Sensing the Arctic: Autonomous and Aubmersible Vehicles – Results, Opportunities and Good Governance

Organized by the UK Arctic Office (funded by the Natural Environment Research Council) 24. August 2016

Saturday, October 8, 14:30-15:30

Location: Norðurljós, Harpa Second Level

The harshness of the Arctic environment can make research access to its seas and remote locations difficult. But rapid innovative technological development is increasingly enabling remotely operated and autonomous vehicles to make observations in the most challenging of environments. How do we make the best and safest use of this technology, whilst getting the right governance in place?

Speakers will present the latest in autonomous technology; discuss the value of remote-access data and outline recent findings; show how to train the next generation of developers and operators; and consider the best practice in governance systems.

This breakout session brings together practitioners, designers, researchers and developers, along with those looking at current and future regulatory challenges. It is relevant to a wide range of people interested in the present and future of autonomous and submersible vehicles in the Arctic, their operation and in developing innovative research.


  • Henry Burgess, Head, Arctic Office, Natural Environment Research Council, UK


  • Mark Inall, Director, Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society, Scottish Association for Maritime Science (SAMS)
  • Alberto Naveira, Director, Next Generation Unmanned Systems Science, University of Southampton: Training the next generation of environmental scientists in the use of Smart and Autonomous Observing Systems
  • Charlotte Marcinko, Research Scientist, University of Southampton: Insights into Arctic Oceanography from Submarine Sensors
  • Maaten Furlong, Head, Marine Autonomous & Robotic Systems Group, National Oceanography Centre