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ARSF to NERC-ARF updates

End user deliveries

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Vector Enquiry

Note that for UK flights, if we have the data prepared for delivery and are awaiting vectors to check the accuracy against, then we should email the PI and enquire as to whether they would like the data dispatched now, or to wait until OS vectors have arrived for quality checking. The email template is below:

Subject: Pre Vector Delivery Enquiry

Dear <PI>

This is an e-mail to inform you that your <HYPERSPECTRAL/LIDAR> data for <PROJECTCODE> (<JDAY>) have passed our processing stage at NERC-ARF-DAN and we are currently awaiting the arrival of Ordnance Survey vectors in order to perform a pre-delivery final check.

The information from OS can sometimes take a while to arrive and as some principal investigators would prefer to get their data as early as possible we offer the choice of sending out the data to you now. Please let us know if you would like to take advantage of this option. The final product is rarely changed upon comparison with the vectors but if any discrepancies are found at a later date we will reprocess your data accordingly at that time.



NERC-ARF Data Analysis Node

Cover letter

There should be a cover letter with all deliveries.

You can create a PDF letter using the script -f "<JdayFletter> <sensor>", where JdayFletter is the julian day with the flight letter, and sensor is any combination of the following e, h, f, l, c. If a different year is required then this should go before the JdayFletter.

An example command is: -f "165a ech, 102 eh" (Quotation marks are required and year if required goes before the flight date e.g. 2012 165a ech)

Note this will also create a draft of the email to be sent to the PI. Please read both letter and email carefully before sending, editing as required with any information specific to that project or useful to the PI. For example, if a date has been set for a training course include this in the email.

Data quality report

There should be a hard copy of the data quality report included with all deliveries. Print off the most recent one from ~arsf/doc

Trac and website updating

  1. Update trac ticket for this project:
    1. Add a comment that this data has been delivered (describe what was sent, to whom and when)
    2. Add date of delivery next to sensor name in ticket description.
    3. If this was the final delivery then set ticket to 'archiving'.
  2. Update the Processing status page and set the dataset to "Finished".
  3. If the data were sent on a hard drive, update the disk locations.

Finalising the Delivery

'Finalise' the delivery by running '' which will move the delivery directory from the processing directory to the top level delivery directory. This can be run as <path to delivery to be finalised>

e.g. ~arsf/arsf_data/2013/flight_data/uk/GB12_04-2013_106_Eaves_Wood/processing/delivery/GB12_04-hyperspectral-20131001/

Email the PI

NOTE If you change the email text here please also change the text in the email template script ~arsf/templates/delivery/notification/delivery_email_template.txt


Notification of NERC-ARF data delivery for <PROJECT CODE>

Reply-to and CC headers: nerc-arf-processing@…


(note you need to fill in PI, DATE, NOTES, TICKETNO, also mention if you aren't sending all their data at once)

Dear <PI>,

This is to notify you that we have just dispatched your NERC-ARF data on a USB hard disk formatted to Windows NTFS. Please let us know when the data arrive so we know not to resend. We'd appreciate it if you could copy the data onto your system and return the disk to us (see below for address) for reuse.  
This is to notify you that we have placed your NERC-ARF data on a FTP server accessible at <FTPADDRESS>. Please let us know when you have downloaded the data so we can reuse the space.

The delivery comprises:
 - Specim Feinix flight lines taken on <DATE>
 - Specim Owl flight lines taken on <DATE>
 - LIDAR flight lines taken on <DATE>
 - Digital Photography taken on <DATE>

<NOTES - any other notes, including what data is held back>

Information about the processing of the project is included with the delivery, but our internal notes are also available at:<TICKETNO>

We hold an annual 2-day training workshop for users of NERC-ARF data. This workshop free to attend and provides an introduction to airborne remote sensing and data processing techniques. More specifically the focus is on hyperspectral data processing using APL software and LiDAR processing using freely available tools. This workshop is open to all users of NERC-ARF data. If you are interested in attending please contact us. 

You may wish to have images of the NERC-ARF aircraft for use in presentations. A few images of the Dornier 228 are available from our website at, please feel free to use these as you wish (crediting NERC-ARF appropriately).



NERC-ARF Data Analysis Node.
Plymouth Marine Laboratory,
Prospect Place,
PL1 3DH.

Tel: +44 (0)1752 633432
Fax: +44 (0)1752 633101
Web (Operations):
Web (DAN):
Twitter: @NERC_ARF_DAN

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EUFAR data

EUFAR only counts data as delivered when it arrives at NEODC and has time limits for payment tied to this. Please archive EUFAR data at the same time as delivering to a PI.

Follow up email

After the final dataset has been delivered for the project add a reminder to the NERC-ARF calendar a month away to send a follow up email. A template for this is available under /users/rsg/arsf/templates/delivery/notification/post_delivery_enquiry.txt.