450nm.

The ARSF currently uses a Dornier 228 aircraft. This extensively modified aircraft is not only capable of accommodating the current ARSF core instrumentation, as well as additional experimental optical and geophysical sensors, but is also configured to deploy a range of atmospheric instrumentation and samplers. Such a comprehensive data service cannot be easily achieved by other survey techniques. The operational flying season generally spans from early March until early October. Three elements determine this period: weather, solar zenith angle and vegetation state; maintenance on the aircraft; sensor maintenance as this is performed by the manufacturers between November and January. Every day during this season, the ARSF has to make difficult decisions on whether or not to attempt flying based on weather forecasts, and to prioritise the most important projects based on many parameters. Flying schedule is available from the ARSF website.

The NEODC holds the entire archive of Airborne Thematic Mapper (ATM) and Compact Airborne Spectrographic Imager (CASI) data acquired by the NERC ARSF. High-resolution scanned digital versions of the entire collection of analogue photographs are now also available as well as selected LiDAR-derived elevation and terrain models for selected sites flown using the sensor.

Citable as:NERC Airborne Research and Survey Facility; Airborne Research and Survey Facility (2007): NERC Airborne Research and Survey Facility (ARSF) Remote Sensing Data. NERC Earth Observation Data Centre, date of citation.
Abbreviation: ARSF

