SHIFT Campaign Research Plane Flight Area Map
The Surface Biology and Geology High-Frequency Time Series (SHIFT) campaign employs a research plane carrying the AVIRIS-NG (Airborne Visible/Infrared Imaging Spectrometer-Next Generation) instrument. From late February to late May 2022, the plane is collecting spectral data of land and aquatic plant communities over a 640-square-mile (1,656-square-kilometer) study area in Santa Barbara County and the nearby ocean. SHIFT is jointly led by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), and The Nature Conservancy.
The aerial portion of SHIFT flies on an approximately weekly basis over the study area, which includes the Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve, owned by The Nature Conservancy, and the Sedgwick Reserve, operated by UCSB. SHIFT combines the ability of airborne science instruments to gather data over widespread areas with the more concentrated observations scientists conduct in the field to study the functional characteristics, health, and resilience of plant communities.
The sampling and analysis done by researchers on the ground and in the ocean is intended to validate data taken by AVIRIS-NG and help scientists design data collection and processing algorithms for NASA's proposed Surface Biology and Geology (SBG) mission, which would launch no earlier than 2028. The data is also intended to support the research and conservation objectives of The Nature Conservancy, which owns the Dangermond Preserve, and UCSB, which operates the Sedgwick Reserve, another nature preserve within the study area. More than 60 scientists from institutions around the U.S. have indicated they intend to use the SHIFT data in their research.