Upcoming datasets

Dataset supports the following projects:
 ARSF - Flight 03/07: Reading area
 ARSF - Flight MC04/09: Slovenia - Idrija and Ravne Faults
 ARSF - Flight GB05/16: Birmingham area
 ARSF - Flight 03/xx: Sawtry area
 ARSF - Flight GB2004/21: Chilbolton area
 ARSF - Flight 03/CAL: Calibration over Monks Wood area
 ARSF - Flight 04/999: Test - Monks Wood area
 ARSF - Flight GB05/15: Fingringhoe area
 ARSF - Flight 03/20: Glass Sat Cal Project
 ARSF - Flight 03/28: Bath area
 ARSF - Flight 03/02: Arctic Sea Ice
 ARSF - Flight 03/22: Sound of Eriskay area
 ARSF - Flight 02/04: Plymouth area
 ARSF - Flight 02/20: River Frome
 ARSF - Flight 02/35: Newport Bay area
 ARSF - Flight 02/test: Monks Wood area
 ARSF - Flight 00/20: Bedfordshire and West Midlands areas
 ARSF - Flight 95/20: Tweed Estuary
 ARSF - Flight 99/01: Griffin Forest, Alice Holt area
 ARSF - Flight 01/40: Black Ven area
 ARSF - Flight 01/test: Monks Wood area
 ARSF - Flight 97/test: Denmark, Storebaelt Bridge area
 ARSF - Flight 00/28: River Nith
 ARSF - Flight 00/22: New Forest area
 ARSF - Flight 01/41: Unnamed Project
 ARSF - Flight 00/01: France, Morbihan area
 ARSF - Flight 94/09: Glensaugh, Sourhope (North), Sourhope (South), Drayton, Wytham, Rothamsted, Cairngorms, Snowdonia, Porton, Alice Holt, North Wyke and Moor House areas
 ARSF - Flight 97/18: Auchencarroch, Tarbolton Ayrshire and Greengairs areas
 ARSF - Flight 01/42: Netherlands, Millingerwaard area
 ARSF - Flight 98/xx: North West Norfolk area
 ARSF - Flight 98/06: Conington area
 ARSF - Flight 00/25: Isle of Islay
 ARSF - Flight 99/08: Grimsby, Immingham and Hessle areas
 ARSF - Flight 00/test: Monks Wood area
 ARSF - Flight 95/35: Alps Italy and Austria, Ecomont area
 ARSF - Flight 95/16: Spain, Rodalquilar area
 ARSF - Flight 97/21: Tweed Estuary and Humber Estuary
 ARSF - Flight 95/29: Spain - Rodalquilar and Carboneras areas
 ARSF - Flight 95/30: Spain, Coto Donana area
 ARSF - Flight 95/34: Lake Vrynwy area
 ARSF - Flight 93/05: Spain, Portugos area
 ARSF - Flight 96/32: Salisbury Plain
 ARSF - Flight 96/02: Llanbrynmair Moor area
 ARSF - Flight 96/29: Spain, Rambla Honda, Velez del Rubio and Rambla de Noglate areas
 ARSF - Flight 94/14: Tamar Valley area
 ARSF - Flight 97/09: Kilham area
 ARSF - Flight 96/36: Walsall and Wolverhampton areas
 ARSF - Flight 96/23: Spain - Puerto Lumbreras, Embalse de Puentes and Las Palas areas
 ARSF - Flight 96/33: Porton Down area
 ARSF - Flight 96/30: Spain, Rambla Honda, Velez del Rubio, Rambla de Nogalte and Rambla del Chortal areas
 ARSF - Flight 94/25: Charmouth area
 ARSF - Flight 96/28: Spain - Las Palas and Puerto Lumbreras areas
 ARSF - Flight 95/xx: Conington area
 ARSF - Flight 96/xx: Llyn Brianne area
 ARSF - Flight 95/x: Llyn Brianne area
 ARSF - Flight 96/34: Lake Vyrnwy
 ARSF - Flight 94/26: Black Ven area
 ARSF - Flight 96/test: Monks Wood area
 ARSF - Flight 93/19: Thorney Island area
 ARSF - Flight 93/RT: River Tay flood plain
 ARSF - Flight 94/18: Broadbalk area
 ARSF - Flight 93/xx: South Downs area
 ARSF - Flight 91/28: France, Col de Peyrelue area
 ARSF - Flight 92/16: Somme Basin and French Coast area
 ARSF - Flight 92/21: River Severn, Caersws area
 ARSF - Flight 91/15: Tamar Valley area
 ARSF - Flight 90/02: Central Highlands area
 ARSF - Flight 89/15: Vale of Clwyd area
 ARSF - Flight 88/34: Skelmersdale area
 ARSF - Flight 91/31: Stour Valley area
 ARSF - Flight 91/43: South Coast area
 ARSF - Flight 86/01: Brooms Barn area
 ARSF - Flight 90/15: Somerset Levels area
 ARSF - Flight 90/06: West Cumbria, Ullock area
 ARSF - Flight 91/40: Charmouth area
 ARSF - Flight 89/30: Wolferton Creek, Welney, Woodwalton Fen, Monks Wood, Swavesey and Littlebury Green areas
 ARSF - Flight 91/44: Humber Estuary
 ARSF - Flight 89/28: Helmsdale area
 ARSF - Flight 91/41: Whitehaven area
 ARSF - Flight 89/27: River Severn
 ARSF - Flight 90/12: Broadbalk area
 ARSF - Flight 90/17: Somerset Levels area
 ARSF - Flight 86/29: Avon Valley area
 ARSF - Flight 86/12: Skipwith Common area
 ARSF - Flight 88/36: Charmouth area
 ARSF - Flight 88/37: Folkestone area
 ARSF - Flight 86/30: Irish Sea
 ARSF - Flight 86/37: Southampton Water area
 ARSF - Flight 86/44: Bentley Wood, Whitecross Green Wood, Shabbington Wood and Waterperry Wood areas
 ARSF - Flight 86/47: Brentwood area
 ARSF - Flight 86/50: Picket Wood, Somerford Common and Ampfield Wood areas
 ARSF - Flight 83/16: Derbyshire area
 ARSF - Flight 85/19: Bawtry (W) area
 ARSF - Flight 86/xx: Liphook area
 ARSF - Flight 91/29: Anglesey area
 ARSF - Flight 85/XX: Swindon area
 ARSF - Flight 85/CR30: Newborough Forest area
 ARSF - Flight 84/28: Loch Assynt area
 ARSF - Flight 85/02: Rothamsted area
 ARSF - Flight 85/30: Snowdonia and Aber areas
 ARSF - Flight 92/08: River Tay
 ARSF - Flight 84/test: Kidlington area
 ARSF - Flight 85/18: Bawtry (E) area
 ARSF - Flight 91/04: Grafham Water and Monks Wood areas
 ARSF - Flight 85/RE: River Estuaries
 ARSF - Flight 84/26: Strath Oykel area
 ARSF - Flight 85/32: Swindon area
 ARSF - Flight 91/05: North Sea, Rotterdam area
 ARSF - Flight 83/R3: Weston-super-Mare area
 ARSF - Flight 84/35: Swansea area
 ARSF - Flight 83/test: Swindon area
 ARSF - Flight 83/47: Norwich, Strumpshaw Marsh area
 ARSF - Flight 82/24: Windermere area
 ARSF - Flight 92/10: Insh Marshes area
 ARSF - Flight 88/01: Severn Valley area
 ARSF - Flight 88/10: North Dartmoor area
 ARSF - Flight 96/15: Beaulieu Heath area
 ARSF - Flight 88/07: Bell Rock area
 ARSF - Flight 87/51: Conway Estuary
 ARSF - Flight 87/27: Esthwaite Water area
 ARSF - Flight 88/11: Hertord area
 ARSF - Flight 88/05: Fife and Tayside areas
 ARSF - Flight 87/48: Crymlyn Bog area
 ARSF - Flight 87/47: Dolgellau area
 ARSF - Flight 88/31: Guiting Power area
 ARSF - Flight 88/17: Belper area
 ARSF - Flight 88/16: Belper area
 ARSF - Flight 87/44: Aran Fawddwy area
 ARSF - Flight 88/06: North Sea Teeside and Humberside areas
 ARSF - Flight 87/20: Hunterston area
 ARSF - Flight 88/14: Tay Estuary
 ARSF - Flight 87/43: Hamford and West Mersea areas
 ARSF - Flight 88/03: Aberlady Bay area
 ARSF - Flight 87/32: Clipstone Forest area
 ARSF - Flight 88/38: Ironbridge area
 ARSF - Flight 87/58: Brue Valley area
 ARSF - Flight 87/50: River Esk and River Duddon Catchment areas
 ARSF - Flight 87/57: Parys Mountain area
 ARSF - Flight 87/06: Yorkshire Wolds area
 ARSF - Flight 87/12: Hunterston area
 ARSF - Flight 86/15: Derwent Fells area
 ARSF - Flight 86/16: Tay Estuary
 ARSF - Flight 98/08: Bosworth Field area
 ARSF - Flight 97/19: Trough of Bowland, Wet Sleddale and Auchencarroch areas
 ARSF - Flight 98/18: Newbiggin Crag area